Mary Dillard, age 86, passed away early on the afternoon of August 29, 2013. Mary was born in Ash Grove, Missouri on February 24, 1927 to Commador Hankins and Lida May Hailey. In 1939 her father was killed in an auto accident and Mary, her younger brother, Joe, and her mother moved to Avenal, CA. Mary graduated from high school in 1945 and met the love of her life, Fred Dillard. After Fred was discharged from the Navy after serving three years in the Pacific Theater on a destroyer during WW II, they married and had their only son, Larry Dillard, in 1948. They moved to Taft in 1947 and continued to live there the rest of their lives. Mary spent many years as a bookkeeper for several oilfield construction companies, car dealers and the State of California. Mary was a member of the Taft Chapter of Order of Eastern Star for many years and served two terms as Worthy Matron. She also participated in several roles with the local Desk and Derrick organization. Mary was also proud of her contribution to the City of Taft Oildorado every five years. Mary and Fred loved to travel throughout the United States and overseas after Fred retired in 1982. She especially enjoyed short trips to Las Vegas. She became a San Francisco Giants fan in 1958 when the Giants moved to the west coast. She loved Willie Mays. Mary is survived by a large extended family including her son, Larry Dillard of Taft; brothers, Joe Hankins and his wife, Sue, of Bakersfield and Ed Mitchell of Orinda, CA; her nieces, Debbie Dillard of Sacramento, Marti Roberts and her husband, Wade, of Bakersfield; her nephew, Rob Hankins and his wife, Debbie, of Bakersfield; and many grand-nieces and nephews. Mary will be greatly missed by all who knew her, especially her loving family. Visitation for Mary will be on Friday, September 6, 2013, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at 12:00 p.m., noon, in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel. To express online condolences please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.