Hybridizer Lillian I. Terrell (1898-1975)
Wasco, California, USA
In the passing of Lillian Terrell the AIS has lost a faithful member and booster of iris. Lillian was appointed National Robin Chairman by John Bartholomew and served for many years in that capacity. She had a wide acquaintance among iris fanciers in many parts of the country. She had been a member of the SCIS for many years. A charter member of the Kern County Iris Society, she, along with Collie, donated freely to its maintenance. A visit to the Terrell garden in Wasco, California was a real delight. Here one could see many of the latest iris introductions, including the Terrell introductions. Lillian assisted Collie in his hybridizing program by keeping records of the crosses and maintaining correspondence with other hybridizers. Her wide knowledge of iris was rewarded by appointment as an AIS Judge. Five years ago she suffered a cerebral accident and has been in poor health since that time. She was a gracious and lovely person and now we can keep her in our memory through the beautiful pink iris named for her by her nephew, William Bledsoe.
-- Main.RPries - 2012-05-18