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Marilyn Dianne Dillard

Marilyn Dianne Dillard, American property manager. Named Miss Greater Seattle, 1964; honored for leadership in the arts Junior League of Seattle, 2002; charter member National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, 2002.


  • Dillard, Marilyn Dianne was born on July 7, 1940 in Norfolk, Virginia, United States. Daughter of Thomas Ortman and Sally Ruth (Wallerich) Dillard.

  • Education

    • Studied with, Russian Prima Ballerina, Alexandra Danilova, 1990. Student with honors at entrance, University of California at Los Angeles, 1958—1959. Bachelor in Business Administration with honors, University Washington, Seattle, 1962.


    • Modeling-print work Harry Conover, New York City, 1945. Ballet instructor Ivan Novikoff School Russian Ballet, 1955. Model Elizabeth Leonard Agency, Seattle, 1955-1968.

      Member college fashion board, retail worker Frederick & Nelson, 1962. Retail worker I. Magnin & Company, 1963-1964. Property manager Kirkland, since 1961.

      Antique and interior designer John Jay Cunningham Antiques, Seattle, 1968-1973. Owner, interior designer Marilyn Dianne Dillard Interiors, since 1973. Research board advisors American Biographical Institute, Inc., since 1990.


    • Author: (poetry) Flutterby, 1951, Spring Flowers, 1951. Contributor, assistant chairman (with Junior League of Seattle) Seattle Classic Cookbook, 1980-1983.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Charter member, president Children's Medical Center, Maude Fox Guild, Seattle, since 1965, Junior Women's Symphony Association, 1967-1973, "200+1" Organization, 1967-1970, Virginia Mason Medical Center Society, since 1990, National Museum of America Indian, Smithsonian Institution, since 1992. Member Seattle Junior Club, 1962-1965, 97—. Member Friends of the Pike Place Market (saved the market from demolition), 1971.

    Board directors Patrons Northwest Civic, Cultural and Charitable Organizations, chairman various committees, Seattle, since 1976, production chairman, 1977-1978, 84-85, auction party chairman, 1983-1984, vice president party/production, 1984-1985, executive committee, 1984-1985, chairman board vols., 1990-1991, advisory council, since 1991. Member University Washington Arboretum Foundation Unit, 1966-1973, president, 1969. Board directors Council for Prevention Child Abuse-Neglect, Seattle, 1974-1975.

    Board directors, vice president, member committees Seattle Children's Theatre, 1984-1990, assistant in lighting main stage plays, 1987-1993, advisory council, 1993—2004, assistant in lighting main stage plays Bathhouse Theatre, 1987-1990. Advisory board Northwest Asian American Theatre, 1987-2001, Co-Motion Dance Company, since 1991. Organizer teen groups Episcopal Church of Epiphany, 1965-1967.

    Provisional class president Junior League Seattle, 1971-1972, next to new shop assistant chairman, 1972-1973, board directors, admissions chairman, 1976-1977, executive vice president, executive committee, board directors 1978-1979, sustaining member, since 1984. Charter member Junior Women's Symphony Association, 1967-1973. Member Seattle Art Museum, 1975-1990, Landmark, since 1990, Corporation Council for Arts, 1991-2003.

    Founding director Adrienne Coons Memorial Fund, 1985, vice president 1985-1992, 95—, president 1992-1995, since 2007. Member steering committee Heart Ball American Heart Association, 1986, 87, auction chairman, 1986. Member steering committee Bellevue School District Children's Theatre, 1983-1985, public relations chair, 1984, assistant stage manager, 1985.

    Member History Seattle Preservation and Development Authority, since 1997. Member Eastlake Community Council, since 1997. Member Steamship Virginia V. Foundation, since 1997.

    Member Floating Homes Association, Seattle, since 1999. Member Queen Anne History Society, since 2000. Committee chairman Republican Precinct, 2000.

    Member Kirkland Downtown on the Lake Organization, since 1999. Appointed City of Kirkland Downtown Strategic Planning Action Committee, 2001-2007. Member City of Kirkland Transit Center location committee, 2001-2003, Academy American Poets, 2006.

    Member University Washington Alumnae Association (life), Pacific Northwest Ballet Association, Progressive Animal Welfare Society, Associated Women University Washington(student council 1962), Husky Honeys (University Washington representative 1961-1962, chair fashion board University Washington 1961-1962, Senior Honor Woman award University Washington 1961-1962), Seattle Tennis Club.



    Needlepoint, horseback riding, theater, travel.


    • Married James Conner Coons, November 6, 1965 (divorced June 1988). 1 child, Adrienne Alexandra Dillard Coons (deceased).
    • father: Thomas Ortman Dillard
    • mother: Sally Ruth (Wallerich) Dillard
    • spouse: James Conner Coons
    • child: Adrienne Alexandra Dillard Coons Dillard (deceased)
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    • 1990
      Russian Prima Ballerina
    • 1962
      University Washington
    • 1945
      Modeling-print work, Harry Conover
    • 1955 - 1968
      model Elizabeth Leonard Agency
      Seattle, Washington, United States
    • 1955
      ballet instructor, Ivan Novikoff School Russian Ballet
    • 1961
      property manager, Kirkland
    • 1962
      member, Frederick & Nelson
    • 1962
      retail worker, Frederick & Nelson
    • 1963 - 1964
      retail worker, I. Magnin & Company
    • 1968 - 1973
      antique and interior designer, John J. Cunningham Antiques
      Seattle, Washington, United States
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