Marjorie Grace Youngblood Dillard was born April 19, 1930 in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Evelyn Brown and William Warren Youngblood. Her grandfather, John Youngblood, was one of the first Blacks to attend Oberlin College. Her grandfather John Youngblood was from Shelby, Alabama. He later moved to Selma, AL and married Lena Shields of Selma.The couple had one son, William Warren Youngblood. The family moved to New York City.
The father of Marjorie was William Warren Youngblood. He started as a street vendor in New York. He purchased a grocery store and became known for Youngblood's Country Sausages. He eventually got out of the grocery business and began work with General Electric. William Warren married Evelyn Brown. They had two children, Marjorie and William Warren,Jr.
Marjorie attended a Practical Arts High School in 1948, graduated and attended Oberlin College majoring in musical education, she graduated in 1952. She was employed by Tuskegee Institute as a junior choir director. She met her future husband, Herbert Dillard at a social gathering, a Mobilian and graduate of Alabama State University. They married in 1957. The couple lived in Tuskegee and had two children, Noel and Warren.
They moved to Mobile, with her getting employed by Little Realty. She later got a position working as secretary for the Dean Sanford D. Bishop, who became President of the community college named in his honor S. D. Bishop State Community College. She was appointed Registrar from 1960-1992.