Mary Grace Kildron Dillard, 81, died March 24, 2018.
Mary was born in Gattman, Miss. on Jan. 27, 1937 to Joseph Berry Kildron and Mellie Minga Kildron and was the youngest of seven children.
Her daddy was a railroad engineer and she enjoyed bringing him lunch and riding the train with him down to their house. Her family moved to Alabama where Mary graduated Phillips High School. At 20 years old, she met Thomas Richard (Dick) Dees on a blind date, and four months later, on Dec. 16, 1957, they were married in Grand Bay, Ala. They had three children: Richard Bradley Dees (1960), Joseph Clayton Dees (1963) and Marla Elizabeth Dees (1968).
Mary worked as a pediatrician’s assistant, switchboard operator, realtor and various other jobs during her working years as she raised her family. Mary and Dick divorced and later Mary met John Lester Dillard at a social event in Atlanta. They found they had a lot in common and were married in Stone Mountain on Dec. 22, 1975. They lived in Alabama, Florida and Georgia before retiring to Dawsonville.
Mary stayed active in the community, donating her time cooking for the Dawson Christian Academy where her grandchildren attended, and distributing food for the community food bank.
Mary was a spunky individual with a lot of personality. A real people person, she quickly turned strangers into friends and was on a first name basis within minutes of meeting them. She was quick to ask your birthday so she could tell you your horoscope sign and personality traits. She was a great cook, loved doing genealogy research, gardening, shopping (and finding bargains) and spending time with friends and family. She was deeply loved and will be dearly missed by all that knew her.
Her parents Joseph Berry Kildron and Mellie Minga Kildron; her siblings Doris Eleanor Kildron Sullivan, Frederick Joseph Kildron, Bessie Pickle Moore, Syble Pickle Floyd and Harold M. Pickle, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband, John Lester Dillard of Dawsonville; sister, Wanda Nell Kildron Brice of Birmingham, Ala.; her three children, Richard B. Dees of Stone Mountain, Joseph C. Dees of Cumming and Marla E. Dees Meyer of Ball Ground; eight grandchildren: Brian Dees, Cameron Dees, Lauren Dees, Kara Dees, Tyler Dees, Matthew Dees, Dane Meyer and Dalton Meyer; one great-grandchild, Beckett Meyer; and many other extended family members, and countless friends.
A family graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. CT on April 8 at Crenshaw Cemetery in Greenwood Springs, Miss.
Bearden Funeral Home of Dawsonville was in charge of the arrangements.