Jean Zimmerman Dillard

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April 30, 1942 ~ January 27, 2022

Born in: Atlanta, Georgia
Resided in: Stone Mountain, Georgia

Jean Zimmerman Dillard, 79, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, passed away on January 27, 2022.

Jean was a fun-spirited, head-strong, feisty, and proud woman. She was always concerned with taking care of others and never wanted to be the center of attention. She was a “take-charge” kind of person. She was a fighter. She was generous. She held close those she loved, and she told them how she felt. She had a cackling laugh that anyone could recognize. She expected the best in life and she worked hard. She was a party-girl, and boy, she could throw a party! Jean’s love of socializing with others landed her in a lifetime career of event planning. She coordinated thousands of events in the Atlanta area at Tower Place Hotel, St. Ives Country Club, and Marietta Country Club – weddings, parties, golf outings, birthday celebrations, office banquets, etc. She loved Motown music, Ray Charles, and Bob Seger. Her favorite foods were crab legs, salmon, ribs, bananas, green pea salad, and Chips Ahoy cookies.

Jean was always a night owl, staying up until 2:00 or 3:00 AM and sleeping until noon. She often called her son late at night when he was in bed “just to see how he was doing.” She was a gambler. She was the Queen of Black Jack and she loved slot machines. She would get a bloody Mary and sit and play for hours, often leaving with more money than she came. Jean was a regular at the Casinos- Tunica, Biloxi, Gulfport, Shorter, Cherokee, Cruise Casinos, and she even made a few trips to Vegas. When we heard the jackpot bells, we’d look around and see Jean with a huge, devious grin on her face and fire in her eyes.

Last year, Jean discovered that her mother’s gravesite in Atlanta had a direct and clear view of Stone Mountain. Little did Jean know that her mother had been watching over her all these years at Jean’s Stone Mountain home.

???? FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS… Jean leaves behind her beloved son, Donnie “Don” (Mary) Dillard and her three grandchildren who affectionately called her “Bubbie”- Zach and Noah Dillard, and Molly (Tori) Malfoy. She was preceded in death by her mother- Terba P. Zimmerman, father- Herman Zimmerman, older brother- “Abe” Samuel Zimmerman, and older sister- Esther Zimmerman. Jean also leaves behind her sister-in-law- Nancy (Abe) Zimmerman. She was “Aunt Jeanie” to nephews- Gerald (Deborah) Zimmerman and Walter Zimmerman, and niece- Jackie Zimmerman (Ken Cain). She was Great Aunt Jeanie to Kayla, Karly, Jeremy, Mackenzie, and Aiden, and Great, Great Aunt Jeanie to Bentley, Kinslee, and Karsyn.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 4, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Wages & Sons Funeral Home, 1040 Main Street, Stone Mountain, GA 30083.


Visitation: February 4, 2022 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel
1040 Main Street
Stone Mountain, GA 30083


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  1. CandleImageAunt Jeannie: Will miss and always remember your love, laugh, and fun spirit. With much love!!!

  2. Jean was a wonderful neighbor and a friend. I will miss her and her wonderful laugh.
    Rest in peace dear Jean.

  3. CandleImageTo the Family: I am sorry for your loss. Peace to you. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me (Luke 24:44). He also said “This is what is written:The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead the third day, and repentance for forgiveness of sins will be proclaimed in his name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem (Luke 24:46-47). May Adonai open all of our minds and hearts to not only hear the Truth of the Word, but also to be doers of the Word. May the peace, hope, love, grace and mercy of YHWH always rest upon you (us).

  4. CandleImageJean, I miss you and our long talks already. You are one of the best friends I have ever had. Thank you for everything you did for me. Be at rest and peace. Love you

  5. Jean will be missed so very much. She had a fabulous sense of humor and beautiful heart. Sending hugs to Donnie, Mary, Noah, Zach and extended family and friends.

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