Mary Haldeman Dayton
Aspen, CO Colorado
Mary passed away peacefully in her beloved home, Long Shadows, on Aug. 30, 2008, surrounded by family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Edith and Wellington Haldeman and her brother F. Bruce Haldeman. She is survived by brother and sister-in-law John and Joan Haldeman, sister-in-law Cathy McCorquodale, sons and daughters-in-law David, Vanessa, Steven, Joyce, Bruce and Lynn, grandchildren Isaac, Caleb, Adele, Dorothy, Alex and Conner, and nephews Michael, Mark and Chad and their families.
Born in Minneapolis, she grew up on Sheridan Avenue and graduated from West High School and the University of Minnesota. She was a timelessly beautiful and effortlessly elegant woman of indomitable spirit. She prided herself on being ahead of her time.
She was a member of the Minneapolis Aqua Follies Precision Swim Team; she was an expert downhill skier and the first female member of the Old Goats Ski Club.
She was a great patron of the arts, photographer and world traveler. She brought great beauty into the world and into her home.
She will be missed by her many dear friends including her Alpha Phi sorority sisters, the Arts Council, her tennis club and the whole gang in Aspen. She owned a home on Red Mountain from the late ’70s through the early ’90s, where she enjoyed entertaining her great friends the Lavenders, Watsons and the Masons.
Her family wishes to extend special thanks to the many caregivers and partners that provided for her comfort and helped her create a beautiful home. Please don’t send flowers. Remember her by planting something beautiful or writing to someone who is lonely. If you wish to make a contribution in her memory, the Walker Art Center or Virginia Piper Breast Cancer Center would be the sort of lovely thing that she would thank you for.
A memorial service will be held in the Chapel at Westminster Church in downtown Minneapolis at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4.
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