Margaret and her beloved 1930 Packard
Margaret Dunning was born in 1910 in Redford Township, Michigan, and moved with her mother to Plymouth in the 1920s. She died in 2015 at the age of 104, having lived 90 years in the same house on Penniman Road in Plymouth.
During her lifetime, Ms. Dunning was a successful businesswoman, philanthropist and civic booster. She and her mother were early supporters of the Plymouth District Library. In 1947, Bessie Dunning and her daughter, Margaret, purchased a house at the library’s present site to provide the facility with a permanent home. In recognition, the library building was named the Dunning Library. Years later, Ms. Dunning gave the Plymouth Historical Society $1 million to fund a major expansion.
In addition to her personal philanthropy, Ms. Dunning was a classic car enthusiast and was a regular participant in the Woodward Dream Cruise with her 1930 Packard 740 Roadster. The Packard convertible won the Classic Car Club of America Trophy at the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, California, in 2012; Jay Leno presented the award to Ms. Dunning.