Deanna Jean Allik, the Co-owner of DNS Crabs of Parkville, died suddenly on Friday, December 18, 2020, days after celebrating her 35th birthday. As the Baltimore Sun reported, she was tragically killed midday in a freak motor accident, when a car accidently crashed into the storefront of her place of business.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Belair, Deanna attended C. Milton Wright High School. She was a graduate of Towson University, with a degree in Business Management.
Deanna was known to many as an energetic bartender on Federal Hill, where she owned a home, and in many establishments on the Eastern shore. Her dimpled impish smile and sincere listening skills resulted in her friendship with literally thousands of people, from all walks of life.
In her bartender role, she was described as “vibrant and strong, with a heart of gold.” A former teacher shared this memory, “Deanna, you will FOREVER be one of my favorites. Your smile always lit up my room.” A third friend said, “Deanna was tiny but her personality was big. “ This, from one of her renters, ”Whether you were consoling me through a breakup or thinking of me for a job, your love and selflessness shine through.” Another friend on Facebook said, “We’ll miss your beautiful smile, your amazing hugs, your wise cracks, and your feisty personality!” Finally, “Heaven truly gained an angel when God called you home.”
While Deanna was an avid fan of both the Ravens and the Orioles, her own athletic nature took her well beyond her high school sideline cheerleading days. She played team soccer and softball. She participated in Tough Mudder events, and took the Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics on more than one midwinter occasion.
Deanna prided herself in having been a former defensive end with the groundbreaking all-women’s Baltimore Charm Football Team. Other daring deeds took her on a solo trip to Thailand, primarily to experience the thrill of more challenging rock climbing there.
Deanna possessed an equally energetic work ethic that applied to any endeavor she undertook. Gifted in math and money management, she became the hard working co-owner of her own crab enterprise, in the city she dearly loved.
Deanna is survived by her mother, Pam DiPeppe Allik, her father Don Allik, her older sister, Lauren Allik Schueler, her brother Ryan Allik, her uncle Danny DiPeppe and his wife Carol, her aunt Linda Allik Lachman and her husband Lee, her best friend Breona Barber and a host of other loving friends and relatives.
Deanna’s funeral arrangements were private, due to the pandemic and other considerations. Fans and friends are urged to channel their many heart felt wishes to the registered charity, Anchor Athletics at http://anchorathletics.org/. Their mission is to make the athletic opportunities Deanna so loved accessible to more young people. A Celebration of Life for Deanna will be announced at a later time, when Covid-19 permits.
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