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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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Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch on May 31, 2013.