Blanche Turner Allen, 65, a minister and counselor who retired in the mid-1980s as a coordinator and instructor at Howard University's Urban Institute of Religious Studies, died Nov. 30 at Holy Cross Hospital of complications related to cancer.
Mrs. Allen had done freelance preaching and instruction in ministry throughout the Washington area, with a special emphasis on women.
She had done television morning meditations called "Faith and Life" on WRC-TV in Washington.
Her career also included teaching, consulting and ministerial positions at Eastern Avenue Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Hyattsville, Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, the Baptist Ministers Conference in Baltimore and Calvary Baptist Church in Washington. At Howard University's School of Divinity, she had been an instructor of philosophy and religion and a research assistant, specializing in biographies of African American ministers and African American folklore.
For a period, she specialized in supervision, training and procedure development for the Department of the Army, in Washington and in Indianapolis.
Except for her years in Indianapolis, Mrs. Allen was a lifelong resident of Washington. She graduated from Dunbar High School and in 1968 was a cum laude graduate of Howard University, where she also received a master's degree in religion magna cum laude.
She had received Vernon John's Prophetic Preaching Award and was a member of Eta Sigma Phi Classical Honor Society. She had been affiliated with Contee AME Zion Church, Metropolitan AME Church, Mentrotone Baptist Church and Greater St. Paul Baptist Church in Washington.
Survivors include her husband, Eugene Jefferson Allen of Washington; three children, Eugene A. Allen of Rochester, N.Y., Sheri L. Bailey of New Carrollton and Shaune S. Allen of Hyattsville; her mother, Ella Goldsby Turner of Washington; two siblings, Dr. Jacqueline T. Banks of Silver Spring and Maynard W. Turner Jr. of Washington; and five grandchildren.