Florine Frances Dillard
Florine Frances Dillard
  • May 9, 1922 - September 6, 2017
  • Fort Worth, Texas

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Frances Florine Dillard passed away early Wednesday morning, Sept. 6, 2017 at her home at Rose Terrace in Ft. Worth. She was 95 years old, born May 9, 1922 in Haskell, TX.

Memorial service: 10am Saturday September 23, 2017 at First United Methodist Church, 800 W. 5th Street Ft Worth, Texas 76102. Inurnment to be held at Laurel Land Memorial Park 7100 Crowley Road Fort Worth, Texas 76134.

In lieu of flowers: The family ask that donations be made to the First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth. https://www.shelbygiving.com/f/?k=3J5Y8C4ZFPHMX3TA

"Flo", as everyone knew her, was a gregarious and loving lady who encouraged everyone with her genuine compliments and kind words. She was known for her great cooking and open doors. Many strangers sat at her dinner table who later would become her dearest friends.

She was a devoted member of First Methodist Church (off and on) in Ft. Worth for over 50 years. Through those years she was involved in chaperoning youth trips, attending many women's groups, volunteering in the missions program and hosting numerous church pot luck dinners. She was an avid bridge player and belonged to a devoted group for many years.

As a little girl, Flo knew Dr. Gaston Foote, one of the long time pastors of her church, during his early years as a circuit pastor in west Texas. When she returned to his church, First Methodist, as an adult, she always said she felt like she was home. She loved her church.

Being raised in west Texas and graduating from Hamlin High School, she loved to tell that she authored her school song which is still sung today.

Her husband of 45 years, Joe Dillard, passed onto heaven ten years ago. Flo is survived by her three children: son, Tom Dillard and wife Jeri Dillard, daughters, Peggy Dillard , Nancy Custis and husband, Paul Custis.

She was the proud grandmother of six grandchildren, Chad Houser, Hillary Anne Murphy, Lance Dillard, Adrienne Isaac, Ross Woerner and Ben Woerner. She was also the great grandmother of 13 great grandchildren.

She will be remembered most for her contagious laughter and many games of Scrabble with her kids and grandkids. She is described as the "perfect grandmother" by her own grandchildren. Her listening ear was only a phone call away for everyone.

When she was reminded of her age, she would say, "That's really old. Am I really that old?" And of course, we all laughed. She will be greatly missed for the laughter and love she brought to the world.