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Anita Garman Dunlavy

October 18, 1934 — October 4, 2022

Anita Garman Dunlavy, 87, passed away on October 4, 2022, at her home. Born October 18, 1934 in Warsaw, Indiana, to D.B. and Nellie (Huffer) Garman, she grew up in Claypool, Indiana. She taught high school several years at South Charleston, Ohio. Anita lived at various times in Indiana at Rising Sun, Connersville, Lafayette, and Irish Lake; in Ohio at Springfield, Perrysburg, and Delphos; and at Rockford, Illinois. A graduate of Claypool High School (’52) and Manchester College (’56), she was a member of Tri Kappa Sorority.  Passionate about education and an avid reader, Anita served on the boards of the Delphos Public Library and the Western Ohio Regional Library District as well as a North Central High School Evaluation of the Delphos Public Schools. After moving to Fort Wayne, she volunteered as a tutor for The Literary Alliance.

Anita was a dedicated patron of the arts, including having memberships in The Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario. An accomplished pianist, she greatly enjoyed classical music.

Anita was preceded in death by her husband, Thom D. Dunlavy, in 2002, and is survived by two sons; Shawn (Julie Foust), of Delphos, Ohio; and Drew (Sheri) of Fort Wayne; one daughter, Reagan, of Peoria, Illinois; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and five nieces and nephews.  Her sister, Wilda Gene (Garman) Marcus, brother, Robert Lee Garman, sister-in-law, Martha Jane (Dunlavy) Mitchell, and two nephews preceded her in death.

Burial in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, Indiana. Her memorial service will be 1:30, November 12th, at the chapel of Towne House Retirement Community, 2209 St Joe Center Road, Fort Wayne.  Visitation will begin one hour prior.  Memorial gifts may be made to Matthew 25 or The Literacy Alliance, each in Fort Wayne.


Matthew 25 Health and Care
413 E Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne IN 46802

The Literacy Alliance
1005 W Rudisill Blvd #307, Fort Wayne IN 46807

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