Beverly Joan Dunn, age 72, formerly of Monroe, passed away on January 20, 2013 at home after a valiant and determined 14-year battle with ovarian cancer.
She was a leap year baby born on February 29, 1940, in Monroe, WI, to 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 women in this profession and helped open doors for others like herself. She married L. Lee Dunn in 1963 and lived in Belleville, MI, for 40 years. For the past 9 years, she has lived in Galion, OH.
Bev and her husband showed Hackney and Shetland ponies throughout their entire marriage. She was instrumental in the management, operation, and success in their business, Dun-Haven Pony Farm. She served as secretary at the Michigan Hackney Club for 17 years and served as director for the Ohio Hackney Association for 12 years. She also was the director for the America 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, attaining the level of champion with several of her dogs.
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 49 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 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 also 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.
Bev was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, sister, Kathleen (Don) Mann, Madison, WI., two uncles in Monroe, WI, and many cousins.
The funeral was held on January 25, 2013 at the Schneider Funeral Home in Galion, OH. Beverly's final resting place is in the Blooming Grove Cemetery which overlooks the farm.
Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society.