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Leaving a Legacy

Eleanor and Raymond Wilson Charitable Trust

Eleanor Wilson was a life-long resident of Washington State, passing away in 2008 at the age of 101. Music was the primary focus of her life. She was a cellist, a graduate of the University of Washington, and an active member of Seattle Ladies Musical Club and the local chapter of the music honorary Mu Phi Epsilon. She served as national president of Mu Phi Epsilon. Eleanor and her husband, Raymond Wilson, often traveled the world but equally enjoyed camping in the nature of the Pacific Northwest.

They lived their lives together in a home his father built for them on a ridge crest in Magnolia. That home had a large living room window facing south that provided a view of downtown Seattle; behind it, Mount Rainier being most prominent. Years after the passing of Raymond and with her own health declining, Eleanor was shown an upscale retirement home to consider. Her promptly stated reason for rejecting that option was that it did not provide a view of Mount Rainier. She was determined to stay in her home, sitting where she usually did in front of that living room window.

Eleanor Wilson was generous to many organizations in her will, which also created the Eleanor and Raymond Wilson Charitable Trust. The trustees, at their discretion and with long personal knowledge of the Wilsons, awarded funds to Washington's National Park Fund specifically directed to Mount Rainier, confident that Eleanor and Raymond Wilson would enthusiastically approve of enhancing this treasure that meant so much to them.

In November 2010, Washington's National Park Fund received $350,000 to support Mount Rainier National Park:

-$250,000 to enhance the Volunteer Program over five years, resulting in 10,000 volunteers working 400,000 hours at an equivalent value of $8 million.

-$100,000 to establish a Mount Rainier Endowment Fund as a giving vehicle that will provide a stable source of funding for critical programs and services.

The Fund is deeply grateful to the trustees of the Eleanor and Raymond Wilson Charitable Trust for their support of Mount Rainier National Park.

 To read more about how this generous gift is supporting the volunteer program in Mount Rainier National Park, check out this report from the Mount Rainier Volunteers blog.

Mount Rainier from Seattle


Many other friends of Washington's National Park Fund have included the parks in their estate plans. Questions about other opportunities for financial support including memorials, honorariums, bequests and gifts of appreciated stock or securities can be directed to the Fund's Executive Director at 206-623-2063.