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Marion Votel: Living a Life that Matters

Marion Votel: Living a Life that Matters

Marion Votel

Do you ever stop to consider how many different hats you wear in a day? Like most of us, Marion Votel wore many throughout her life, including daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, friend, neighbor, and community volunteer. With her warm smile and inquisitive and adventurous spirit, Marion used her natural qualities and gifts to make a difference in the lives of those around her. And though she didn't think of herself or her actions as special, the stories that have been shared since her passing in August, 2012, and the values and legacy she passed on to family, friends and community will continue to make a difference in the lives of all of us who call Minnesota home.

Not surprisingly, members and friends like Marion have been and are making a difference at the Society every day! Whether it's a sharing of time, talents or resources, the gifts that they have brought to bear are benefitting how we preserve, share and connect Minnesotans, using the power of history to transform their lives.

Sometimes joining a group of like-minded people is the spark that ignites a passion. Marion's interest in local, state and world history led her to become a member of the Minnesota Historical Society in the late 1970's. Subsequently, she joined a friends group of the Society, the Women's Organization of the Minnesota Historical Society and became a docent at the Governor's residence. Marion made friendships through WOMHS that would take her on travels around the world and last the rest of her life. It is in the coming together, the conversations, the laughter, the problem-solving, and the feeling that we are not alone that real magic happens.


Winter at the Oliver H. Kelley Farm
In death as in life, Marion Votel is continuing to make a difference in our world and in the lives of the people around us. She chose to remember the Society with a gift from her estate, which was designated to the Women's Organization of the Minnesota Historical Society Historic Sites Endowment Fund. This year, income from the fund is being used to support care of the livestock at the Oliver H. Kelley Farm during the winter season. This is a time of year when visitors to this 1860's working farm are few, but the importance of maintaining the health and vitality of the animals is critical as throughout the season you'll see plowing with oxen, horse-powered threshing, haymaking and other harvest activities.

There are many creative ways to make a difference in our world and in the lives of people around you. If you have some money, time or talents to share, but feel like you don't have enough to do what you'd like or what you think is necessary, get online and find a partner like the Minnesota Historical Society. Together we can not only make a difference, but make history matter.

We invite every Society member and friend to consider an endowment gift, either deferred or current, in your estate plan. Endowment gifts are a wonderful opportunity to create a permanent legacy in your name or in memory or honor of others.

For more information about the Society's Legacy program, please contact the Development and Membership office at (651)259-3121 or visit us online at www.mnhs-legacy.org.


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