January 1, 1911 - October 24, 1977
|Effie M. Dill was born January 1, 1911, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, the only child of Arthur and Cordelia Carson Cummings. Following her father’s death in an industrial accident when she was five, her mother remarried, and the family moved to a ranch near Tulsa, where Effie grew up as a cowgirl. Later the family moved to Dallas, where she graduated from Dallas Technical High School in 1929 with a straight A average and as class valedictorian. As a result of her step-father’s death in an auto accident, Effie was unable to accept any of the college scholarships she had won, and went to work with her mother in the café which they operated first in Dallas and later in New Orleans.
She was employed as retail credit manager for a New Orleans firm when she met Ernest M. Dill, a marine engineer, in 1947; they were married in 1948. To this union were born two sons, Ernest Marion, Jr., and John Ernest.
With her husband she operated the family business in Pearl River, Louisiana, for a number of years, until his entry into the ministry and their appointment to the Sun-Bush charge in 1964. With him, she served at Livingston-James Chapel, Pollock-Selma-Liberty Chapel, and Kilbourne-Locust Grove, until, following a massive stroke which he suffered in 1974, they retired to Ruston, where he died in July 1976. She continued to make her home in Ruston for another year before moving to Cupertino, California (San Francisco) to be near her sons during her last days. There she died on October 24, 1977.
In her own special way, Effie drew from her humble background and difficult circumstances of life an unusual strength of character, intellect and courage. To everything she did, whether as businesswoman, civic worker, gardener, wife or mother, she brought a style and dedication which were distinctively hers. Her command of life, her moral strength, her compassion, and her personal insightfulness helped greatly to form her marriage, the ministry she and her husband shared together, the character of her sons, and the friendships she shared with one and all.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, 1978; p. 176 By James E. Christie|