Zanny Dillson
{ "" }
Share Zanny's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share

Family-Placed Death Notice

DILLSON, Zanny Zanny Dosier Leach Dillson Zanny Dosier Leach Dillson, 56, a Marietta resident for 23 years, died Friday, September 25, 2009 at Emory University Hospital from complications with leukemia and brain surgery. She was born on February 25, 1953 in Monroe, Michigan, she and Michael Dillson were married on February 17, 1989 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was an active member of Saint Catherine's Episcopal Church in Marietta. She was extremely active as a member of the local theater community as an actress and a costumer. She served on the Sprayberry High School Chorus Board for several years. She also was an organizer of literary conventions in the Atlanta and Chattanooga areas for over 25 years. She is survived by husband of 20 years, Michael, daughter & son-in-law Lori leach-Forster and Denny Forster, Fort Oglethorpe, daughter and son-in-law Lani Brooks-Haymes and Malcolm Haymes, Marietta, son, Andrew Leach, Acworth, daughter Emily Dillson, Marietta, and son Alexander Dillson, Marietta, her grandchildren Tyler McAlister, Niko McAlister, Bailey Brooks and Morgan Haymes, a brother, James Dosier, Marietta, two sisters Kathy Canada and Tara Carter, Richmond, Virginia and numerous nieces and nephews. At her request, no public funeral services will be held and, in lieu of flowers, she requests a donation be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Association in her name. Arrangements by Cremation Society of the SOUTH in Marietta 770-420-5557.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sep. 29, 2009.
No memorial events are currently scheduled. To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
Memories & Condolences
Not sure what to say?
View Printed Guest Book
27 entries
March 7, 2010
Zanny always had a kind word for me, even when she was tired and chaos reigned all about. She taught me two things. One, there are people who make your life better for their being in it.
Two, It's hard to type with tears in your eyes.
John Scarborough
November 2, 2009
Michael - I have a lot of great memories associated with you and Zanny. Sorry it took so long for me to hear the news, I miss you both!
Thom Osburn
October 22, 2009
Right now, I miss you more than ever. You didn't get the chance to get to see me walk across the stage and grab my diploma which is the one dream you had for your youngest children. You were so close, mommy.
"You are too twisted for color t.v."
"I'd rather have 30 seconds of wonderful, than a lifetime of nothing special."
"You know what they say? If you don't have anything nice to say, come sit by me!"
"The only difference between us and the animals is our ability to accesorize!"
"A dirty mind is a terrible thing to waste. "
I thought she would appreciate those.

I love you Mom.
Emily Dillson
October 2, 2009
Michael, Lori, Lani, Andy, Emily and Andy, your family is in our prayers. Needless to say Zanny was a constant in my life growing up, a bridesmaid at our wedding and a friend. As long as I can remember Zanny has been a part of my life and even though we are so far away she is someone I have always know is there. I thank God for the blessing of her being in my life.

Danny, Susan and Foster
Susan Shannon
October 2, 2009
I will miss my ratatouille of the Dillson family.
Denny Forster
September 30, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Robin Rosen Neubart
September 30, 2009
We were very sad to hear of your mother's passing I know there isn't much we can say or do to ease the pain you feel right now, but my heart is with you. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
Mike & Michelle Allen
September 29, 2009
I have no words ,just know you are in my thoughts
Brian Muncy
September 29, 2009
I'm so sorry. From what I knew of her, the name fit very well. ;) She will be remembered in my heart.
Aja Meers
September 29, 2009
I count it a blessing to have known her. What a beautiful woman, both inside and out. I pray the Lord's sweet comfort rests upon all of you, her devoted family, as you continue to cling together in love, and in her memory.
Mary Binaco
September 29, 2009
Zanny was such an amazing woman and a beautiful soul. She will be missed by so many people. I feel so lucky to have her as my aunt, and to gotten to know her again. I will miss her greatly. I hope that you all stay strong and keep forever in your hearts the love that she gave to you.
Carrie Rivas
September 29, 2009
Linda and I wanted to convey our sincere sympathy on the loss of your wife. I don't think we can fully comprehend what a profound loss that is. Hopefully you will find peace and comfort in the days ahead. If we can be of any help, do not hesitate to call.
Linda & Ed Melton
September 29, 2009
We send our sympathy and Love.
Ronnie & Yvette
September 29, 2009
Michael. Lani, Andy and Emily, please accept my condolences on your loss. I enjoyed working with her on stage. She was truly talented and will be missed. Sincerely. Bob Mattox.
Bob Mattox
September 29, 2009
A magnificent spirit; an incredible soul; an all-around awesome lady. The pleasure & joy of having known her is eclipsed only by the sorrow of her loss. Mike, kids, and all the family-may you come through this with the knowledge that she will be waiting for you with a smile on her face & arms open wide.
David Elliott
September 29, 2009

My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Maggie Kelley
September 29, 2009
stay strong, and keep your heads up thru this tough, tough, time in your lives. everything is in gods plan, have faith in him and he will guide you through this moment of darkness. god bless, may she rest in peace. she fought a long hard fight
September 29, 2009
My deepest sympathies to you and your family,Lori.

September 29, 2009
Zanny was one of the first people I got to know when I started doing theatre locally. She was very talented and always encouraging and supportive. It was a lot of fun working with her and she will be missed.
Laura Nagle
September 29, 2009
Zanny was an incredible force in life, and will be so awfully missed by so many of us. All our love to Mike and the entire family.
Mike Reaser & Bryon Elliott
Mike Reaser
September 29, 2009
Much love to all of you. I have so many great memories of Zanny. I will miss her! To make it easier, here's the link to the LLS:
Mandy Pack
September 29, 2009
Bill and I are sorry to reconnect after so many years because of this great sorrow. We will always remember the happy times planning conventions in the Dillson home, Zanny and her amazing laugh, her beautiful flamboyance, and her great heart in constant concern for the happiness of others.
Brenda Sutton
September 29, 2009
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Marlana (Isaiah 9:9)
September 29, 2009
Zanny was one of the most influencial people in my life. She encouraged me to be who I am proudly. Im going to miss her dearly. Im going to miss talking to her and seeing her. She will always be with us, watching over and making sure we are safe. Mama, Im gonna miss you!
Billy Boyd
September 29, 2009
Zanny was not only an amazing actress and costumer she was also a great friend. She welcomed me into her home many times and I always loved getting to come visit she and her family. She had such a fun personality and was great to be around. She will be sincerely missed. May she rest in peace.
Rebecca Mattox
September 29, 2009
Well we now know that people are dressed in colourful clothes and listening to some good music...and the Angels are listening to "The Con Goddess"

You Beertender
Adam Summerville
September 29, 2009
Please accept my condolences for the lost of your love one and remember it is times like these we can find comfort in the bible.
Bobby Ramsey 2-Corinthians 1;3.
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences