Barbara Dillenberg
Barbara Dillenberg

Obituary of Barbara Sue Dillenberg

Barbara Sue Dillenburg, 86, passed away on Monday, May 11, 2020, with family by her side at High Point Village in Enumclaw, WA.  She was born on February 1, 1934 in Chillicothe, Ohio and was the daughter of Berton J. and Ethel Cole, both deceased.  When she was 7 years old “Sue”, as she preferred to be called, and her family moved to Seattle.  Sue was married to Donald L. Holt for 17 years and they had five children together.  In 1975, Sue met and fell in love with Linus V. “Dill” Dillenburg and they married.  The two enjoyed many fun activities together, such as ballroom dancing, fishing, gardening, and their love of music.  Sadly, Dill passed in 2010.  Growing up, our home was always filled with music and Mom loved to sing.  She knew the words to nearly every song.  Mom was a very talented and capable artist, creating a variety of works of art.  As a seamstress, she sewed the latest fashions for her daughters and herself, in addition to producing some beautiful quilts.  Her artistic talents included creating some wonderful pieces using oil paints, such as numerous paintings and pieces of furniture.  She was very giving and designed various stained-glass pieces of art, lamps, and intricate wall hangings, for her loved ones.  Mom also had a knack for architectural drafting – designing and building three homes, including the family home we grew up in.  She could do almost any type of craft or form of art, that she put her mind to.  As a mother of five children, she was a “stay-at-home” mom during our formative years.  After the children were grown and on their own, Mom and Dill moved to Port Orchard, where she worked for the Kitsap County Elections office for 25 years, retiring in 2009.


She was preceded in death by her parents, her biological mother, Helen Wilson, husband “Dill” of 34 years and granddaughter, Brianna Kirby.  She is survived by her son, Bradley Holt (Sandi), daughters Brenda Kirby (Lannie), Diane Fredricks (Doug), Nadine McCluskey, and Gayle Dixon; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister Bev (Harold) Whitehead, brothers Mike (Hazel) and Gary Wilson; and sister Marsha Gwinnett.  She was especially close to Granddaughter Megan (Josh) Dedrick.  We will miss her terribly but take comfort in knowing she is no longer in pain.


Due to the present situation, we hope to have a Celebration of Life, later this summer.

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