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Nellie Mae (Wright) Dillow

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Mrs. Nellie Mae (Wright) Dillow, 82, of Herrin, formerly of Anna, died on Thursday, December 8, 2016, in Memorial Hospital, Shiloh.

She was born on May 2, 1934 in Makanda the daughter of Audie and Vesta (Miller) Wright. Nellie Mae was united in marriage to George Edward Dillow on November 29, 1953, in Anna. He preceded her in death on August 25, 2007.

Nellie was a loving and devoted wife and mother, full of life and enjoyed homemaking and cooking. She loved entertaining friends and making homemade ice cream on the cistern rock. Christmas was her favorite time of the year, enjoying the excitement of Jesus’ birth and the festivities surrounding it.

Nellie was a Medical Secretary/Administrative Assistant her entire life, working at the State Hospital and Dr. Rader’s office. After moving to Herrin in 1974, she worked at Bethesda Cancer Center and the Carbondale Clinic. George took a US Postal Service position in Dupo for a few years and Nellie worked at St. Louis University Hospital and Group Health Plan. They returned to Herrin in 1989, when George retired from the Postal Service.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Georgena (Robin) Ottolini of Okawville; two sisters, Ethelene Lyerla of Anna and Ramona Hays of Herrin; one brother and sister-in-law, Gene (Mary Lou) Wright of Anna; three sisters-in-law, Deloris Landreth of Jonesboro, Norma Jean Conant of Anna, and Gerry Dillow of Ava; as well as many nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Nellie Mae was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George Dillow; infant sister, Carol Lee Wright; brothers-in-law, Harold and Leon Dillow, Collin Lyerla, Hank Hays, Floyd Landreth, Virgil Wiggs, and Ellis Dillow; sisters-in-law, Irene Dillow, and Genevieve Wiggs.

Funeral services for Mrs. Nellie Mae Dillow were held on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with R.W. McAlister officiating. Interment was at the Ebenezer Hall Cemetery in Lick Creek.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice with the spirit of Christmas for those less fortunate. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

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