Olga Dickerson Dillard

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We will dearly miss our mom, Olga Dickerson Dillard, aged 87, beloved mother of Carmen and Damon, son-in-law Dan Fahey and devoted widow of Raymond Dillard, who passed peacefully into Heaven on Wednesday April 20, 2016.

Olga was born in Washington, D.C. on February 10, 1929 where she grew up with 2 brothers and 2 sisters, and her parents, Philip and Mary Dickerson. She married Raymond Dillard on September 28, 1957 and had two children, Carmen and Damon.  They were married for 29 years until Raymond’s death in 1986.  She lived most of her life in Washington, D.C. and Cleveland, OH, with the last several years in Houston, TX.

Olga attended teachers college then began working as a clerk in the naval offices in Pittsburgh, PA where she met Raymond.  They were married and moved to Cleveland where she worked and retired from the city of Shaker Heights.  She enjoyed cultural events like musicals, reading mysteries, as well as travel to see relatives.  As anyone who knew Olga, she never met a stranger, and she especially loved small children, hugging her grandkids every chance she could.

Olga was preceded in death by her parents, Philip Golden and Mary Magdalene (Cole) Dickerson, husband, Raymond Leon, sister, Elaine and brother, Philip.  Her surviving siblings are sister, Geraldine Smith, sister, MaryAnn Quarterman and brother, James Dickerson.  Olga is also survived by her son, Damon Dillard, daughter, Carmen Fahey (Dillard), son-in-law, Dan Fahey and three grandchildren, Damon Dillard Jr., Nicole (Nikki) Fahey and Ryan Fahey. In addition, she has four great grandchildren (Neveah, Izaiah, Malachi, and Journey) and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Crowder Funeral Home, in Clear Lake, TX on Tuesday, April 26th.  The family will greet guests from 600 – 7:00 pm followed by the memorial service at 7:00 pm.


  1. Damon, God bless you and your family.
    Traci Jones, James & Shirley Clanton
    Little Rock, AR

    Traci Jones
  2. Damon; my condolences to you and your family. Regards, Wilietta

    Wilietta F. Johnson
  3. Damon, Sorry for your lost you and your family are in my prayers. Rhonda Henry

    Rhonda Henry
  4. Damon, So very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in your memories. You, and your family, are in my prayers.

    Nadine L. Pallens
  5. Damon sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family

    Tasha Bogan
  6. Damon, Sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. Jonnell Murray

    Jonnell Murray
  7. Dear Carmen and Damen and your families, your Mom was such a special person. I always looked forward to seeing her because she always made feel special. She always wanted to know what was going on in my life and let me know that it was important. Her face would light up when talking about you. She had that ability to connect with people and to bring light to their lives. She loved fully and she loved you. I am glad she is with your Dad now. He was another wonderful person that left her too early. I miss them both and I miss you. You have my thoughts, prayers, and love. — Sheila

    Sheila Hall
  8. I send my deepest sympay. I am holding my dearest memories of both Olga and “Papa” close in my heart until I see them both in Paradise. With love and sorrow..

    Sabenia Arrington
  9. Carmen,Damen, and family: My condolences to you for the loss of your mom. During a time such as this, please know and believe that our ability to express our emotions with tears is a gift and God keeps track of each tear we cry. Psalm 56: 8 says, “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book” (NLT). But one day…we are promised (REV.7:17)..God “will wipe away every tear.” Thinking and praying for you. Michelle and Melvin

    Michelle Houston
  10. My loving sister Olga, our quiet easy-going family member, was loved by many. She was always present for us, with a smile and supportive words, no matter the situation.

    Olga had many friends, but only a few were very close. She loved to keep her own company, and was just as happy to stay at home reading novels rather than being with a crowd of people. She was also a great napper, and could fall asleep easily with people talking loudly around her.

    Her favorite dessert, when she was a child, was tapioca pudding and the rest of us five children knew that she believed that our mother made it just for her. She made that clear by eating most of it.

    As children, we spent our summers on the water in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. She loved the country and always seemed refreshed and revived when we returned to Washington, DC at the end of the summer.

    After high school, she went to Miner Teachers College, but teaching was definitely not her goal. After a summer of government employment, she decided to stay on. She loved the work and enjoyed having her own money. As usual, she was generous, even buying clothes for me when I was a poor college student.

    I will always remember Olga as the kindest and most gentle person I knew. I loved her dearly and will miss her kind, sweet presence in my life.

    God rest her and may we meet again one day.


    MaryAnn Dickerson Quarterman
    • Thank you for your remembrance!!! Those are beautiful memories. I’m so glad you shared them. Thank you.

      Alana Foster (Damon's fiance')
  11. Damon and family May our GOD provide strength and peace in your hour of sorrow.
    GOD’s blessings to you and your family.

    Moniqe Malone Cleveland ohio
  12. Damon and Carmen,

    My condolences on losing one of the most important compasses in your lives, your mom. May you find peace and strength as you reflect on all the good times you had together. God bless you both.

    Cynthia L. Davis
  13. My condolences to the family, may God bring you comfort and peace.

    Michelle Jackson
  14. Damon, Carmen, and Family,

    The City of Refuge Christian Church extends it’s deepest condolences. Please know that we love Damon and appreciate him. His presence, anointing, prophecy, and love are mere glimpses as to what you have poured into him. Thank you for raising such a spirit filled young man.

    May you now receive your peace and reward from your creator.

    Eternally yours,
    The City of Refuge Christian Church
    Rev. Lee Patterson Sr.

    City of Refuge Christian Church
  15. Damon, Carmen, and Family.

    My condolences to you all. I would be remiss if not saying I regret not meeting Mrs. Dillard. However, I thank her for leaving me one of the greatest legacies she had. The wonderful man I’ll marry soon is a reflection of the rearing he received. I’m thankful for the wisdom, religion, chivalry, compassion, love, and care he shows me and others. His words, actions, and values provide me a mere glimpse into the remarkable woman Mrs. Dillard was.

    Mrs. Dillard thank you for his rearing. Thank you for your son.

    Rest peacefully and eternally.

    Detroit, MI

    Alana Foster (Damon's fiance')
  16. Our condolences go out to you, Carmen and Dan and your entire family. It sounds like your mom was a wonderful person who truly enjoyed life to the fullest!

    -The Ellerbrock Family

    Tom Ellerbrock
  17. Damon, so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time.

    Katherine Starzynski
  18. Auntie Olga.. I love you and will miss you.. Words cannot describe the sorry I have..May you rest in peace with Papa daddy, Grand mommy & Phillip..I’m sure we will all meet again!! PS: Your sister Gerri & Melody say goodbye also and they love & will miss you!!!

    Leon E. Smith
  19. Damon,
    I’m truly sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. My prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.

    Belinda Terrell
  20. Carmen, just saw this message. So sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you, Dan, Nikki and Ryan at this difficult time.

    Love you all,
    Maureen and Stephen Wiser

    Maureen Wiser
  21. Carmen, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult period in your life.

    Mary Stickler

    Mary Stickler
  22. Davenport and family, sorry for you loss. Praying for the family.

    Hellen Pacely
  23. Sorry Damen. This phone.

    Hellen Pacely

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