Tulsa public relations and marketing executive Debra Renee Dill, owner of the “What’s the Dill” agency, passed away on April 7.
Known by her friends and family as Debbie, Dill was born August 18,1957 in Eureka, Kan., graduated from Tulsa’s East Central High School in 1975 and attended Oklahoma State University where she studied marketing.
She was an enthusiastic event planner and fund-raiser for a multitude of local organizations, including the Junior League, Junior Philharmonic, the Tulsa Philharmonic, Ronald McDonald House, the American Red Cross, Magic Empire Girl Scouts, Tulsa Mentoring Council, and Harvard Avenue Christian Church.
Her involvement in Junior League included serving as co-chairman of the 1992 Fore Tulsa Pro/Am Golf Tournament and as chairman of both Going to Bat for Tulsa Kids and To Tulsa…Love JLT, for which she was named Volunteer of the Year. She was also co-chairman of the first phase of the League’s Endowment Campaign. At the time of her death, she was serving as the sustaining advisor to the League’s board.
Dill was a devoted wife, mother and friend. Her outgoing personality, superb organizational skills and vivaciousness showed through in every aspect of her life. Her friends and family say that she had a unique style for making everyone she met feel special.
Dill will be missed by her husband Bruce Dill; daughter Margaux Dill; daughter Megan Igel and her husband Aaron of Colorado; parents Jim and Eileen Wilson of Tulsa; sister Vicky Westfall and her husband Kevin of Tulsa; sister Cheri Brittain and her husband Brian of England; brother David Wilson and his wife Shannon of Bixby; granddaughter Hazel Bea Igel; nephews Maxwell Westfall, Connor Wilson and Brandon Brittain; along with extended family and many dear friends.
Services were held April 17 at the First United Methodist Church. The What’s the Dill Foundation, supporting the arts, has been established in Dill’s honor.