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Ruth Ann (Tribby) Dillard, age 75, of Big Rapids, Michigan, formerly of Fredericksburg, VA, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 14, 2022. She was born July 27, 1947, in Manassas, VA, to the late Robert Tribby and Alice Pearce. She married Purview James Dillard, together they celebrated 46 years of marriage.

Survivors include her son, Purview James Dillard Jr (Darell) of Big Rapids, MI; daughter, Cassandra Grace Dillard of Fredericksburg, VA; grandchildren, Victor Dillard (Ashley), Kaleb Dillard, and Dale Dillard; sister, Bonny Woodward; two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, James; her parents, Robert Tribby and Alice Pearce; and brother, Robert Tribby.

Per Ruth’s wishes, a private ceremony will be held with family and friends at a later date to be determined.

Ruth’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Altercare of Big Rapids and Spectrum Health Hospice for their care and compassion throughout this difficult time.

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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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4 Condolences

  1. Barbara Semper (Victor's In-Law) on December 19, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    Ruth Ann (Nanny) had the sweetest soul and was always joyful. I will always remember her laugh, it was like sunshine.

    She will be missed.

  2. Latoya A. Finnie (Woodley) on December 19, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    When I first moved to Fredericksburg the Dillard’s home was open to me as I knew no one. Mrs. Dillard was always kind and hard working. I never seen grandkids adore their grandmother as hers. My condolences to the family.

  3. Linda Woodhouse Tilleru on December 20, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    My condolences to all the family so sorry for your lost.Especially doing the holidays. She will be deeply missed. My prayers go out to all you.

  4. Susan Smirco on December 22, 2022 at 8:48 am

    The Dillard family is in my thoughts and prayers. Ruth was always so kind to me. She will be missed by all.

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