UPDATED: Woman drowns in Lake Lanier



FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A 59-year-old woman drowned in Lake Lanier on Sunday evening, July 7, after apparently falling into the lake from the dock at her home, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Section.

Marinés “Mary” Rosa Dillon, 59, of Hope Road in Cumming, Ga. lost her balance about 6:30 p.m. and fell into the water at the dock at her home on Hope Road.

Her husband, Daniel Dillon, said he jumped into the water to save her because she could not swim.

A neighbor heard screams from the couple and had his wife to call 911 as he rushed to their aid.

Dillon was transported to Northside Hospital Forsyth where she was pronounced dead. Dillon marked the fifth death at the lake this year, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Dillon was born in Puerto Rico and later moved to the Atlanta area where she met and married Daniel, her husband of about 40 years.

For 30 years, she worked as an analyst for Delta Air Lines.

In addition to her husband, she is survived her son Chris “Jesse” and her daughter Carrie.

Funeral services will be held July 12 at McDonald & Son Funeral Home in Cumming.

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