In Memoriam

San Diego Iris Society: In Memoriam - Ruth Miles Bryce (1936-2016)

A tribute from her sister and fellow "iris nut," Dorothy Driscoll

Ruth was raised in a small farming community in Draper, Utah. She liked to help with the large family garden and learned how to can fruits and vegetables for winter storage at an early age. She even won a few blue ribbons at the County Fair for her canned peaches and pears.

Ruth developed a love for growing flowers and plants of all kinds, but especially irises.She ordinarily had an iris bed wherever she lived over the years. Her husband was a Navy Chief, so they moved around quite a bit. After her husband's death, Ruth settled here in San Diego and worked for the County Probation Office until her retirement. 

Ruth loved to travel. Her favorite place was Yosemite with many visits, and she always looked forward to attending different iris treks and AIS conventions. She enjoyed seeing old friends and being able to meet the various hybridizers at these events. Of course, she had a special fondness for Salem, Oregon, also known as "iris heaven."

Ruth was active in the San Diego Iris Society and served as Treasurer for several years. She usually participated in the annual iris shows and won Queen of Show and the Lawson Trophy for Best White Tall Beaded Iris in 1995 for 'White Lightning.' In addition, Ruth was awarded the Runde Trophy for Best Pink Iris 'Vision in Pink' in 1993, and the Gorrell Trophy for Best Blue Tall Bearded Iris in 1991 for 'Good Morning America,' in 1997 for 'Blue Luster' and again 1999 for 'Millrace'. 

This photo of Ruth was taken while attending the 1996 Region 15 Fall Meeting held in Las Vegas. We met Brad and Kathy Kasparek for the first time and always enjoyed seeing them again over the years. Bill Maryott, one of our favorite hybridizers, gave the judges training session, so we had a great time.