Sunrise, May 1, 1938—Sunset, March 27, 2023
Teretha Carroll Dillard was born on May 1, 1938. She was baptized at True Apostolic Church, in Minneapolis, under the late Elder Robert Hill, Sr. Later she joined Rehoboth Church of Christ, in Minneapolis, under the leadership of the late Mother C.E. Parker and District Elder Charles Parker.
Most recently, Mother Teretha Dillard was a member of and mother to many at Mighty Fortress International Church, under the leadership of Bishop Tom Williams, where she served in many capacities.
For more than 30 years, Mrs. Dillard served the Minneapolis Public Schools, where she was affectionately called “The Lunch Lady.” Teretha Dillard loved the Lord, and there was seldom a conversation or visit that did not end with, “Let’s say a word of prayer.”
Mrs. Dillard enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. She had many passions, including sewing, knitting, and crocheting. She loved teaching her grand and great-grandchildren how to sew and knit and often blessed newborns with prayer blankets. She was also known for her sweet potato pies.
Teretha Dillard passed away on March 27, 2023, at the age of 84. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ardis Rayford, Arleana B. Carroll, and Adell Carroll Sr., husband, Ajor Dillard, four sisters and three brothers.
Teretha Carroll Dillard is survived by her children: Eddie Dillard, Freddie Dillard, John Dillard, Bertha McLain (Lonnie), Michael Dillard, James Dillard (Roberta), David Dillard (Tracy), Joseph Dillard, Sr. (Ann-Marie), Nancy Dillard, Major Dillard (Elaine), Daniel Dillard, Mary Obasoro (Ayodeji); a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; her brothers: Alfred George Rayford, Levester Rayford, Abraham Hill, Charles Rayford, Ivory Carroll, Sr.; beloved nieces and nephews; as well as other relatives, friends, and church family who love her dearly.
Visitation will be on Thursday, April 13, 2023, from 10-11 a.m. CST. The service will follow on Thursday, April 13, 2023, at 11 a.m. CST, at Shiloh Temple International Ministries, 1201 W. Broadway Avenue in Minneapolis.
Bishop Tom and First Lady Sabrina Williams, along with the Mighty Fortress International Church will eulogize Teretha Dillard. The repass will immediately follow the service at ECMN, 1101 W. Broadway Avenue. Interment will be on Friday, April 14, 2023; those attending the burial should meet at 10:00 a.m., at Shiloh Temple for the car procession to Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Email all resolutions and tributes to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Send expressions of condolences to: Joseph Dillard, 4194 Wyndham Park Circle, Decatur, GA 30034.
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