Born Dora Ann Allen, aka “Dodie” March 4, 1935, in Hollywood Fla.
She graduated from Ft. Lauderdale High School. She founded Juniorettes Young Women’s club at Fort Lauderdale High, 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, Conn., in 1957 at First Baptist Church of Ft. 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, Fla.
She was preceded in death by Jack and Sallie Allen, parents; sisters, Fae and June Allen; and brother, Winn Allen, all of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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 WNC 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 WNC.
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 I 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, 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, 5427 Highway 74 West, Whittier, NC 28789.
Townson-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Allen family. An online register is available at www.townson-smithfuneralhome.com.