Jane Allen Hall Dayton
Hall, Jane Allen Dayton 92, whose laughter and zest for life, love and adventure was contagious, died peacefully at home November 22, 2017 surrounded by family. A long time resident of Deephaven, MN, Jane was born in Great Barrington, MA on June 9, 1925. She is preceded in death by her first husband of 30 years Leonard V. Dayton, second husband of 30 years James L. Hall, loving companion Thomas Markle, parents Clara Louise and Byron Allen, and brother Robert Allen. A leader, business woman, volunteer, philanthropist, social and community activist, Jane's involvement was widespread and served many organizations: The United Way, Red Cross, Junior League, Greater Minneapolis Girl Scouts, and politics at both the local and state levels. She was President of Broadcast Communications, Chicago, IL and a trustee of Rockford College, but she was most proud of being a founding member of Minneapolis Children's Hospital. She was a lifelong member of Plymouth Congregational Church and her love of music inspired her enthusiastic support for Plymouth's VocalEssence music program. Jane steered her own course in life in all she did, sure of her decisions and always looking forward. Life was about LIVING in the grandest way. A lover of Encampment Forest, sailing, fly-fishing, hunting, golf, bridge, and a good ball game, all brought to light her gap-toothed smile. Though her accolades are many, there is perhaps no greater achievement than the family she created. Jane is survived by children: Lindsay Berryman (Jim), Anne Hoffman (Ron), Meredith Olson (Tom), Richard Dayton (Patty), Rachel Dayton (Chip), and Leonard V. Dayton, Jr. (Beth); stepchildren, Joan Mork (Bruce) and Mark Hall (Sharon); 20 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; brother Byron Allen (Mable Ann), sister-in law Jean Allen; many nieces and nephews. Jane's life will be celebrated on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm, Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis. Parking available in LaSalle lot. The family extends its sincere gratitude to Tammi Alvarez and her team of angels, Amanda, Kelly and Haleigh, who lovingly cared for Jane until the end. Memorials preferred to Plymouth Congregational Church or VocalEssence, 1900 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403. David Lee Funeral Home Wayzata 952-473-5577 davidleefuneralhome.com
Published on November 30, 2017
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