Breckenridge Texan

Mary “Lou” Dillingham

Mary “Lou” Dillingham
May 18
14:40 2024

Mary Lounell Dillingham, 90, of Breckenridge, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Graveside service under the direction of Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home will be held Monday, May 20, at 1 p.m. at Hart Cemetery with Butch Hinkle officiating.

Mary Lounell SoRelle was born on February 24, 1934, in Throckmorton, Texas, to Fred L. SoRelle and Veda B. Howard SoRelle. She was a hairdresser and seamstress. Lounell enjoyed dancing, and at one time, she was a member of the local Square Dance Club. She also took up clogging in her 60s. Lounell was a member of the Elks and became Exalted Ruler for the year 1999-2000.

Lounell was an avid garage saler; she loved going to them and having them. She enjoyed doing jigsaws, crossword puzzles, and crocheting. Lounell was a devoted member of the Trinity Baptist Church.

She married Raymon Carr on May 19, 1951. They had two children, Rickie Ray and Deborah Kay; later, she was to marry Don Dillingham on May 20, 1993.

Lounell was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Veda SoRelle; a sister, Gay Jeannette; and a brother, Freddie Howard; her husband, Don Dillingham; and a very special cousin, Jack Howard, who was more like a brother to her than a cousin.

She is survived by her son Rickie Carr and wife Pam, daughter Deborah Carr Wylie Brooks, and stepdaughter Cyndy Starr of Clyde, along with her children and grandchildren.

Grandchildren: Tammy Carr Farmer/Jeff, Michelle Carr Whitmire/Steven, Dusty Carr/Valerie, Tyshawna Wylie Harris/Chase, Brandy Wylie Howard/Chuck, and Tyree Wylie Fillingim/Tal.

Great-Grandchildren: Zeke Smith, Zane McKay, Chloe Whitmire, Raelyn Baird, Cayden Carr, Jaelyn Carr, Kellum Harris-Roberts/Brady Harris-Roberts, Canaan Harris/Hanna, Kaylar Harris/Layne Prosise, Connor Howard, Cidnee Howard and friend, JJ, Carsen Howard, Talmadge Fillingim, Elizabeth and friend, Gino, Revis Fillingim, and Savanah Fillingim.

Great-great-grandchildren: Zaylee Smith, Zaiden Smith, Oaklynn Baird, Winsten Carr, and another great-great-grandson, Ridge Wylie Prosise, due in September.

Cousins: Lori Howard Covill, Julie Howard Elliot, and Candi Howard Wolfe.

Family requests that memorials be made to the Trinity Baptist Church general fund or Meals on Wheels and may be left at the Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home office. Condolences may be left online at


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