Meryl Olsen Dun Beloved mother and devoted friend, passed on to join her husband for their next adventure on August 5, 2009. Meryl was born on November 14, 1935 and was raised in San Francisco by her parents Amelia and Andrew Olsen, Jr. The love of her life, the Rev. Angus Dun, Jr., predeceased her on July 21, 1999 and has been with her in spirit everyday. Meryl had a brilliant mind and was a lifelong learner, devouring books daily. She attended the Hamlin School in San Francisco and Pomona College. She was an amazing cook, always entertaining and nourishing love and community through her food. Meryl loved to travel, leading with her husband more than a dozen trips to China. She embraced and celebrated the Chinese culture, building lasting bridges of friendship. Closer to home, she shared happy memories in Maui, Colorado and Yosemite. She loved to camp and backpack and made the best chicken and dumplings in a cast iron dutch oven over an open camp fire. In addition to her work as an educator, primarily with Marin Country Day School, she dedicated her life to volunteer service. She volunteered on the Alumni Board and the Board of Trustees for the Hamlin School and the International Visitors Center in San Francisco through which she hosted guests from around the world. She was a 20 year veteran volunteer with the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, serving over 12,000 volunteer hours. She was dedicated to the Episcopal Church, especially All Saints, Carmel. Whether she was serving on a Diocesan committee, the church vestry, working in the office and so much more, she was ever-present to help the Church. In recognition for this devotion, she was awarded the Bishop's Cross by the Diocese of El Camino Real. Her complex and talented spirit will live on in her three children: Andrew Dun, Calvert Dun, and Peggy Dun Haney; and her five grandchildren: Lindsay, Drew, Henry, Alexander and Alena. Her family invites you to a celebration of her life on Sunday, August 9th, 3:00 pm at All Saints Episcopal Church, 8th & Dolores, in Carmel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to All Saints Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 1296, Carmel, CA 93921 or the Community Hospital Foundation, 1000 Munras Avenue, Suite 200, Monterey, CA 93940.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on August 7, 2009