Re: Re: AIS:Passing of an Irisarian
In a message dated 4/11/2006 12:16:22 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
And, like Lloyd Zurbrigg, helping other iris lovers until the last week
of her life. She provided invaluable help in the current update to the
Rosalie always contributed generously to the AIS including the Silent
Auction - both donating and buying!! She always gave me a proxy to buy items for
her and did many hundreds of $$ of purchases each year, even the last two
Conventions which she could not attend. One person in Fresno even had the
audacity to object to the fact that this "absent person" was high bidder when she
wasn't even there!! Many of us know Rosalie's method of driving up the bids
to benefit the final Silent Auction amount.
I also received a box from her (I think) yesterday with donations to the
Silent Auction which she must have had someone mail 4-5-06 from the UPS store in
Baltimore - no note enclosed so I e-mailed her last night to verify that she
had indeed sent it. (If someone else sent it, please let me know!) They
are wonderful donations and I'll drive the bids up to get them myself in memory
I and many people will miss her funny jokes by e-mail and especially cat
pictures-I'm sorry she didn't get to see this copy of The Medianite with "Irises
and Companions" which has many cats that she so dearly loved! She would
have loved it!!
There are hundreds of us in irisdom who were inspired by Rosalie for her
generosity of spirit, staunch support for the Youth groups and wise and
thoughtful advise about many iris and AIS related questions (to say nothing of her
feminist support and politics in general!!!)
Rosalie definitely shaped our idea of what service to an organization meant!
We will surely miss her and will many others.
Our best wishes to all her family of whom she was so fond.
Rita & Tom Gormley
AIS Silent Auction Chairs
Cedar Hill, MO
AIS Region 18, Zone 5
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