Fern Dillard dies
Fern Louise Dillard, a resident of Pasadena, Calif., passed away peacefully on Jan. 13, 2014, at the age of 89.
She was born in the Township of Ridgeland, S.D., on Sept. 8, 1924, and raised in Mobridge. She was the youngest child of Absalon and Jessie Rye. She had four siblings: brothers, Allen Rye and Harold Rye, and sisters, Shirley McMillan and Bunny Truman. She grew up in Mobridge and lived for many years in Torrance, Calif., and Idyllwild, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Douglas Dillard; her son, Timothy Dale Dillard; her parents and siblings.
She is survived by her son, David (Debbie) Dillard; two granddaughters, Allison (Joseph Middleswart) and Christine (Michael Israel); two great-granddaughters, Zoey and Abigail Middleswart; nephew Craig (Joanna) McMillan; and nieces, Linda (Pat) Tunis and Patricia (Rey) Branganza.
Memorial services were held on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Torrance.
Private burial was at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.