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Miriam LaRue Dillon, 94

skybirdLEXINGTON, Ky. - Miriam LaRue Dillon, 94, passed away peacefully on June 13, 2013. LaRue, as she was known by friends and family, was born on October 28, 1918 in Thomasville, GA. After graduating from Thomas Co. High School, LaRue followed her younger brothers and enlisted in the Army in 1942 (WAC). Rising to staff sergeant, LaRue earned the American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and Victory Medal. She met Hershel "Buck" Dillon, a fellow officer stationed in Fort Detrick, MD, and they married on Aug. 25, 1945. She and Buck requested to be discharged and moved to Lexington, KY and later to a farm in Woodford County. LaRue and Buck had two daughters, Linda and Frances. LaRue was a founding board member of the Bluegrass Association for Mentally Retarded Children (BARC; now ARC of the Bluegrass). She served in many rolls including corresponding secretary, treasurer, and president from 1962-1964. In 1967 BARC opened a school for children with mental disabilities, where Frances attended. In 1973 they opened METRO Industries, a work center that provided life and job skills. LaRue was awarded the Ronald J. Cutter Award in April 1991 in appreciation for her service and dedication to ARC of KY. LaRue was an active member of Broadway Christian Church for 63 years. She was a member of the Homemaker's Club of Fayette and Woodford County, KY Federation of Women’s Clubs, Eastern Star, Bible Study Fellowship, and Daughters of the Nile.

LaRue is preceded in death by her parents Claude Leslie and Annie Lee Dekle, siblings Quinton Dekle and Peggy Dekle of Thomasville, GA, Clayton Dekle of Knoxville, Tennessee, Jean Woodward of Lexington, KY, her husband Hershel E. “Buck”, and son-in-law Gary D. Perkins of Georgetown, KY. LaRue leaves her brother Haskel Dekle and wife Joan of Thomasville, GA, her two daughters Linda D. Perkins and Frances A. Dillon, grandchildren Miriam Perkins, Hannah Chia, Alicia Katterheinrich, Nathan Perkins, David Perkins, and 12 great-grandchildren. She is remembered for her independent spirit and grace.

Funeral services will be 10:30 am Monday, June 17, 2013 at Kerr Brothers-Harrodsburg Rd. Burial will follow in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 4-7 pm Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to ARC of the Bluegrass. Officiating: Rev. Keith L. Katterheinrich, Dr. Miriam Perkins. Casket bearers will be Nathan Perkins, David Perkins, William L. Woodward Jr., Brian Kinney, Robert Dinsmore and Thomas Dinsmore.

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