Betty Peyton - A life of joy and family philanthropy
When Betty Peyton died in December, 2010, at the age of 93 she was described by many as "gregarious, resourceful, and philanthropic." She truly loved life, enjoyed people, believed in family, and chose many avenues for expressing her interest and her family's interest in preserving the quality of life for future generations.
When the Minnesota Historical Society in 2003 launched what became the Mill City Museum on the river front in Minneapolis, it caught her attention. Built on the ruins of what once was the world's largest flour mill, the project captured part of Betty's personal history as well as her imagination.
She described it this way: "Back in 1968 when my father Whitney Eastman's History of the Linseed Oil Industry was published, I was so proud of Dad's many accomplishments that I wrote a tribute to him which was inserted as a preface in the book. And now as a follow-up of my early pride for that amazing man, I felt rewarded by the opportunity to establish a memorial fund for him at the Mill City Museum." (Dated August 28, 2004).
And so the "Whitney Eastman Fund for Mill City Museum" became an endowed named fund in the Society's permanent funds providing resources that will help support the Museum for generations to come.
Betty, her parents, her husband and sons and grandchildren have all shared a philosophy of generosity that has benefitted many organizations dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in our communities.