July 14, 1942 - May 14, 2022
Martha Ann Dillard, 79, of Cape Girardeau, went home to heaven Saturday May 14, 2022 after a brief battle with meningitis. Marty was born on July 14, 1942 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan to the late Andrew Jackson Eldred and Roliene May Eldred. She married R. Howard Dillard on November 30, 1963 in Columbia, Missouri. Marty was a graduate of Stephen's College and the University of Missouri-Columbia where she earned a Bachelor's degree in elementary education. Marty taught school briefly before dedicating many years to raising her and Howard's children and volunteering in youth organizations including Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and PTA. Marty had a keen eye and great appreciation for art and design. She worked at Houche House Gallery for a number of years and enjoyed helping her friends pick out the perfect piece for their home. She was a long-term member of the Board of the Cape Girardeau Public Library, Friends of the Library and PEO International. In addition to her life long passion for reading, Marty loved travel, beaches, bridge club and family. Marty was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Mary Eldred Ponder; and parents in law, Albert and Lola Dillard. She is survived by her devoted husband, Howard; daughter, Cynthia Dillard Parres; son, Andrew (Teresa) Dillard; grandchildren, Brittany Dillard (Steve) Esswein, Andrew Howard Dillard II and Kenneth Paul Parres II; and many cherished friends who were like family to her. Visitation will be 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Saturday at Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Chapel in Cape Girardeau. A celebration of life service will follow at 2 pm at the funeral home. Private burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Ludington, Michigan. Memorial contributions may be given to the Cape Girardeau Public Library or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Ford & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.fordandsonsfuneralhome.com.
Martha Ann Dillard, 79, of Cape Girardeau, went home to heaven Saturday May 14, 2022 after a brief battle with meningitis. Marty was born on July 14, 1942 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan to the late Andrew Jackson Eldred and Roliene May Eldred.... View Obituary & Service Information
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