Margaret Dunning died this past Sunday while
visiting in California. She was born on June 26,
1910 in Redford Township, Michigan. Had she lived
until July 26 she would have been 105 years old!
Her death doesn’t make her interesting, her life
does. She got her first driver’s license when was
12 years old, spent her first 13 years on the dairy
and potato farm owned by her father until her dad
died, and had Henry Ford for a neighbor.
She and her mother moved off the farm and later
ended up in Plymouth, Michigan where she attended
the same country school that had educated her father.
She went to a private school, came back to graduate
from Plymouth High School, attended the
University of Michigan and then the Hamilton
Business School in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
She liked tinkering with old cars and worked for
a short time at the Phoenix Mill Ford plant making
voltage regulators. She then worked several years
as a teller at the First National Bank of Plymouth.
In 1947 she bought Goldstein’s Apparel and renamed
the store Dunning’s. She sold the store in 1968.
But she also gave by volunteering and with her
philanthropic activities. From 1942-1945 she
worked with the Red Cross in their motor pool and as
a driver. In 1947 she and her mother purchased land
and a building to house the Plymouth branch of the
Wayne County Library System.
She served on the board of Community Federal
Credit Union in Plymouth from 1962-1984, 19 of
those years as president. In 1971 she donated over
$100,000 to the Plymouth Historical Society to help
build a new museum, and in 1998 she donated $1
million for an addition.
At 102 she went back to college on a scholarship
and drove the Packard to school. At 103 she still
owned, and drove her 1930 Packard although she
admitted her daily driver was a 2003 Cadillac.
Here’s an earlier video of her talking about
the Packard she bought in 1949.
A loss to many, but a life well led. She did lead
an amazing life. Our condolences.
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