In Memoriam

Mary Lee Dayton

Voyageurs National Park Association extends its deepest sympathies on the passing of Mary Lee Dayton, supporter and friend of VNPA and Minnesota’s national park for many years.

Through the WM Foundation, Mary Lee and her daughters established the Wallace C. Dayton Voyageurs National Park Legacy Fund.  The fund honors her late husband and his commitment to environmental stewardship.  This revolving land fund allows VNPA to purchase private lands within Voyageurs National Park to be restored to native vegetation, protected for wildlife habitat, and opened to the public for outdoor exploration and enjoyment. This gift recently enabled the purchase of a 61-acre property and will continue to support vital land preservation work in the park for years to come.

You can read more about Mary Lee Dayton’s life and generous spirit in the Star Tribune here.




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