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Rachel “Bunny” Mellon’s will includes gifts to Fauquier residents and even a Kennedy

Thursday, Mar. 20 | By Jonathan Hunley
Rachel "Bunny" Mellon
The will of Upperville philanthropist Rachel "Bunny" Mellon includes gifts to her employees and to nature education in Fauquier County.

Filed Wednesday in Fauquier County Circuit Court, the document also recalls Mellon's love of art and some of her famous friends.

Mellon, who died Monday at age 103, left lots of her fortune, property and valuables to family. Her 75-year-old son from her first marriage, Stacy B. Lloyd III, is to get $20 million, for example.

But the document, which was changed nine times before Mellon's death, also directs that some of her employees be allowed to live in some of her Upperville houses for the rest of their lives.

And it notes that a "qualified charity or charities," should operate her botanical library and between 100 acres and 300 acres surrounding it for the "public benefit."

Specifically, the area, part of Oak Spring Farm, should be used for "education and training generally in horticulture, botany and landscape design and related fields of nature."

Mellon was known for her interest in nature, having crafted the Rose Garden at the White House during President John F. Kennedy's administration.

She also was friends with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and she left jewelry to Caroline Kennedy, the former first daughter.

Kennedy, the U.S. ambassador to Japan and inspiration for the Neil Diamond song "Sweet Caroline," is to receive an antelope pin fashioned by noted jewelry designer Jean Schlumberger and a long gold chain necklace with pearls.

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