Dorothy 'Dottie' Dillow, 86, was cheerful, philanthropic

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 | 9:42 p.m. CDT; updated 9:59 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Dorothy “Dottie” (Jones) Dillow, 86, formerly of Columbia, died Friday, June 8, 2012.

She was born Dec. 13, 1925, in Austin, Texas, to Alfanso and Columbia Jones.

After graduating from Austin High School in 1941, Mrs. Dillow attended the College of Charleston and then the University of Texas. In June 1947, she married Rex Dillow, a Marine Corps captain, who was also attending the University of Texas. They had one son, Matthew Dillow, and one daughter, Mary Elizabeth (Dillow) Manks.

Rex Dillow's Marine Corps career necessitated frequent family moves and his absence on Marine Corps deployments for periods of a year or more. A very cheerful person, Mrs. Dillow maintained a happy family life during her husband’s absences. She was a prominent participant in social and philanthropic organizations, receiving citations from the American Red Cross and Navy Relief Society. While living in Columbia after her husband’s retirement from the Marine Corps in 1970, she was active in Fortnightly, a club of university wives, and in King’s Daughters. Mrs. Dillow and her husband moved to Arkansas in January 2012.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Dillow is survived by her son, her daughter and two grandchildren, Erin Elizabeth Manka and Christopher Manka.

Mrs. Dillow's parents and her two sisters, Margarita Coats and Alberta Barbour, died earlier.

Services will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Columbia. Mrs. Dillow's burial will take place at 11 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes. The burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimers Association, Mid-Missouri Chapter, 2400 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia, MO 65201 or University of Missouri – Tiger Gardens CAFNR Advancement Office, 2-4 Agriculture Building, Columbia, MO 65211.

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