Published in The Capital on May 25, 2014
Jane Carroll Dillon
Jane Carroll Dillon, 89, a resident of Stevensville, for over
20 years, died peacefully May 22 after fighting cancer for
nearly two decades.
She was born April 18, 1925 in Washington, DC to the
late Bernadine J. and John L. Carroll. She was the third of their seven children. She
graduated from St. Anthony's High School (1943) in Washington, DC where she
was May Queen in 1942. Upon graduation she worked as a secretary at the Priory
School, (now the St. Anselm's Abbey School), the B&O Railroad and the U.S. Senate.
She married Bernard V. Dillon on July 7, 1945 after he returned from serving as an
officer in the U.S. Navy CB's. While raising the family, she worked at home for his
small business, Dillon Co. Waterproofing as secretary and scheduler. They built two
homes themselves, one in Mayo and the other on Kent Island. She was a hands-on
partner in both projects, digging the footing for their Kent Island home by hand. While in
Mayo, she drove an Anne Arundel County school bus for handicapped children. Mrs.
Dillon was a member and volunteer at the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign
Wars, the Moose and the Elks.
While able, she attended Catholic Mass each morning, followed by an hour long swim.
In addition to enjoying swimming, she liked to gamble. Slot machines and football
pools were her favorites.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Vincent; and her
granddaughter, Joanna Marie Bryant.
She is survived by nine children, Timothy P. Dillon (Marie); Thomas V. Dillon (Susan
Fitzgerald); Carroll Marie Dethrow (John); Doris Ann Dillon; Theresa Jane Koper
(George); Barbara Mary Bryant (Edward); Sheila Anne Westrem; Matthew Xavier
Dillon, and Mark A. Dillon. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and eight
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28, at Fellows,
Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 106 Shamrock Road, Chester.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 29, at St.
Christopher's Catholic Church, 1861 Harbor Dr., Chester, with burial to follow at
Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Hospice of Queen Anne's, 255 Comet
Drive, Centreville, MD 21617 or United Communities Volunteer Fire Department, PO
Box 939, Stevensville, MD 21666.
Online condolences may be made at www.fhnfuneralhome.com