WEATHERSFIELD, Vt. – Ruth King Dunning, 101, died peacefully Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Cedar Hill Nursing Home in Windsor. She was born Ruth Virginia King, July 29, 1916 in New York City, the daughter of Carol and Frank King.
A remarkable student, Ruth attended public schools in New York graduating high school at age 15 and acquiring her bachelor’s degree in education from Hunter College at 19. She would go on to earn her master’s degree later during her 40-year career as a public school teacher.
As a young woman, her summers were often spent in the upstate New York community of Copake where she met Richard Dunning, a local dairy farmer. The two were married June 27, 1941. Together, they raised five boys. In 1943, they purchased an old farmhouse at the end of a rutted mountain road in Barnard, Vt., and so began the legacy of the Dunning Camp, which has been a focal point for gatherings of the expanded Dunning family for 75 years.
Ruth loved all things in nature, and her household often included wild animals rescued injured and nursed back to health with her tender care. The Dunning home was filled with houseplants and the yard with perennials and fruit trees. She was a devoted mother to her five sons and a loving wife for 71 years until Richard’s passing in 2011 at the age of 91.
Survivors include her sons Bruce Dunning of Kirkville, N.Y., Leigh Dunning of Port Henry, N.Y., David Dunning of New London, N.H., Glenn Dunning of Brookfield, Vt., and Larry Dunning of Claremont, N.H.; their wives; 13 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
Friends are welcome to join family members Friday, July 13 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Davis Chapel Chapel, 99 Summer St. in Springfield or at the graveside service Saturday, July 14 at 11 a.m. at the Windward Cemetery off of the North Road in Barnard. Reverend Mike Boy of Ascutney will officiate.