Eleanor Clark Allen
Eleanor Clark Allen, of New Canaan, died June 20. She was 93.
Born in Coloma, Wisc., Oct. 2, 1917 to Hulda Wichner Clark and Rollin J. Clark, Mrs. Allen grew up in Ladysmith, Wisc. She attended Lawrence University and subsequently pursued a multi-year teaching career in the Wisconsin education system.
Allen was the wife of Joseph H. Allen, whom she was married to for 70 years. They lived in Darien for 50 years before moving to their home in New Canaan.
She was committed to her communities, her many friends and to such organizations as the Stamford Hospital and Children's Aid, for which she volunteered and chaired committees for more than 30 years.
Well known and highly respected as an organizer and player in the local bridge world, she professed and demonstrated that bridge kept her young. She also took great pleasure in hosting friends and family at home and at the family's mountain home in Vermont.
Allen is survived by her husband and three children: David Allen, of Millbrook, N.Y.; Elisabeth Adams, of Eden Prairie, Minn.; and Melinda Beardsley, of Darien; five grandchildren: Ben Adams, Colleen Cary, Amy Adams, Ryan Cary and Lauren Beardsley; one great-grandchild, Allen Adams, and her older sister, Gertrude O'Connor.
A memorial service will be held at the Noroton Presbyterian Church, 2011 Post Road in Darien, Thursday at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820.