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Catherine Lynn Byrum (née George, formerly Dillard) (born January 6, 1959) is the matriarch of the Dillard family.

She was the wife of Rick Dillard and the mother of their two children, Derick and Daniel.

She is married to Ronnie Byrum.

Personal life


Cathy was married to Rick Dillard from August 20, 1978 until his death on January 18, 2008 from a heart attack at the age of 50.

Cathy has since remarried and has been married to Ronnie Byrum since July 21, 2011.


Cathy and Rick have two children.

Their first child, son Derick Michael was born on March 9, 1989. He is married to Jill Duggar. They have two sons, Israel David, who was born on April 6, 2015, and Samuel Scott, who was born on July 8, 2017. They suffered a miscarriage in October 2021.

Their second child, son Daniel David was born on December 3, 1990. He is married to Deena Tougaw. They have two sons, Jaxon Michael, who was born on September 5, 2018, and Brady Richard, who was born on February 12, 2021.


She survived non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2014.