Martha Ellen Dillon

1933 - 2020

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Martha Ellen Dillon died at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Heritage, Findlay, where she had been a resident for the past year. She was born April 14, 1933 in New Straitsville to Frances and Ernest Pargeon. She was the first-born of the eight Pargeon children. Growing up, Marti also lived in Galion and Ottawa, but spent her adult life in Findlay. She is survived by a daughter, Chris Dillon, of Findlay; a son, Steve (Jayme) Dillon, of Findlay; sisters, Joanne Windau, of Carey; Ruth Miller, of McClain, Texas, and Judy Wright, Urbana. She has three grandchildren, Bobbi (Derrell) Hammond, of Winder, Ga.; and Haley and Sophia Dillon, both of Findlay. There are three great-grandchildren, Amara, Javante and Kianni Hammond. Marti was preceded by her parents; a sister, Phyllis, and brothers Don, Bill and Robert. As a single-parent mom and homemaker, Marti held several jobs over the years. She worked at Superior Cleaners, the YMCA, for Dr. August Mazza, and at the House of Portraits. She had attended St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Marti’s life began during the Great Depression and ended during the COVID-19 pandemic. She lived a simple, independent life until August 2019. She didn’t drive until her 30s. She never flew. She never got a parking ticket or used a credit card. She most loved her family and to feed people (her potato and cranberry salads and pineapple cookies were famous). She liked needlepoint, ironing and Tom Brady. She savored nature, squirrels and birds, flowers of all kinds, but especially violets, lilacs and dandelions in the spring. She was a cat lady and always had at least one around. Her latest feline, Stuart Little, survives her. Marti didn’t want a funeral service, but memorials in her name to the Humane Society and SPCA of Hancock County, 4550 Fostoria Ave., Findlay, OH 45840 or the Hancock County Dementia Coalition, 1800 N. Blanchard St., Findlay, OH 45840, would be a fitting tribute.


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To : Steve and Jayme
Date :Monday, September 28th 2020
From : Paula Alessi
My sincere condolences to you both and your family during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.



To : Bobbi
Date :Monday, September 28th 2020
From : Emma
Your Nanny touch my life in so many ways. I was glad to be a part of her life if only for a while. She was a good and kind lady. May we all meet one day soon for cookies and hot chocolate. I will greet her back one day. Much love to the whole family.



To : Steve and Chris
Date :Monday, September 28th 2020
From : Emma
Your mother played a huge roll in my life. Through good and bad she seemed to always be there. I will always remember how she always kept her lipstick on and hair just so. She will be missed. Much love



To : Bobbi family
Date :Monday, September 28th 2020
From : Missy
I’m sorry for your loss. I’m praying for you and your family. Love you guys!



To : Steve Jayme family
Date :Tuesday, September 29th 2020
From : Tom T Roberts
Sorry for your loss and you are in our prayers.

Tom & T.



To : Chris
Date :Wednesday, September 30th 2020
From : Penny Stiner Papenfus
Chris, I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember her fondly and the great times we had at sleep overs etc growing up. She did my senior portrait back in the day when she worked at House of Portraits. Penny Stiner Papenfus




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