Betty Gerstmyer Allen, age 85 of Cokesbury Village Hockessin, DE; formerly of Surrey Park, Wilmington, DE died on Monday April 3, 2017 at Christiana Hospital after a short illness.

Betty was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She graduated from Eastern High School, Baltimore, MD. She attended Hood College and earned a Bachelor Degree in Education with a concentration in Biology & Science & Health with a minor in English. After graduation, she taught Science at Roland Park Junior High School in Baltimore, MD. She married David B. Allen and moved to Wilmington, DE. She became a science teacher at Warner Jr. H. S. She retired from teaching when she became a mother and homemaker.
Betty was a volunteer at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington and at Hagley until 2014. She also enjoyed going to classes at the U of D Center for Lifelong Learning. She was a member of AAUW, Wilmington Garden Club and Questers.

Betty enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, gardening, cooking, swimming, traveling the world and playing tennis until she was 80.

Betty was pre-deceased by her parents William A. Gerstmyer and Viola N. Gerstmyer, her husband of 50 years, David B. Allen, her daughter Mary C. Allen & her great-grandson Eric W. Allen. She is survived by her son Robert F. Allen (Paula), her daughter Susan A. Schieffer (Ed), son-in-law John A. Engel; 4 grandchildren, Brian T. Allen, Cynthia L. Blackburn (Todd), Daniel A. Schieffer (Nicha), Gregory A. Schieffer (Dana); 2 great-grand children, Emily L. Blackburn and Landon R. Blackburn.

Friends may call Friday April 7, 9-10:30 AM at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1314 Foulk Rd., Wilmington, DE. A service celebrating Betty’s life will be held afterwards at 10:30 AM at St. Paul’s. Burial will be on Friday afternoon at the Loudon Park Cemetery in Baltimore, MD.

The family suggests that donations in Betty’s memory be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1314 Foulk Road, Wilmington, DE 19803.