Maude P. Dilday

September 18, 2009


AHOSKIE – Maude Peele Dilday, age 90, of the 800 block of Center Grove Road, died Friday, September 18, 2009, at Guardian Care of Ahoskie.

Mrs. Dilday was born in Bertie County on August 9, 1919, a daughter of the late Claude Bailey and Maude Bazemore Peele. She was a member of Center Grove Baptist Church and the Women‚??s Missionary Union. She worked as a sales clerk with the Ahoskie Department store for 29 years and later as a nurse‚??s aid at Roanoke Chowan Hospital for 10 years. She was the widow of J. Alton Dilday.

Left to cherish her memory is a daughter, Alice Dilday Pruden of Jamestown, NC; two sons, Johnny Cohen Dilday and his wife, Gayle of Cary, NC, and Joseph Ashley Dilday and his wife, Brenda of Ahoskie. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Joy Dilday White, Hope Seeber and husband, Kurt, Dawn Goff and husband, Mike, Tammy Pruden, John Michael Dilday and wife, Ann, Brian Dilday and wife, Koryn, Mark Dilday, and Teresa Bishop and husband, Trent; and 15 great grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be conducted on Monday, September 21, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. at Center Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Tommy Kiker and Rev. Bob Skeens officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Garrett-Jones Funeral Home from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, and other times at the home. Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made to Center Grove Baptist Church, Building Fund; or to Center Grove‚??s Relay for Life team, 826 Center Grove Road, Ahoskie, NC, 27910.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the caregivers at Guardian Care of Ahoskie who showed such kindness and care to Mrs. Dilday during her stay there. Maude Dilday was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and loyal friend to many and will be missed by all.

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Margaret Newsome
14 years ago

My deepest sympathies to the Dilday family. I remember Mrs. Dilday from her days working at the Department store, but my most special memories are from the times I visited my father at Guardian Care. She would sweetly say “let me know if there is anything I can do for you.” My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Barbara H. Stutts
14 years ago

Alice, Joe and Johnny. I am so sorry I could not be with you last week-end. I remember all the weeks Dalton,Bobby,Betty and I spent at the Farm. Your Mother al-ways maded everyone feel welcome!!I sll so remember the last visit to your Moms, Alice Your Mother and I stayed up until 2:30 in the Morning looking at old pictures and memories. I will al-ways remember her,she was a really good person. All my Love to you, Barbara

Eddi Lyles
14 years ago

I worked with Maude at RCH for several years and there never was a kinder or more caring person.

She was a blessing in my life and for many others I am sure.

Linda Dunn (Paige)
14 years ago

Johnny, Alice, Joe & Families,

God bless you all whom I consider my extended family and thank you for sharing Maude who was my “other mother”. Never were there two greater friends than she & my Mom. Did you know that when my Granddaddy Phelps died, it was Maude who spent the night in our house & stayed up all night with Mom and greeted all the visitors the next day? That’s just the kind of friend your mom was. We will surely miss her, but her spirit lives on in the goodness she instilled in each of you. I love you all. Paige

Joyce Copeland
14 years ago

Joe and Brenda, You are in our thoughts and prayers. I remember all the good times we have had at the family gatherings. Your mother was truly a blessing to us all. I loved her humor she always had about her. She was always generous and kind to all she knew. And of course a wonderful cook and seamstress. We will always have fond memories of her.

We love you all.

Joe Morris
14 years ago

Alice, Johnny and Joe, 9-21-09

I was deeply saddened this morning when I got the news of your mothers passing. Please know that my deepest sympathy goes to you and all your family.

Your mother was a very dear lady and the many years of frienship will always be a great memory to me.


Joe V. Morris

Mike and Sue Goff
14 years ago

Maude was a wonderful, kind, loving woman who will be missed by all who knew her. From the first time I met her to the last time I saw her, she always made me and my family feel like a part of her family. She was a gracious hostess and I’m sure she’s in Heaven right now taking care of everyone’s needs. Maude, I’m glad I got to know you and, if you don’t mind, save some ham biscuits for me!

Emily Brantley Hall
14 years ago

I have so many fond memories of Maude and Alton. When my sister, Clara Lee, and I would go to visit them with mama and daddy as families did many years ago we would read funny books and Maude would make us pop-corn balls to eat. And that was fun! Every time we visited Maude in Guardian Care she would recall those days. Her special personality will surely be missed!

Emily and Thomas Hall