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Carol Cecelia Dillon

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Carol Cecelia Dillon Obituary
January 30, 1918 - November 5, 2017 On November 5, 2017 Carol Cecelia Dillon (nee Lychak) passed away quietly at home after a short illness. Carol was born January 30, 1918 in Minneapolis, MN. After the untimely death of her father, her family moved to California in 1924. Carol grew up in Long Beach, graduating from Long Beach Polytechnic High School in 1936. In 1941 she married her husband of 46 years, Stephen P Dillon, USAF Ret. She and Steve had 11 children. Carol was a multifaceted woman; a tough competitor athletically in both baseball and tennis; an accomplished pianist, leading the choir at Our Lady of Malibu Catholic Church and playing the organ there for 40 years; a self-taught linguist of Spanish learning it while stationed in El Paso, Texas with her husband; and an advocate for immigrants in both Texas and California. Carol gave of her energies, talents and strong faith to her community as West Coast Chairman of the United Way, and to her church as a catechist, Parish Secretary, President of the Legion of Mary and organizer of the now famous OLM Yard Sales for over 45 years. Inspired by her love of children, she was coordinator of the Southern California Right to Life Organization. Carol retained a lifelong curiosity for and interest in history, science, and the people around her. She tirelessly supported her children in their diverse aspirations. She is survived by 10 of her 11 children- Stephanie, Michael, Mary Jo, James, Mark, Margaret, Terry, Kathy, Carol Sue and Erin, 26 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. We will miss her greatly! Donations to Our Lady of Malibu Catholic Church, 3625 Winter Canyon Rd., Malibu, CA 90265 can be made in lieu of flowers.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 18 to Nov. 19, 2017
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