Joyce Francis Michalec Dillman died Aug. 31, 2013, at the age of 81. She was born April 23, 1932, in Lavaca County.

She graduated from Moulton High School in Moulton in 1949. She entered nursing school at Breckenridge School of Nursing at the University of Texas in the fall of 1949. She spent the majority of her adult life being a mother to her four children, a wife to a military officer, a dedicated member to her parish and to a career as civil servant; a government career that allowed her to travel from the Pentagon, to Germany, to Fort Hood where she retired in 1995.

On Feb. 6, 1954, she married Richard Dillman and began a journey alongside him in his military endeavors, a journey that took them both to numerous European countries.

Although she was small in stature, her spirit was as large as Texas.

She was a devoted mother, grandmother and friend to all who knew her. She found great pleasure in her bowling and watching sports. She especially loved watching the Texas Longhorns, Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers, but enjoyed any sporting event at any time of day. She loved spoiling her dogs as well as her other family members. She lived life to the fullest, wasting no time. She always gave more to others than she took for herself, as was witnessed in her work with St. Paul’s Ladies of Charity Thrift shop in Harker Heights.

Mrs. Dillman was preceded in death by her brother, Donald E. Michalec; and her parents Bessie and Frank Michalec of Shiner.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Richard Dillman of Belton; her children, Candy Wagner, of Chesapeake, Va., and her sons, Shane Wagner of Fort Walton Beach Fla., wife, Candace, children, Jordan, Kiara, and CJ; Nathan Wagner of Chesapeake, Va., and wife, Chelley, children, Samantha and Nate; Dr. Richard Dillman Jr. of Amarillo, wife, Mitzi, and son, Beau; and his daughters, Tori Dillman, and son, Jackson, Lauren Goad and her husband, Bret, and daughter, Lila, of Wheeler; Kara Dillman of Houston, and Alyssa and Kevin Cooper of Southlake; daughter, Michelle Vernon of Killeen and her husband, Scott; their son, Ethan Vernon of Austin, and their daughter, Alexandra Vernon of San Marcos; daughter, Mellanye Eichelkraut of Belton and her husband, Joseph, their son, Kyle, of Queen Creek, Ariz., and his son, David, their son, Bryce, and daughter, Brynne. Other survivors include her brothers and sisters, Charles F. Michalec and his wife, Evelyn, of Halletsville, Elsie Michalec Barta of San Angelo, Boyce John Michalec and his wife, Margie, of Shiner, Annette Michalec Raab and her husband, Quinton, of Moulton, Anton G. Michalec and his wife, Patty, of Shiner, Susette Michalec Ochoa and her, husband, Ernest, of Houston.

Donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

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