Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


May 1, 2010

Sue Dillard

Corsicana —

Eva “Sue” Black Cavin Dillard, 71, passed away on April 7, 2010, at home surrounded by her family in Corsicana. Sue was born in Gary, Ind., on June 16, 1938. Sue graduated from the University of Mississippi (“Ole Miss”) with a B.B.A. degree in finance and marketing. Sue earned her master’s in social work from Tulane University in New Orleans. She was also a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority. To all who were privileged to know her, Sue embodied the power that humanism, integrity, and accountability have in transforming lives.

Sue had a brilliant career, retiring as the director of Standards and Quality Assurance of the Texas Department of MHMR in 2000. As the first director of standards and quality assurance for state programs for people with mental illness and mental disabilities in Texas, Sue mentored and inspired a generation of health and human services professionals, many of whom went on to become the foremost leaders in their fields today. Her professionalism and dedication as a social worker and businesswoman were grounded in her deep understanding of, and fascination with, the human condition. She touched not only the individuals served by the State of Texas by improving the quality of their lives but also the staff who were privileged and honored to work for her. Sue served on the Governor’s Task Force for Children in 1974 and on the Governor’s Task Force for Personal Care Homes in 1986. She received an Outstanding Women in Texas Government award for leadership from the Governor’s Commission for Women.

Sue is survived by her loving husband, John Henry Dillard; sons, Dennis of Denton, Scott of Los Angeles, Calif., and Marc and his wife Paige of Oklahoma City, Okla.; granddaughter, Ava; grandsons. Ben and Chase Raymond; brother-in-law, Charles Dillard, his wife Peggy, and daughter Amanda of Corsicana; goddaughter, Claire Von Gahlen of Columbia, Miss.; and her dog and companion, Sudie. Sue was preceded in death by her parents, Bruce and Eva Black, brother Sonny, and her dear Aunt Ava Leary. Sincere and heartfelt gratitude is extended from Sue’s family to her caregivers Linda, Joyce, Betty, and Ruby, and to her hospice providers.

The world is a better place and each of us is a better person for having had Sue in our lives. She will be missed but not forgotten and will live in our hearts always. A memorial service will be held to celebrate her life at the Austin State Hospital Chapel of All Faith, 4110 Guadalupe, Austin, at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 15.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the local American Red Cross or a charity of your choice.

An online guest book is available at by selecting the Eva “Sue” Black Cavin Dillard obituary.

Arrangements by J.E. Keever Mortuary, Ennis. ∞


Text Only
  • J.C. Coker Death Notices for 4-18-14

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jean Magness Jean Magness

    Jean Magness, 97, of Corsicana went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the Unlimited Care Home of Plano.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Willard 'Bill' Mayo Willard 'Bill' Mayo

    Willard “Bill” Mayo passed away Monday, April 14, 2014 in Dallas.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Terry Eppler Terry Eppler

    Terry Eppler, 68, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Medical Center of Plano.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Joyce Lloyd Joyce Lloyd

    Joyce Lloyd, 45, of Ennis passed away Monday, April 14, 2014.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Marion Junior Clark

    Marion Junior Clark, 76 of Kerens, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in the Heritage Oaks West Retirement Village.

    April 16, 2014

  • Billie Jean Tunnell Billie Jean Tunnell

    Billie Jean “Jeanie” Tunnell, 81, of Oklahoma City, Okla. passed away Monday, April 14, 2014 surrounded by her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Otis Lee Long Otis Lee Long

    Otis Lee Long, 76, passed away peacefully at 4:23 p.m. Monday, April 14, 2014.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Audrey Faye Thompson Tolleson Audrey Faye Thompson Tolleson

    Faye Tolleson, 85, of Corsicana, peacefully went to be with the Lord during her sleep early Saturday morning on April 12, 2014.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Doris Fay Ivy Patrick

    Doris Fay Ivy Patrick, born in the Mt. Zion Community located near Fairfield on May 9, 1926.

    April 11, 2014

AP Video
Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners Obama Greets Wounded Warriors Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
Featured Ads
Twitter Updates