Folk icon, Redding resident Mary Travers dies

Redding resident and folk music icon Mary Travers of the trio Peter, Paul and Mary passed away Wednesday. She was 72.Travers died of complications from

REDDING - Redding resident and folk music icon Mary Travers of the trio Peter, Paul and Mary passed away Wednesday. She was 72.

Travers died of complications from chemotherapy after a lengthy battle with leukemia.

Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey and Travers made it big in the 60s with songs such as "If I had a Hammer" and "Puff the Magic Dragon." The trio broke up in 1971, and Travers moved to Redding for a quieter life after pursuing a solo career.

Travers reunited the band for a benefit to raise funds for a new senior center in Redding. Community members say the building will now serve as a reminder of her legacy.

"We are very proud she called Redding home," says Redding First Selectman Natalie Ketcham.

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