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Carol Allen

August 14, 1936 - January 6, 2023

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Carol Sherman Allen, 86, passed away unexpectedly at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, CA on January 6, 2023. Born to Meyer and Miriam Tennenbaum Sherman, Carol grew up in Savannah, GA, leaving to attend the University of Miami where she met the love of her life, Ronald Allen. They were married in 1956, and relocated to Fresno, then Los Angeles, where Carol worked as an office manager for her husband’s firms Allen-McCowan Private Investigations and Ronn Allen & Associates Attorney Service. After Ronn obtained his law degree, she continued to work as office manager at his law firm.

In the 1970s, Carol also returned to school, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Antioch University. In retirement, she volunteered at Brockton Elementary School and devoted herself to her work as a Case-Appointed Special Advocate for the Family Court of Los Angeles County. In her later years, Carol, a lifelong lover of books, read voraciously, tackled complex word games, and met regularly with a close group of friends for social activities.

Carol was predeceased by her husband in 1993 and her son Charles in 1990. Survivors include son Glenn Allen (Ellie) of Denver, CO, daughter Jamie Leigh Allen Black (Robert Black) of New York City and grandchildren Kyla Black (Sarah Willis), Stefanie Schneider (Jessie Kaminsky), Arielle Black, Nicholas Schneider (Elizabeth), Ron Allen and Corey Black (Kathy Garcia) and five great-grandchildren: Judah Bass, Zachary Black, Zoe Willis-Black, and Colbie and Steven Schneider. Carol is also survived by a brother, Robin Sherman (Erika Archibald) and sister Phillipa “Bunny” Cohen (James Montag) and several nieces and nephews.

Carol held a special place in her heart for her youngest grandchild, Corey, with whom she shared the last eight years of her life. She will also be dearly missed by Corey and Kathy’s Corgi Waffles and hybrid pup Marley.

A celebration of Carol’s life will be held on Tuesday, January 10, at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary. Please contact Hillside at 800-574-1994 for details. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Elluminate at