MANCHESTER — Mary “Bunny” Dillmann of Manchester, Vt., died peacefully on Feb. 11, 2013, surrounded by the love of her three daughters.
Bunny was born July 28, 1915, in Middletown, N.Y., daughter of the late Raymond and Mary Fuller. She graduated from Skidmore College in 1937 and married Fritz Dillmann, architect, in New York City in 1938, where she worked in public relations. During WWII, she held similar positions in Washington, D.C., while her husband served in the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain ski troops.
The Dillmanns moved to Manchester in 1945. Bunny was active in many community organizations, including the Dorset Players, the Southern Vermont Arts Center, Bromley Ski Club, United Counseling Service and the Manchester Welfare and Nursing Association. Quality education was especially important to her, leading to her involvement in the PTA, serving as president at the local and state level.
Bunny was a feature writer for the Bennington Banner in the 1960s. Her deep love of reading led to her earning a master’s in library science and her appointment as school librarian at the Flood Brook School in Londonderry in the early-1970s. She later spent 20 years at the Manchester landmark, the Johnny Appleseed Bookstore.
Bunny enjoyed an active outdoor lifestyle, skiing, hiking, playing tennis and gardening until nearly 90. She and her husband started skiing at Bromley in the late-1930s and were involved in the start-up of the Snow Valley Ski Area in 1941.
Bunny devoted many loving hours to her extensive gardens and adjoining woodlands. With her family and friends, she shared her great love for and extensive knowledge of the natural world.
She traveled extensively with her husband and especially enjoyed visiting family in Germany and in the Rocky Mountain West. She is survived by three daughters, Johanna and Bob Rase, Deer Lodge, Mont., Lisa and Chris Cox, Colorado Springs, Colo., Kathe Dillmann of Manchester; her grandson, Cody Cox, Golden, Colo.; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband in 1997.
Memorial services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Vermont Land Trust at www.vlt.org; or to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England at www.plannedparenthood.org/ppnne.