Mary Lee Lowe DAYTON

Wayzata, Minnesota


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Mary Lee Lowe Dayton, community leader, philanthropist, and supporter of women's issues, died peacefully at her home in Wayzata, MN on August 21, 2013. She was predeceased by her husband of fifty-four years, Wallace C. Dayton, who died in 2002. Born in Marshall, Missouri, on May 12, 1925, she was...

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Sorry to hear of the passing of the nicest and kindest lady I have ever met. I met her and Wally back in 1995 when I sold their home on Sanibel. I had several dealings with Mary Lee since then and will always remember the times we would sit and visit. Matter of fact I am writing this from Wally's desk that she gave me. I think of them often and they will be missed. I can honestly say they are the two nicest people I have ever met.

We were saddened to hear of you mother's passing. My mother and I catered dinner parties for your mother and father. Your mother was a joy to work for and we could see her love of family and friends.
We were not surprised to read all that your mother did to make
our communities a better place. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mildred Roehl and Rita Roehl Ranweiler

I read the obituary for Mrs. Dayton in the NYTImes on Aug. 28 and immediately thought how much I would have enjoyed knowing her. What a fascinating woman she was. Kathy Jones Bentonville Arkansas

To the Mary Lee Dayton' Family,

My parents (Frederick & Inez Deming) knew Mary Lee and her husband quite well. My folks introduced them to me as had a nice chat with each other. When my folks arrived in Sanibel (Snowbirds) as your folks also came down for the Winter. I met Mary Lee at the beach with Wally to find these seashells. She always beat me to find these beautiful sheshells. I really enjoy with Mary Lee and Wally very much. She had been very active Westminster...

The Mary Dayton's Family,

My parents (Frederick & Inez) Deming knew her parents (Arnold & Bradie Lowe quite well. I met Mary Lee and Wally in Sanibel to look for seashells. She was very eager to find these good shells as she got the best to beat me to find them. She had been very active at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis and very valuable assets to the Board of Trustee at Macalister College. She had been very alert with her friends. May rest in peace, Mary.

Please convey my sympathy and condolences to the entire family, for I have many friends in the family. Dr. Arnold Lowe, Grace Dayton and all of her sons, Sally (helped in our office one summer and I saw her at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York while she was at Vassar). Mary Lee had a great life, and we are all better people because we knew her. Donn G. Mosser, M.D.

Mary Lee's passion for all living creatures, and delight in learning more about them, was infectious. She generously advanced the cause of conservation throughout the state.

To the family of Mary Lee,

Thank you for allowing us to care for your mother. We offer our sincere sympathy and love during this difficult time.

Allina Health Hospice Foundation

Mary Lee blazed the trail for women in philanthropy.