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Mrs. William T. Dillard

Mrs. William T. Dillard

Mrs. William T. Dillard, age 96, of Little Rock, Arkansas, passed away at her home on February 19, 2013. Born Alexa Latimer on October 30, 1916, in Nashville, Arkansas, her parents were James Ison Latimer and Ruth Alice Skillern Latimer. Alexa Latimer married William Thomas Dillard on June 9, 1940. Alexa Dillard and her husband William Dillard were a life-long team, creating Dillard's, Inc., which is now one of the nation's largest retailers. Alexa Dillard was a devoted wife and loving mother. Larger than life, she was a people magnet whose infectious laughter, kindness and love kept her family centered and left a lasting impression on all who met her. She and her husband were world travelers and loved fishing, football and basketball. Alexa and William Dillard helped establish the UAMS Chair for Geriatric Medicine. She was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

She is survived by three sons and two daughters: William Thomas Dillard II, and his wife Mandy; Dennis Alexander Dillard, and his wife Cannell; Drue Corbusier Matheny and her husband Craig; Denise Dillard Mahaffy, and her husband Edward; James Michael Dillard, and his wife Lynn; 12 grandchildren: Bill Dillard III, Todd Dillard, Amanda Shufeldt, Christopher Corbusier, Alexa Ann Arredondo, Alexandra Lucie, Annemarie Jazic, Michelle Dillard, Kathy Dorr, Betsy Dillard, Caitlin Mahaffy and Will Mahaffy; 13 great-grandchildren: Wren Dillard, Georgia Dillard, Thomas Dillard, Ellis Dillard, Aiden Dillard, Anderson Dillard, Margaret Shufeldt, Alexa Shufeldt, Drew Corbusier, Kenzie Corbusier, Madison Arredondo, William Dorr and Jack Dorr; two nephews and one niece: James Hearn Latimer, Glenn Latimer and Jan Latimer.

Special thanks to her devoted caregivers: Brenda S. Cole, Beatrice Nathaniel, Brandy M. Little, Danielle Shoemaker, Dorothy Jackson, Denise Tenpenny and June Thompson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Thomas Dillard; two brothers and one sister: James Hearn Latimer, Jimmy Latimer and Dorothy Latimer Tindall.

Pallbearers: Bill Dillard III, Todd Dillard, Charlie Shufeldt, Christopher Corbusier, Joel Arredondo, Craig Lucie, Ante Jazic, Mike Dorr and Will Mahaffy.

There will be a visitation Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at Ruebel Funeral Home. A funeral service will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral followed by burial at Roselawn Memorial Park. In lieu of Flowers Donations To The American Heart Associan will be appreciated. Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home.

Condolence Book

"My prayers & thoughts are with the Dillard family. Sincerely, Leslie."
Leslie McBee Argo | Decatur, TX |

"May fond memories of your Mother warm your heart.
What a dear & wonderful Woman !

With Sympathy, Mark & Rheba Killingsworth "

Mark & Rheba Killingsworth | St Petersburg, FL |

"We have another Angel in Heaven to watch over us"
Karen Greene | Irving, Texas, TX |

"I would like to offer my deepest sympathy and condolences to the entire Dillard's family. You are all in my prayers. "
Michael R Garrison | Quitman, Ar |

"I am sorry to hear of the loss Alexa Dillard. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers."
Luke Lippig | Little Rock, AR |

"A great lady, has left us."
Marette Gamble Ottinger | Little Rock , AR |

"My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Sincerely, Ann"
Ann Dillard | Little Rock, AR |

"My deepest sympathy to the Dillard family on the loss of your mother. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Terry and Kim"

Terry and Kim Smith | Bedford, TX |

"Please accept our heartfelt condolences for the
loss of your mother, Mrs. Dillard. It has been said that the strength of the family runs through the mother and the Dillard family is a example of how true it is. The strong Dillard family as a group is a true testament to both of your parents.
We mourn the loss of your mother, may she be with
our Lord and may he look down upon your family to
comfort in this time of need.

God Bless you all.

Tony and Kathy Menzie | North Richland Hills , TX |

"My thoughts and prayers are with you all."
J. Washington | Arlington , TX |

"May you find comfort in the arms of The Lord during this dufficult time. All our thoughts and Prayers are with you.

Bethany Hay | Crowley, TX |

"Our deepest sympathy for the Dillard family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers, Sincerely, Janie and Louis"
Janie Hund | Fort Worth, TX |

"My deepest sympathy to the family and my prayers are with you."
Donna McBride | Ft.Worth, TX |

"Deepest sympathies on the loss of Mrs. Dillard."
Kathy Schulte | Wentzville, MO |

"A wonderful woman has been lost from our lives. Great memories to be treasured always. Deep condolences to all our Dillard friends."
Nicholas Connor | Del Mar, CA |

"May God be with you at this sad time."
Jan Lewis | San Antonio, Texas |

"Condolences to Dru and Family."
Rita Allie 29 years. Store 501 | San Antonio, Texas |

"You are all in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathies to the Dillard family."
Amber Morgan | Fort Worth, TX |

"Our hearts are heavy for the Dillard family. Asking God to hold you all tightly during these days."
Susan Curtis | Bedford, TX |

"Our hearts are heavy for the Dillard family. Asking God to hold you all tightly during these days."
Susan Curtis | Bedford, TX |

"Such great accomplishments and such a wonderful family to be proud of. A life well lived. Wishing you love and support to get through. "
Tony & Susan Arnold | fort worth, TX |

"There are no words to describe how sorry I am for your loss. May the sorrow you feel in your heart be lightened by your memories. My deepest sympathy to the Dillard Family."
Brandi scoggins | Roanoke , TX |

"My sincerest sympathies to the Dillard's Family. May you find comfort and peace in knowing your Mother is now reunited with your Father and in the arms of God. Now an Angel to watch over all her Beautiful Children, Grand children and Great grand children. Much respect and prayers for your family. "
Betty James | Fort Worth, Tx |

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dillard Family at this time. May the wonderful memories of your mother remain in your hearts. She and Mr Dillard have left a wonderful legacy to the Dillard children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They are now together again. God blee the family."
Debby Anthony | Fort Worth, TX |

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Dillard family"
Marty Martin | Maumelle, AR |

"I will forever be grateful for the time you allowed me to have with your mother. She quickly became my friend instead of patient. I loved her so much. Thank you"
Danielle Shormake | Benton, AR |

"Your mother has left behind her a fine heritage in sons and daughters, and in loyal friends and admirers. You will miss your mother but you will never be entirely with out her, for her spirit is incorporated in every one of you. "
Alvin & Shirley McVea | North Richland Hills, TX |

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dillard family. "
Sid and Janet Sanders | Conway, AR |

"May the fond memories of your mom keep you in the days to come."
Tony and Yolanda Walker | Fort Worth , TX |

"My sincere condolences to the Dillard family. "
Kent Tracy Parker | Mesa , AZ |

"So sorry we can't be there. She was a great lady. We both benefitted fron knowing her. We have fond memories of her working in the store and Furniture market. Our thoughts and prayers our with the family."
Richard & Fran Moore | Trophy Club, TX |

""Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dillard family. Please accept our Deepest condolences.
From all of us at Jkara."

sandy | new york, NY |

"All of the Dillard family is in our hearts and prayers at this time of loss. Your mother and grandmother was such a special person. You always made everybody she came in contact with feel more special than they were. Now both Heaven and Earth have been blessed by her appearance. "
Bill & Rita Holmes | Little Rock, AR |

"My sincerest sympathies to the Dillard's Family. I never had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Dillard, but she was clearly an amazing lady, with an incredible family, and truly has left the world a better place.

Richard Newcomb | Los Angeles, CA |

"our deepest sympathy and condolences to the DILLARD'S family...thoughts and prayers are with you and your families .....Danny and Bea Peek...."
bea peek | decatur, TX |

""My sincere condolences for the loss of your mother. May the sorrow that you are feeling in your heart be lightened by the love of the Lord.""
Linda Coyle | Arlington, TX |

"Please accept our sincere condolences. Mrs. Dillard was always so
kind and gracious. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers."

Gary and Louise Platt | Clearwater, FL |

"My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Dillard family during this time. May God give you comfort in the days to come.....
Jimmy and Misty Pethtel

James Pethtel | FT. Worth, TX |

"I first met Mrs. Dillard in 1975 and will always
cherish the wonderful memories I have of her"

Gene Baker | Oldsmar, FL |

"My thoughts and prayers are with the Dillard family during this most difficult time. With deepest sympathy."
Lisa Roby | Scottsdale, AZ |

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time."
Chuck and Elaine May | Lake Bluff, IL |

""The true measure of a person is how they treat someone, who, can do them absolutely no good." Mrs. D you were a lovely lady always."
Sherri Guenther | Little Rock, AR |

"Dru, so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I know she will be missed dearly, but she is once again reunited eternally with your dad. Cherish her in your memories forever."
john hejl | fort worth, TX |

"My thoughts and prayers are with the Dillard family. I pray that God will give you strength and courage during this difficult time. As you look back, cherish the family memories and hold them close to your heart."
Lisa Trudell | Mansfield , TX |

"Mrs. Dillard's love, warmth, and friendship endured for nearly a half century across two continents. We will always cherish her memory.

Chip and Jacque Connor"

Chip and Jacque Connor | Hong Kong |

"Our deepest sympathies and hopes that you will find peace in a life well lived."
Kevin, Cassie and Caitlin Matheny | Coppell, TX |

"Peace, love and blessings to each of you as you remember and honor the wonderful Mother, Grandmother and Great-grandmother that will now watch over you. You have an amazing Angel that will continue to guide you through your hearts. She leaves her legacy and I am grateful to have known the Dillard family. You will remain in our prayers. Gail, Kip & Shelby Holloway"
Gail Holloway | Lindsay, , TX |

"May God hold each and every one of you in the palms of His hands. I am so sorry for you loss. Lou Ann"
Lou Ann Floyd | Ovilla, Tx. |

"Mr. and Mrs. Dillard were fine people, leaving a legacy of a committed family and business that has provided opportunities for many people. I have great memories of both, admired them, and appreciated being able to work for them many years ago. With deep sympathy. "
Virginia Rinehart | Texarkana, TX |

"Bill and Tab,
We are so sorry for your loss. What a blessing to know she is with her husband again.

Love you all, Lynn and Boyd

Boyd and Lynn Corley | little rock, AR |

"Mrs.Dillard would always tell me she was lucky to have found me but i was the lucky one to have met her.I feel truley blessed to have had her in my life she was a beautiful woman in everyway.We really had a lot of fun together and a lot of laughs.She will truley be missed by many.I loved her very much and I thank you for the Opportunity to have been invited into your lives."
Brandy Little | mabevale, AR |

"Our sympathies are with the family for the grief of this loss to the Dillard's family. A great legacy has been left for many."
Mark Etherington | Little Rock, AR |

"My deepest condolences go out to the Dillard family. My thoughts and prayers with you. "
Natalie Weatherly | Little Rock, AR |

"So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with the Dillard family."
Edward Shook | Little Rock, AR |

"Drue and Craig - our thoughts are with the Dillard family. She was rightfully adored by many and lived a wonderful life, and it is evident she will be missed by so many.

The Mother
There will be a singing in your heart,
There will be a rapture in your eyes;
You will be a woman set apart,
You will be so wonderful and wise.
You will sleep, and when from dreams you start,
As of one that wakes in Paradise,
There will be a singing in your heart,
There will be a rapture in your eyes.

There will be a moaning in your heart,
There will be an anguish in your eyes;
You will see your dearest ones depart,
You will hear their quivering good-byes.
Yours will be the heart-ache and the smart,
Tears that scald and lonely sacrifice;
There will be a moaning in your heart,
There will be an anguish in your eyes.

There will come a glory in your eyes,
There will come a peace within your heart;
Sitting 'neath the quiet evening skies,
Time will dry the tear and dull the smart.
You will know that you have played your part;
Yours shall be the love that never dies:
You, with Heaven's peace within your heart,
You, with God's own glory in your eyes.

- Robert Service "

Ally Johnson | Edmond, OK |

"In sorrow, we mourn those lost. In gratitude, we embrace those around us. In sympathy, we reach out to those who grieve.Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one."
Eda & Lena Wurden | Omaha, NE |

"My sincerest sympathies to the Dillard's family. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

The Thomason Family "

Heather Thomason | Little Rock , AR | Heather,

"May God Bless and give your family strength in your hour of need. "
Sandra Ridling | Alexander, AR |

"My thoughts and prayers are with the Dillard family. May God bless you all.

Laynie C. Williams"

Laynie C. Williams | Bentonville , AR |

"Mrs. Dillard was a very gracious and kind lady and when she would come to Fort Smith, Arkansas.She was fond of my aunt Maxine Powers who was employed by the Edward Warmack Family.Maxine would made her homemade rolls for her. Our Thoughts are with the Family of Mrs. Dillard."
Todd Perry | Fort Smith, AR |

"My mother and I send our sympathy"
Polly Armstrong and David Armstrong | Hot Springs Village, AR |

"Our deepest condolences."
Robert White and family | Concord, NC |

"deepest sympathies to the dillard family.

so sorry for your loss
she will watch over from above
all angels do:)"

howard schlossberg / michele tepper | new york, NY |

"A truly grand lady with an incredible legacy through her lineage!"
Leslie | Little Rock, AR |

"May your mothers life be honored by all she loved. May her memory be cherished for all she gave. May your heart be comforted by all you shared.

My deepest sympathies to the Dillard family on your loss.

Linda Sholtis-Tucker"

Linda Sholtis | Mandeville,, LA |

"Everyone who knew your mother loved and admired her.
Our thoughts and our prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow.
Ken and Betty Moore"

Ken and Betty Moore | Keller, TX |

"Sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with the Dillard's family during this difficult time."
Jeremy Smith | N. Little Rock, AR |

"My Deepest Sympathy and Condolences to the entire Dillard's family. What an outstanding lady she was. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. May your wonderful memories be cherished forever. Sincerely, Rose Ann Salinas, Corpus Christi, Texas Dillard's Department Store."
Rose Ann Salinas | Corpus Christi, TX |

"My dad (who passed away recently)said of Mrs. Dillard, that she was not only a fabulous mom and all the other good things that were said but 100% capable of stepping in as CEO without Dillard's losing one step."
Scott Bruner | Texarkana, TX |

"Patty and I wish to express our condolences to your family in the passing of your mother and grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of your sorrow.
Tom and Patty Patterson"

Tom and Patty Patterson | The Colony, , TX |

"Our prayers and deepest sympathy to the entire Dillard family. May her life be celebrated and always remembered.

Best Regards,
Kristin Hodges"

Michael and Kristin Hodges | Flower Mound, TX |

"Deepest sympathies to the Dillard family. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. "
Tony & Tina Bolte | Little Rock, AR |

"To the Dillards Family,

I am so sorry for your loss! I'm sincerest condolences go out to your family..

Tami Sklar
Betsy and Adam
Blondie nites
Xscape evening"

tami sklar | new york, NY |

"I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Dillard's passing. I was a Pilot for the Corp. for many years. Mrs. Dillard was one of my favorite people. I will miss her."
Ray Settlemoir | North Little Rock, AR |

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