Alexa Dillard, Widow of Dillard's Founder, Dies

Alexa Latimer Dillard, the widow of Dillard's Inc. founder William T. Dillard and mother of top leaders in the retail chain, has died, the company reported in a news release. She was 96.

She was the mother of William Dillard II, CEO of the retail company, which is based in Little Rock; Alex Dillard, president; Drue Matheny, an executive vice president; Mike Dillard, also an EVP; and Denise Mahaffy, a corporate vice president.

Born in Nashville (Howard County) on Oct. 30, 1916, Alexa Latimer married William T. Dillard on June 9, 1940.

"She was his devoted wife, loving mother of five children as well as his true partner and confidant in the founding and growth of Dillard's," the company release said. "Mrs. Dillard was known for her quick wit and eye for great merchandise, but more importantly for her unmatched devotion to her family. She will truly be missed."

Arrangements are by Ruebel Funeral Home in Little Rock.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Ruebel Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Little Rock. The full obituary can be read here.