Dorothy Lee Gibbs Mamel "Bunny"


Age 92, of Bloomington, passed away peacefully during the Full Moon on November 27, 2023.   She was affectionately given the nickname Bunny when she was born on Easter Sunday, April 5, 1931 in Mexico, MO (the town not the country!)

Bunny received an Associate of Arts degree from Colorado Women’s College in 1951, and married William Mamel in 1953. They settled in Minnesota and raised their three children.

Bunny’s passion for genealogy started in the 1960s and resulted in a bookcase full of three ring binders filled with family history, all before the internet. Bunny was an excellent homemaker. She sold Avon, bowled in a league, volunteered at schools, played bridge, sewed, knitted, and decorated for every occasion. She was an avid collector of teddy bears, bunnies, and watches.

A small-town girl, Bunny wrote cards and thank you notes for all occasions and chronicled the lives of her circle in numerous notebooks. Divorced in 1979, Bunny worked at Dayton’s downtown selling Fine Jewelry, an echo of the family jewelry store of her childhood. She walked to the 47H bus rain or shine for nearly twenty years, retiring at 70.

Bunny had a sunny personality, a ready laugh, and didn’t take life too seriously. She was the best mom her kids could hope for.

Bunny is survived by her son Bruce (Jane) Mamel of Raleigh, NC, daughter Jill (Kurt) Larsen of Bloomington, MN, and Joanne (Richard) Kaiser of Colorado Springs, CO, as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Bunny will be interred in the family plot in Mexico, Mo.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Heart Association.