Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Jane Bonnie Dulin passed away Feb. 16, 2006, in Steamboat. She was 74.
Jane was born May 20, 1931, in Louisville, Ky., where she grew up. She attended The Collegiate School in Louisville before studying at Chateau Brilliamont in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Jane furthered her education at Smith College and the Boston School of Fine Arts, where she studied French and art.
Jane met Garrettson Dulin Jr. in the early 1950s at a luncheon in Louisville. The couple was married in 1954. After living in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco and Africa, the Dulins retired to Steamboat in 1978.
They built a home where they resided until Jane's death. While in Steamboat, Jane was an active member of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council and was involved with the Depot Art Center. Visual and performance arts were two of her biggest passions. Jane was a painter and a lover of symphonies, operas and ballet. She also loved the outdoors and took advantage of living in Steamboat, skiing, camping, going on pack trips and playing tennis.
Jane also earned a reputation as one of the county's best picnic-makers, opting for lavish spreads and elaborate tableware. Her interest in the French culture and language -- she was fluent in French -- could be seen in the kitchen, where she opened tasteful bottles of wine and prepared meals she read about in the gourmet food magazines she subscribed to.
Living in remote Northwest Colorado didn't prevent Jane and Garrettson from traveling, preferably to France. Jane always immersed herself in the culture of the city or country she lived in or visited. She adopted a lifestyle and easily adapted to foreign languages and customs.
Jane was preceded in death by her parents, Sevier and Judith Bonnie of Louisville; and a brother, Sevier Bonnie Jr. of Louisville.
She is survived by her husband, Garrettson Dulin Jr. of Steamboat; daughter, Shelby Dulin Perley of Charlotte, N.C.; two grandsons, Samuel and Albert Perley of Charlotte, N.C.; and a brother, Edward Bonnie of Louisville.
A private family service was held Feb. 24, 2006. Jane will be interred at the Steamboat Springs Cemetery. A larger outdoor celebration of Jane's life is being planned for late spring or early summer.
The Jane B. Dulin Memorial Fund in care of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation has been established at P.O. Box 881869, Steamboat Springs, CO 80488. It will fund scholarships in the arts, French language and Routt County historic preservation.