RICHMOND, Virginia


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DILLARD, Celestia Taliaferro, 63, of Chesterfield, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, May 28, 2013. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Cabell and Curtis Eames; sisters, Betsy Dillard and Caroline Tucker; granddaughter, Liza Eames; and grandson, Taliaferro Eames. Celestia was raised in Lexington, Va., where both her parents worked at VMI. She spent many days skateboarding down Letcher Avenue and playing with her Pekingese. Celestia had a deep love for animals and VMI. She was very family oriented and loved her friends as if they were family. She was vivacious, kind, gentle and loved to laugh. Her sense of humor was appreciated by all. Celestia was a great mother and best friend to her daughter. She will be deeply missed. Her memorial service of remembrance will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Barnabas Episcopal, 5155 Iron Bridge Rd., N. Chesterfield. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Richmond Animal League, 11401 International Dr., Richmond, Va. 23236.

This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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This is Celestia at about one week old with me, Betsy, her big sister holding her. What a priceless child and person she was. I miss her so very muc

Celestia was my great friend and next door neighbor while faculty kids at VMI.She had an infectious lust for life and mischief, and we had great fun. I will miss her.

I am saddened to learn of the death of my old friend, Celestia. I will always remember the good times we had when we were young in Lexington. My sincere condolences to the family.
Rita Claytor Royce

My goodness. I had no idea this guest book existed till I spoke with my Aunt Betsy last night. The flood of love pours all over me and I feel peace. It has been such a hard few weeks and reading all your kind words helped me so much. I thank you. I also thank you for loving my Mother.It was wonderful knowing you all and having your company.I dearly miss all of you!!! Love to you, Cabell Eames (aka Forepaugh)

I'm so sad to hear of Celestia's passing. I knew her from 7th grade thru high school. I remember how lively she was and so friendly. She lit up the room whenever she entered it. My deepest sympathy to all her family and friends.

Dear Cabell, Caroline and Betsy,
I am stunned and heartbroken beyond belief to learn of Celestia's passing. I have just returned from a trip and was so looking forward to sharing the details with her- she so loved to hear about my travels as I loved sharing stories with her. I will miss our late night phone calls talking about the 'good ole days' of high school, sharing a chuch pew at R.E. Lee, being together when Cabell was born and keeping in touch all through the years. Her handprint...

Celestia - you once told me one of your biggest fears was that you would be forgotten. I will not forget you.
You are in my waking thoughts, my dearest dreams. I will not forget you. You touched my soul, opened my eyes and could change the way I look at things. I will not forget you. I see you in the flowers, hear you in the songs of birds, as they sweep off into the horizon - I will not forget you.
I hear your laughter through the leaves and the wind whispers your name. Your...

This candle was the light you kept in your heart for everyone. Now its light shines in the stars where we can all look to remember your Love.

So very sorry to hear of Celestia's death, and hope it was peaceful. She was a wonderful friend in high school, upbeat and adventurous. She leaves vivid and fond memories, and I send my sympathies to Betsy, Caroline and all who loved her.