Carolease Dillard

OTTAWA Carolease Dillard, 89, of Ottawa, passed away Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at her residence.

Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Gladfelter Funeral Home with Juan Martinez officiating.

Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Carolease was born Aug. 28, 1924, at Salem, Ohio, a daughter of Charleston and Elizabeth (Pelham) Dunlap.

She married Thomas Henry Dillard on March 16, 1943, at Salem, Ohio. He preceded her in death.

Carolease is survived by a son, Charles Andrew (Esther) Dillard of Ottawa; a sister, Mary Elizabeth (Burt) Patterson of Salem, Ohio. She also leaves grandchildren, Candice Jones, Thomas Dillard III, Theron Dillard, Tamera Dillard and Toni Berry; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Henry Dillard II and a daughter, Karen Jackson.

Carolease was a member of the A.M.E. Greater Church in River Rouge, Mich. She dearly loved being a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend of many.

Carolease was one who took pride in her appearance and enjoyed wearing hats. Her spare time often found her working in her garden.

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