Nancy L. Allmond, 79, valued employee of old Bell Telephone Co.

Posted: April 03, 2014

ONE OF THE unexpected hazards of working for the old Bell Telephone Co. was a deformed finger.

Nancy Allmond was proud of her manicured nails, but back in the day, you had to dial the rotary phones to make a call. As a result, her right index finger was permanently damaged by all the dialing she had to do and would not hold a nail.

But Nancy was not the kind of person to complain or lament her role in the region's communications industry. She was always proud of her accomplishments.

Nancy L. Allmond, who started in Bell's North Philadelphia office in 1959, and worked her way up to the ranks of management at the Parkway office before her retirement in 1990, died March 24, of a heart attack. She was 79 and lived in Blackwood, N.J.

As a Bell operator, Nancy was often called on to work swing shifts since phone service is a 24-hour operation. If she had to work late, the company would send her home in a taxi - a testament to how much she was valued.

Among Nancy's many accomplishments were her expertise at pinochle, good enough to be competitive in tournaments, and her skill as a baker.

Her church, Second Baptist in Paulsboro, N.J., designated her the official church baker. Her Jewish apple cakes and sweet potato pies were the stuff of legend.

"Her family doctor enjoyed them so much that she would take him a treat when she went for a checkup," said her daughter, Sharon Griffin.

Nancy was born in Paulsboro to Ella and Mack Lawrence Jr. She graduated with honors from Paulsboro High School. Before joining Bell Telephone she worked for a time as a dental assistant.

In 1949, she married the late Donald Nelson. She later moved to Philadelphia and married John Allmond Jr., an appraiser for the Federal Housing Administration's Philadelphia office, in 1970.

Nancy's spiritual journey began in childhood when she became a member of the Second Baptist Church in Paulsboro. In addition to tempting the parishioners with her delicious baked goods, she was active with the Missionaries and Deaconesses Boards, was a financial aid secretary and pastor's aide.

Nancy tried retiring after her work at Bell, but found she had more to give to the world and went to work for an agency that cared for the elderly and homebound.

"It gave her tremendous satisfaction," said her daughter. "She was a very outgoing people person. She would do anything for anybody, no matter who it was.

"She was the type of person who meant what she said. She was not a phony."

Nancy loved pinochle and played regularly with friends. She made it to tournaments with her skill at the card game.

Besides her husband and daughter, she is survived by two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services: Were Saturday. Burial was in Gates of Heaven Cemetery in Mount Royal, N.J.

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