Margaret’s ancestors were pioneers who helped settle the Salt Lake Valley, and later San Juan County in Southern Utah. Raised in a military family, Margaret lived her childhood in many parts of the country, but her parents always returned to Utah as “home base.”
After earning her Bachelor of Science degree at Brigham Young University, she worked for several years as a Registered Nurse. She then married Dr. Lynn T. Dayton, a Provo physician. Lynn and Margaret are deeply committed to their large family, some of whom are out of the country on church and professional assignments.
Shortly after her marriage, Margaret chose to put aside her career as an RN in favor of being a full-time, hands-on mother and wife. Of that experience, she says, “I am deeply grateful to have been able to stay home as a full-time mom. It’s a choice that is becoming increasingly elusive in our society, and I count myself very fortunate to have had that option.”
Although a very modest person by nature who seldom speaks of her own talents, Margaret is a capable musician (piano and organ), an articulate speaker, and an excellent listener.
Margaret jokes about how 20 pounds ago, she was an avid runner, participating in several half-marathons and a full marathon. She makes her own bread from wheat she grinds herself. She enjoys cooking, has taught occasional recipe planning classes, and was an ardent scrapbooker even before scrapbooking became cool.
She has always been involved in community service efforts, including:
- Service as a once-a-week elementary classroom volunteer for 15 years,
- Served on the Board of Trustees for College of Eastern Utah for 8 years (Board Chair for 2 of those years),
- Terms as County President and State Board Member of the Medical Alliance (the service arm of the Utah Medical Association).
- Currently serving on advisory boards for UVSC and Alpine Adult Education Advisory Board.
Margaret has been continually involved in both church and community service.