Frances “Francie” Crosby Allen

Fort Myers, Fla. — Frances “Francie” Crosby Allen, age 97, passed away peacefully on June 21, 2013 at Shell Point Pavilion in Fort Myers. The Milton, Mass. native was the third of four daughters born to William Henry and Georgia Bent Crosby on Sept. 30, 1915.

After graduating from Milton High School, Francie attended Colby Junior College in New London, N.H. and graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. in 1937. Employed as a secretary at Fuller Cadillac, she met Richard S. Douglas of Quincy, Mass. and they were married on Valentine’s Day of 1942. The couple raised their three children in Wilton, Conn., but Richard died in 1956. Francie then married Philip D. Allen of Chicago, Ill. in 1960.

The Allens retired to the Eastman Community in Grantham, N.H. in 1971 and spent over 20 years enjoying the outdoors and being active volunteers, often for Dartmouth College athletics and the Hood Museum.

In 1994, the Allens joined the Shell Point Retirement Community near Sanibel Island, Fla. where they had often visited. Francie volunteered until almost 90 years old at the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum in programs for children.

Francie is survived by her daughters and their husbands, Cynthia D. Bittinger and her husband, William of Hanover, N.H. and Jane Barna and her husband, Kenneth of Brookline, Mass. Francie’s two stepsons are Philip Drake Allen of Northfield, Ill. and Barry Allen of North Reddington Beach, Fla. Her son, Richard Douglas, predeceased her. She is survived by twelve grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

Graveside memorial services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 in Hanover, N.H.

Contributions in her memory may be made to “adopt-a-class” program at the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, FL 33957.