|Birth: ||Oct. 31, 1937|
|Death: ||Mar. 1, 2011|
Nancy Ann Dillard Franklin, 73, died at home in Mt. Calm, Tuesday, March 1, 2011. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 4, at First Baptist Church in Mexia with Cameron Simmons officiating. Interment will be in Mexia City Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Dillard Home in Mexia.
Nancy Ann was born in Mexia, Texas, to the late Raymond and Genevieve Hughes Dillard. She was the granddaughter of Col. J.K. and Annie McGrail Hughes of Mexia, and William Moses and Nancy Eliza Stanford Dillard. She graduated from Mexia High School and attended Baylor University, where she was a member of Alpha Omega, later Pi Beta Phi sorority. After receiving a Bachelor's degree from Baylor, Nancy attended Southern Methodist University where she earned a Master's degree. In 1961, she married her high school sweetheart, Johnny Franklin.
She was proud of her part in founding the Mount Calm Public Library, which was established in 1977. For 34 years, Nancy was the director of the library, and as a member of Texas Library Association, was selected as the first "Small Community Librarian of the Year" by the Small Community Libraries Round Table of TLA. She also served on the Mount Calm ISD School Board for three terms, during which she was president of the board. Nancy was active in the Mount Calm Study Club, serving as an officer in various capacities, and was also a member of the Hill County Historical Commission. As an enthusiastic member of the Sterling C. Robertson Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, she held various offices.
An avid genealogist, Nancy spent many hours tracing her family history. She was the author of several articles in various genealogical journals, the compiler and editor of a book on Mount Calm history, and the author of a book about her great-grandfather, Moses Hughes. She was a member of the Baylor Alumni Association, which recognized her Dillard family as a "First Family of Baylor".
She was preceded in death by her husband.
Survivors include her daughters, Kathleen Franklin, of Mount Calm, and Elizabeth Simmons and husband, Cameron, of Clear Lake; grandsons, Jacob and Benjamin Simmons, of Clear Lake; brother, Hughes Dillard, of Mexia; other family members, and many friends.
Waco Tribune-Herald: 3/03/2011...E7
Raymond Lafayette Dillard (1905 - 1986)
Genevieve Cathereene Hughes Dillard (1909 - 1992)
Johnny E. Franklin (1936 - 2008)
Nancy Ann Dillard Franklin (1937 - 2011)
Kathleen Dillard (1940 - 1940)*
Mexia City Cemetery
Plot: Section: Hughes Circle
Created by: Ruth M. Brown
Record added: Mar 03, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66415757