Laila A. Allen, 73


NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. – On Aug. 26, Laila A. Allen, of North Smithfield, died in the presence of her family at Rhode Island Hospital after a long bout with cancer. Laila was the beloved daughter of the late Abraham and Alice Ovadia of San Francisco, California, and sister of Fred and Solomon. Born on June 5, 1945 in Cairo, Egypt, she fled from Egypt with her family to avoid continued religious persecution. She settled in San Francisco in 1962, and, in 1964, she moved to Providence after marrying her beloved husband, Victor.


She was a very caring, warm and thoughtful person, always focusing on family and putting their needs ahead of her own.

In addition to raising her sons, she was employed by The Miriam Hospital and helped to support her husband while the owner of Slatersville Medical Center Pharmacy in North Smithfield. Laila was an active member of Temple B’nai Israel in Woonsocket and was a member of Temple Emanu-El in Providence. 

She leaves behind her husband of 54 years, Victor; her three sons and their families: Robert and Nechama and their children Mazal, Avigayil, Miriam, Aliza and Natanel of Rehovot, Israel; Daniel and Racheline and their children Maya, Jacoby and Zachary of Ashland, Massachusetts; and Joseph of Rockville, Maryland.

Contributions in her memory can be made to: Art in Giving, Rachel Molly Markoff Foundation, or any charity of your choice.