Mary Katherine Dillard Caldwell – Obituary

by Lynn McMillen
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Mary Katherine Dillard Caldwell, 91, passed away on September 5,

She was preceded in death by her husband Boyd, parents James
and Hattie Dillard, and siblings Joe Dillard and Louise Miller. She
is survived by her daughter Benita Kay Caldwell Gateley (Royce)
and her son Billy Boyd Caldwell (JoAnne); grandchildren Amanda
Lane (Justin), Rhonda Gateley, Jeff Gateley (Danielle), Wade
Caldwell (Heather), Joy White (Jason), Rebekah Caldwell, and Laura
Caldwell; and great-grandchildren Joshua, Aaron, and Jacob Lane,
Drake and Kennedy Caldwell, and Addison and Mason White. She
is survived by sisters Margie Dillard Vales (Jerry) and Lillie Robertine
Dillard Cavazos and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was born in Hardeman County and graduated from Bolivar
Central High School. She spent most of her adult life in Memphis
and attended Charjean Baptist, Lamar Heights Baptist, and Union
Avenue Baptist. She was a ward clerk in the Pediatric Acute
Observation Unit at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital and was
employee of the year in 1976. Mary Katherine shared her love for
Jesus freely with everyone she met. Her faith in God was a shining
example for everyone to see. She was a member of Beech Grove
Baptist Church in Louisville, Tennessee.

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