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Memorial service for crash victims at least a week away

"Plans to hold a memorial service for the two Port Orchard women killed this week in the crash of EgyptAir Flight 990 probably won’t be announced for at least another week.Dorothy Allen, 52, and daughter Jean Allen, 28, were among the 217 victims when the Boeing 767-300ER on which they were traveling to Egypt crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Nantucket, Mass., early last Sunday morning, killing all aboard.Port Orchard resident Steven Allen--Dorothy’s son and Jean’s brother--left for Nantucket on Tuesday to be close by while divers attempt to salvage the wreckage and recover the bodies of the victims. His vigil could last up to two weeks, authorities have said. As of Friday, Dorothy and Jean Allen’s remains were not known to have been identified.Dorothy Allen, a pharmacist at the Albertson’s store on Mile Hill Drive in Port Orchard, and her daughter, a travel agent at Adventure Travel on Bethel Road, were en route to Egypt for a vacation when the unexplained accident occurred. Crews from Boeing and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash and expect to have a better idea of what brought the airliner down by this weekend, when divers are expected to recover the flight recording devices from the wreckage.A definitive report on the accident, however, could be months or even years away.“It’s been a busy week around here,” said Rhonda Jones of Adventure Travel, where Jean Allen just started working six months ago. “We’ve had a lot of calls from the media, and a lot of Jean’s clients have stopped by to tell us how bad they feel. It’s been a very sad time for us.”Jean and Dorothy Allen shared a home in Port Orchard but had never traveled together until their ill-fated trip to Egypt. Dorothy Allen, whose husband died seven years ago, had traveled to South America, Switzerland and Australia in recent years. Her daughter earned a degree in anthropology from Central Washington University and was eagerly anticipating her trip to Egypt as an opportunity to study the country’s relics.Steven Allen is expected to participate in a memorial service in Providence, R.I., next week for the victims of the crash. Details of a service for the Allens planned for Port Orchard will be announced later."

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