Our beloved mother, grandmother, sister and aunt went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Unity Health in Searcy, Arkansas at the age of 86 years old. Cleota “Fern” Goza Dillin was born in Swifton, Arkansas on December 23, 1933, to the late Cletos and Hemma Golden Goza.
Fern professed a faith in Jesus at a young age. She was a strong Christian woman who shared her love for the Lord with her family and friends. She graduated from Swifton High School in 1953. She took pride in providing a loving and caring home for her children and beloved husband, Alvis Dillin. Fern and Alivs were married on December 27, 1955. To their union three children were born: Linda, Tina, and Joe.
In addition to being a homemaker, Fern was a seamstress at Helen’s Cleaners for 24 years. She took pride in the fact that she only missed one day of work in her 24-year career. The only things she enjoyed as much as being a mother and grandmother was going to yard sales and flea markets. She could turn trash into treasure.
Fern is survived by two daughters, Linda Rycraw and Tina Dillin of Searcy, Arkansas; one son, Joe (Betty Jean) Dillin of Judsonia, Arkansas; one brother, Cletos (Janice) Goza of Brookhaven, Mississippi; five grandchildren, Mickey (Dr. Brandy) Dillin and Kevin Dillin of Beebe, Arkansas, Michael Dillin and Tonya Wyont of Searcy, Arkansas, and Matt Dillin of South Carolina; seven great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and a host of friends and extended family.
Fern was proceeded in death by her parents, Cletos and Hemma Golden Goza; husband, Alvis Dillin; and two brothers, Leroy and Millard Goza.
Family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24 at Searcy McEuen Funeral Home. There will be a private funeral service on Thursday, June 25 with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery in Searcy, Arkansas. Arrangements by Searcy McEuen Funeral Home. www.searcymceuenfuneralhome.com
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