Violet E. Dillon

Violet E. Dillon, 85, of Williamstown, W.Va., passed away peacefully May 24, 2014, in her sleep at her home in Williamstown after a hard fought battle with leukemia.

She was born in Parkersburg, W.Va., on Sept. 30, 1928, the daughter of Kenneth and Willa Blair.

She is survived in death by her devoted husband of 64 years, Ross Dillon Jr. of Williamstown; two sons, Gordon Dillon of Terre Haught, Ind., and David Dillon of Williamstown, W.Va.; four grandchildren, Justin Dillon of Jacksonville, Fla., Michael Dillon of Columbus, Ohio, Adam Dillon of Williamstown, W.Va., and Jessica Dillon of Williamstown, W.Va.; as well as four great-grandchildren, Alexis Dillon, Jordan Dillon, Wyatt Dillon and Brandon Dillon, all of Jacksonville, Fla. She is also survived by her three brothers, Gordon Blair of Vienna, W.Va., Richard Blair of Bradenville, Fla., and Larry Blair of Parkersburg, W.Va.; and one sister, Barbara Sprouse of Parkersburg, W.Va.

All who knew Violet loved her, as she was a hard person not to love. She had a sweet disposition and welcomed all into her house and treated even strangers like members of her extended family and not even strangers were ever allowed to leave her house hungry.

As a young woman she enjoyed hunting and fishing and always loved the outdoors as well as animals of all kinds, which more often than not she treated as people.

Violet was always quick to offer help to any that needed it. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and a good friend to all who knew her. She will be sorely missed until we all meet again on the other side.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home, Marietta. Visitation begins after 2 p.m. Wednesday with the family present from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

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It was Violets wish that instead of sending flowers that a donation be made in her name to your local food pantry.