Della Lois Dilley passed away peacefully on February 21, 2014 in Ashland, Ore. She was born to Etta Fay (Yarger) and Lewis Edward Franklin Perdue on October 4, 1924 in
Wiggins, Colo. Della was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry Augustus Dilley, Jr.; her brother, James
Edward; her sisters, Naomi Kathryn, Edna Ruth, and Olive Esther; her half-brother, Otho Stuart; and half-sister, Fay
Stuart. She is survived by her four daughters, Joy Hess (Gary) of Medford, Ore., Melody Ingram of Talent, Ore., Harrietta "Missy" Doran (Tim) of St. Helena, Calif., and DeAnne
Berryhill (Richard) of Santa Clara, Calif. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Keith Hess (Doris) of Casper Wyo., Greg Hess (Tracy) of Greybull, Wyo., Kim (Hess) Scheid (Wayne) of Lovell, Wyo., Jennifer Ingram of Talent, Ore., and Jeff Ingram (Brandi) of Ranchester, Wyo., and her two step-grandchildren, Tiffany (Doran) Mortiz of Reno, Nev., and Jay Berryhill of Lathrop, Calif. Her eight great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren also survive her.
Della spent the early years of her life on the homestead farm of her parents in Hoyt, Colo. She attended school in the Denver area and graduated from West High School in Denver, Colo. She was married to Harry Augustus Dilley, Jr. in Golden, Colo. March 18, 1942. She lived in the Denver area until 1964 and then moved to San Gabriel, Calif. with her husband and two younger daughters. A few years later, she and her husband moved to Rhode Island before returning to the Denver area. She enjoyed working for Allstate Insurance Company in Denver for many years before retiring. She moved to the Medford, Ore. area in August of 1992 after her husband passed away to be closer to her daughters on the West Coast.
She had a great love of writing and reading. She also loved nature, animals and the great outdoors. She was adventurous and loved to explore the mountains of Colorado, California, and Oregon.
A graveside service was held February 25, 2014 at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Medford, Ore. and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later time.
Contributions can be made to Bethesda Lutheran Communities, an organization that helps the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She was the Southern Oregon Area Representative for a number of years. Bethesda Lutheran Communities, 831 SW 27th Ave., Portland, OR 97205. Contributions can also be made to Dogs for the Deaf, Inc. 10175 Wheeler Road, Central Point, OR 97502, or to a charity of your choice.