Roberta "Bunny" Landis, of Cordillera, 1945 – 2011
Vail, CO Colorado
The Cordillera community mourns the passing of our dear neighbor and friend, Bunny Landis. Bunny, 66, died Aug. 11 in the company of her husband, Jim, and family in their home in Tampa, Fla. She was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer just under two years earlier.
Bunny and Jim have participated fully in Cordillera life since they bought a vacation home here in 1999. A memorial service/celebration of Life is planned for Sunday at 4 p.m. on the Cordillera Summit Golf Course.
Bunny is survived by her husband, Jim; her son, Blake Casper; daughters Allison Adams, Stacy Kammert, Megan Landis/Ferestien; and grandchildren Dallas, Adelaide, McKenzie, Jack and Davis.
Born in New Haven, Conn., Bunny spent most of her life in Tampa and raised her family there. Her given name was Roberta, but since childhood, she has been known as Bunny because to her mother’s touch, she was “soft as a bunny.”
Bunny enjoyed her summers in Cordillera golfing, hiking, playing bridge and participating in all the cultural and charitable events our valley is noted for. With the assistance of the Shaw Cancer Center in Edwards, she was able to enjoy a fruitful summer here last year while undergoing a rigorous course of chemotherapy.
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“Bunny was a terrific patient,” said Lynn Tremblay, a nurse at the Shaw center. “It is so marvelous that our part time residents can be treated here while enjoying all the splendors of our valley. Bunny’s love of Vail and her friends here really gave her the strength to keep going all summer. We at Shaw were looking forward to a second ‘Summer of Bun’ this year.”
Unfortunately, a disastrous turn in her response to treatment coupled with a stroke put all plans for a return to Cordillera on hold and Bunny slipped away, painlessly, shortly thereafter.
Upon learning of her diagnosis in October 2009, Bunny was fearful, but did not despair. In fact, she sent a special piece of jewelry to many of her Cordillera friends with the request that they wear it throughout her illness but return it upon her recovery. Many Cordillera ladies are wearing these momentos to this day.
Throughout her life, Bunny also went out of her way to honor servicemen in uniform by buying them a meal whenever the occasion arose. This special gift led to an introduction to Chaplain Bill Coker based at MacDill AFB in Tampa. Chaplain Bill and Bunny spent many inspirational moments together, which brought strength to a nationwide telephone prayer group. Many of Bunny’s very special Cordillera friends participated in these weekly prayer sessions.
“Bunny taught us more about God and his graces than we ever could have imagined,” said Mart Pieper, longtime Tampa/Cordillera friend and prayer group participant.
“Bunny was a beautiful and gracious lady with a fabulous sense of humor. She truly knew how to live the last months to the fullest and was such an inspiration to us all,” said Jean Oglethorpe, a Cordillera confidant.
Beverley Ellis, a close friend ever since the early days of Cordillera, recalls Bunny as the “most dear person to me. She was why I always rushed to Cordillera. She is everything you would want in a friend … joyous, generous, graceful, brave and of course, the life of every party.”
Donations in memory of Bunny may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, pancan.com, or The Shaw Cancer Center, http://www.shawcancercenter.com. For more Information on Bunny’s celebration of life, please call Jean Oglethorpe at 703-919-0442.