The Rev. Barbara Allen

Obituary of The Rev. Barbara A. Allen

Barbara Ann Frederick Allen, aged 84 years, died peacefully on August 28, 2021 at the Loretto Cunningham Health and Rehabilitation Facility in Syracuse, NY. Barbara was born on August 23, 1937, in Kilgore, TX to Robert and Carrie Frederick. The family moved often in her youth, finally settling in Livermore, CA. Barbara held an Associate of Science degree in Nursing from the Pasadena City College where she also received her RN certification, which she maintained until just a few years before her death. Barbara was a certified ASL interpreter, having received training while a part of the First Baptist Church, East Hartford, CT, and worked for many years as a professional interpreter. She also held a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown College in Frankfort, KY, and a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, serving as a chaplain for Hospice of Louisville for more than a decade. She was ordained to the diaconate of the Episcopal Church, and was ordained to the priesthood in 2001. She served as the Rector of the congregation of St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church of the Deaf in Bethesda, MD from 2002 until her retirement in 2014. Barbara loved to knit and read (until her deteriorating eyesight made those things impossible). She loved music and was an accomplished amateur singer. She was always drawn to the water, and spent as much time swimming as possible, especially in her younger years. Her heart was always with the deaf community, and she served many roles within the ECD - the Episcopal Conference of the Deaf - during her tenure as a priest for the deaf and hard of hearing. Barbara was pre-deceased by her beloved brother, Thomas Frederick. She is survived by her sons, Robert (Cathye) and Timothy (Lynn); and grandchildren, Ashley Handeland (Ohio), Leah and Phoebe Allen (Framlingham, UK), and MacKenzie and Meaghan Allen (Liverpool, NY). She also leaves behind her friend and sister-in-law, Kathie Frederick; and many nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren. The family wishes to thank the good people of Loretto CNY, and especially the staff of the PACE CNY program, The Heritage, and the Cunningham Health and Rehabilitation facility for their wonderful, supportive care. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers or other remembrances the family requests that donations be made to The Alzheimers Association - alz.org, or the CNY Cat Coalition - cnycatcoalition.org. Arrangements are with Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel.
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