Robert M. Allen Sr.
Robert Michael Allen Sr., a former state correctional officer, died June 22 of cancer at his West Baltimore residence. He was 46.
Mr. Allen, who had been a correctional officer at the Maryland Penitentiary and Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center for 10 years, retired in 1990 on disability because of failing health.
Born and raised in West Baltimore, he attended city schools, then earned his high school equivalency while in the Air Force. He joined the Air Force in 1967 and served in the Philippines and Vietnam before being discharged in 1970.
He enjoyed attending family reunions, repairing automobiles, fishing for bass and trout, and collecting tropical fish.
His 1970 marriage to the former Liberata P. "Glenda" Dorso ended in divorce.
Services were held yesterday at Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Lanvale Street and Carrollton Avenue, where Mr. Allen was a member. Burial was at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery.
He is survived by two sons, Robert M. Allen Jr. and Raynaldo Mark Allen, both of Baltimore; two brothers, Rodney Milo Allen of Baltimore and Army Sgt. Richard Mark Allen, who is stationed in South Korea; two sisters, Maria Allen-Tolson and Renee Allen, both of Baltimore; his father, William Allen, and his stepmother, Loise Farr Allen of Baltimore; four stepsisters, Harriett L. Farr of Philadelphia, Betty Farr Gach of Columbia, and Joyce Farr Gillard and Valarie Farr, both of Baltimore; a nephew, Donald P. Brown Jr. of Baltimore; and several aunts and uncles. Mathilde Jean Jenkins, a Towson homemaker who enjoyed telling stories about her childhood in South Baltimore, died Monday of pneumonia at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 89.
Mrs. Jenkins was a resident of Alabama Road for more than 40 years. She remained active in old age, driving her car until recently.
She was proud of her South Baltimore heritage.
"She was born and raised on Hull Street in Locust Point, studied at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parochial School and remembered when Fort McHenry was an active military post during World War I," a daughter, Blanche E. Francis of Baldwin, said yesterday.
She was born Mathilde Rouchard and left school in the eighth grade to work at Procter & Gamble where she was employed in the office until her 1939 marriage to George H. Jenkins. Mr. Jenkins, former chief engineer at the plant, died in 1956.
"Those were the days -- we were so happy growing up there, and it was a lovely place," said her sister, Ann M. "Betty" Rouchard of Towson, speaking of South Baltimore early in the century. When the girls got mad with a nun at school, "she'd quickly get us out of that mood," Miss Rouchard recalled about her sister.
Mrs. Jenkins was a parishioner of the old Roman Catholic cathedral, the Basilica of the Assumption on Cathedral Street. She enjoyed reading, following politics and visiting sick relatives and friends.
A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 11:30 a.m. today at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Cockeysville.
Mrs. Jenkins is also survived by another daughter, Betty Lou Jenkins of Towson; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.