In Memoriam: Lillian M. Emerson
Lillian M. Emerson, along with her husband, the late Gerry Emerson, was a charter member of the Fraser South Rhododendron Society. She was our first treasurer, and then became our secretary for a term.
An enthusiastic supporter of the chapter, Lillian was always ready to help - to cook a ham for a Christmas party, to serve coffee and calories at a meeting or plant sale, or to prepare her own garden for visitors on garden-tour days.
Lillian had a zest for life and adventure we envied - who else would do a bicycle tour of Australia at the age of 72; or spend seven weeks on a tour of England covering, if not John O' Groats to Land's End, at least Inverewe to Trewithin, and many points between - at the age of 83.
Lillian taught school for many years. She excelled in teaching special needs children, and she was able to pass along her enthusiasm for this work to other teachers. Justly proud of the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren, she remained a source of love and support for them.
Her death, at the age of 90, leaves us all poorer.