Allen, Carol

Carol Scribante Allen, aged 73, passed away at her home in Wilmington, DE on December 20, 2019. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, James Allen MD, her daughter, Mary Allen, her son, Peter Allen, and her grandson Max Lakhram. Also surviving is her aunt, Elvina Torra Armento, and cousins Valerie Armento, Anne Dunn, Janice Scherba, Lisa Armento all from California. Carol was the only child of Peter and Celsina Torra Scribante of Jackson Heights, NY. Carol graduated from Dominican Academy in Manhattan and Cornell University (BS 1967) in Ithaca, NY. She obtained Masters degrees from both Columbia University (1968) and Stanford University in (1972) in teaching and education.

Education was Carol’s calling. She taught at Washington Irving High School in New York City and August Martin High School near Kennedy Airport. At August Martin she set up the school’s first co-operative education program which introduced students to opportunities in travel and aviation. Her success in this program resulted in her selection for a Masters degree at Stanford University. After her marriage in June 1975 and while her husband completed his residency training in Minneapolis, MN, Carol served as a guidance counselor at Fridley Junior High School in Fridley MN. She was a well-respected educator who students remembered with letters of appreciation sent to her after their graduations.

With her husband’s entry into the Navy in 1978, Carol assumed all the roles associated with the military lifestyle. She managed the move of the family to five different houses, setting up loving homes for her husband and her children, twins Mary and Peter. Carol immersed herself in volunteer work, both as a mother and educator and as a devoted member of several Catholic organizations.

Upon her husband’s retirement from the Navy and the death of her in-laws, Carol supported her husband as he began to operate and upgrade Lake Grove Park, a seasonal camping facility started by her father-in-law. The campers at Lake Grove Park appreciated Carol’s charm, wit, and insight. Upon learning of her debilitating illness, campers made a bench and placed it in a bucolic and peaceful setting and dedicated it to Carol. Carol was strong, smart, loyal, and kind. With her red lipstick and blond hair, she was glamourous. With each transfer Jim fulfilled a tradition of carrying Carol across the threshold into their new house. She adjusted to all new situations with her first priority to assure her family was comfortable.

Carol embodied a logo printed on each shopping bag at Navy Commissaries in the 1980s. It read “Navy Wife, toughest job in the Navy”. She completed this job and more. She now returns to the Lord.

A viewing will be held on Saturday, January 18 at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 7 Sharpley Rd., Wilmington, DE beginning at 9:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow. Internment will occur in May 2020 at Holy Cross Cemetery, Watkins Glen, NY.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to one of Carol’s favored charities: Archdiocese for the Military Services, PO Box 96168, Washington DE 20077-7168 ( or EWTN, (Eternal Word Television Network), 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL 35210 (

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