Dora Ann Allen
SYLVA - Born Dora Ann Allen, aka “Dodie,” March 4, 1935 in Hollywood Florida, she graduated from Fort Lauderdale High School.
Dodie founded the Juniorettes Young Women’s club at Fort Lauderdale High School, a club promoting women in business and community activism. She was a member of the Fort Lauderdale Women’s League after graduation, serving the civic, educational, cultural and humanitarian needs in Broward County.
Dodie was very politically active early in life, serving on the Barry Goldwater campaign in the early ’60s. She married James Steven Blaschik of East Haddam Connecticut in 1957 at First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale, where both were active members. They met and married out of their love of dancing in the mid ’50s.
She was the manager over all Operator Services at Southern Bell while raising four children, Sallie, Jamie, Stephanie, and Andrew Blaschik, all of Fort Lauderdale Florida.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Sallie Allen; sisters, Fae and June Allen; and brother, Winn Allen, all of Fort Lauderdale Florida. She is survived by her four children; four grandchildren, Shea, Grant, Todd and Aaron; and seven great-grandchildren.
Dodie had many diversified passions, including being a member of the South Florida Garden Club and eventually starting her own landscaping design and nursery business in South Florida.
She became Col. Dodie Allen in 1986, the first woman auctioneer in Western North Carolina, after moving to Western North Carolina in the early ’80s. She was tenacious about her passions, and her enthusiasm was infectious to any who came in contact with her. She had an eye for beauty and a flare for originality, from gardening to staging an auction. She became a licensed real estate agent to better serve the public in the auctioneering field, and her motto “have gavel, will travel” was widely known throughout Western North Carolina.
She left this world on Sept. 6, 2019 and will be missed by her many friends, especially those at Uncle Bill’s Flea Market, where she “manned, or should we say “womaned,” her political booth and spoke with everyone about our Constitution and our right to vote and any other political topics.
In 2012, she was honored to be elected to serve on the Electoral College and traveled to our state capital in Raleigh to cast her region’s vote for president.
Her big smile and black glasses will be missed by her many friends and her auctioneer family, as well as at Western Carolina University, where she served as a Vista volunteer. “You know it, and I know it!”
As a tribute, a memorial auction will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 at Uncle Bill’s Flea Market, located at 5427 US 74 West in Whittier.
Townson-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Allen family. An online register is available at townson-smithfuneralhome.com.