Beverly Joan "Bev" Dunn, 72, passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at her home, Galion after a valiant and determined 15-year battle with ovarian cancer.
She was a leap year baby born on February 29, 1940 in Monroe, WI to the late Raymond and Lucille (Schmoldt) Myers. Bev attended Richland Country School and graduated from Monroe High School in 1958.
Bev fell in love with ponies in her early years and, upon graduation, went to work for Joyce Morgenthaler Peffley in Pinckneyville, IL, helping with showing ponies around the country. She was one of the first young women in this profession and helped open doors for others like herself. She married L. Lee Dunn on October 26, 1963 and lived in Belleville, MI for forty years. For the past 10 years, she has lived in Galion.
Bev and her husband showed Hackney and Shetland ponies throughout their entire marriage. She was instrumental in the management, operation, and success of their business, Dun-Haven Pony Farm. She served as secretary of the Michigan Hackney Club for seventeen years and served as a director for the Ohio Hackney Association for twelve years. She also was a director for the American Hackney Society for six years. She was especially proud of owning and showing "Bean", a Shetland that was undefeated in eight years of showing.
Bev's special joy was her dogs and was very proud of being a breeder, owner, and handler of Italian Greyhounds. She showed her dogs over many years in Michigan and Ohio, with several of her dogs attaining the level of championship.
Bev was a life-long member of the United Church of Christ, first in Monroe, then in Michigan, and finally in Ohio. She served as elder for nine years in Michigan and three years in Ohio. Beverly's strong faith is what helped her through this long struggle.
Bev loved going on trips with her sister, having traveled in forty-nine states, Mexico, and Canada. She had many interests and loved reading, riding her bike, riding horses, attending craft fairs, her flower gardens, and all animals. Besides raising ponies, she also owned many exotic birds, rabbits, and many breeds of toy dogs through the years. She also enjoyed watching figure skating and professional bull riding. Beverly loved decorating her house for Christmas and had trees and decorations in all the rooms. Bev was known as a wonderful cook and baker and liked making up her own recipes.
Bev had many friends from high school, church, the dog shows, and the pony business who were a great support to her.
She is survived by her husband and sister, Kathleen and Don Mann, Madison, WI, two uncles of Monroe, WI, brothers-in-law Dennis and Judith Dunn, Saline, MI and James Dunn, Howell, MI and many cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Friends may call Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 2:00-4:00, 6:00-8:00 PM and the hour prior to the service at the Mark A. Schneider Funeral Home, Galion. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 25, 2013 at Mark A. Schneider Funeral Home, Galion, with Pastor Brad Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Blooming Grove Cemetery, Blooming Grove.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences to the family may be made at masfh.com.
Published in The Galion Inquirer on Jan. 23, 2013