Margaret Dillender

Hamilton County

Margaret S. (Polly) Dillender, of Signal Mountain, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 at Alexian Nursing Home.She was born Aug. 16, 1929 in Dade City, Fla., to William P. and Margaret Stevens. The family moved to Augusta, Ga., during World War II where she attended high school. From there, she attended The University of Alabama. After graduation, she returned to Augusta where she met Dick Dillender, and married him in 1951.In 1954 they moved to Chattanooga and to Signal Mountain the following year.She was an ardent golfer for a number of years but later took up tennis, which she enjoyed equally as much. She was a member of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church since 1955.She is survived by Dick Dillender, her husband of 61 years; three children, Becky (Ward) Gossett, David (Patti) Dillender and Teke Dillender; seven grandchildren, Jeni (Dickie) Sompayrac, Josh Gossett, Haleigh (Marshall) Zealy, Ila and Maury Dillender, Will and Vaughn Dillender-Kinast; and three great-grandchildren, Jack, Sam and Ben Sompayrac.Plans for a memorial service will be announced later.The family wishes to recognize and thank the staff of Alexian Nursing Home and Caris Healthcare Hospice for the tender, loving care shown Polly and her family during her stay there.Visit www.heritagefh.com to share words of comfort to the family.Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga,TN 37421.

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