AHS Region 2/Great Lakes Newsletter
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Our Daylily World Remembers Howard Hite
began sharing the home after his wife, Eleanor Hite, died
five years ago. His son, Donald Hite, also lived with him
By Diana Dillaber Murray, of the Oakland Press, Michigan
in more recent years and helped to care for Mr. Hite.  He
Founder of Hite Photo Company also was known
was my father, he was my friend and he was my rock that
nationally for daylilies. Howard Hite, a Sylvan Lake
was always there,  Gloria Hite said.
resident., died Tuesday, January 21, 2003, of congestive
Now vice president of the Southern Michigan
heart failure in Florida, just days short of his 99th birthday.
Hemerocallis Society of daylily growers and hybridizers,
Mr. Hite was wintering with his daughter in Treasure
Gloria Hite plans to stay involved in her father's work.
Island when he became ill and died at a nursing home in
 I'd like to see his dream of a blue daylily turn up one of
St. Petersburg.
these days. 
The Detroit based photography company he started grew
to include branches throughout the metropolitan area. It
Mr. Hite registered his last daylily just last week. It was
was the first in the state to offer overnight photo
named C
HRISTINE
 W
ALSER
 H
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 after his mother.
developing. Mr. Hite retired in 1987 after 60 years in the
A memorial service for friends in Oakland County will be
business.
held later this year.
Retirement gave him more time for his daylily hobby, for
In addition to his son and daughter, Mr. Hite also is
which he was known around the country as an expert. Mr.
survived by seven grandchildren and 13 great 
Hite created dozens of new varieties of the colorful flower.
grandchildren.
 Every morning, I go out in the garden and look and see
what is blooming,  Hite said in an August interview with
xy
The Oakland Press. His daughter, Gloria Hite, who shared
a home with him, pushed him in his wheelchair each day
Note: The editor is grateful to our Region 2 member Roy
to see the new varieties.
Woodhall who shared this information with the AHS E 
His goals were to grow a blue daylily and to live to be 100
mail Robins. This January 24, 2003, obituary is reprinted
years old.  If he could have lived to be 100, that would
here with the permission of Diana Dillaber Murray, of the
have been wonderful,  Gloria Hite said, but I am just so
Oakland Press, Michigan, and its Special Sections and
Media Editors )
glad I had the time I had with him.  He and his daughter
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hank you to all of you who donated
plants, drawings, and books to the Region
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2 Symposium auction, and big thank yous
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and other items:
February 2003
We appreciate your support!
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hank You for Donating Funds so Generously to the Region 2 Newsletter
Carol Mae Hoover
The Wisconsin Daylily Society in memory of
J.Paul Downie
Dave Butcher
Elaine McLean
The Wisconsin Daylily Society
Robert and Ann Waite
The Metropolitan Columbus Daylily Society
Thomas Nothaft
Southwestern Illinois Hemerocallis Society in memory
Bette Thomsen
of Mrs. Pat Vonnahmen
Nancy Mikolowski
Jerry P. and Pamela Williams of Cincinnati, Ohio
Lu and Orville Dickhaut
Daylily Society of Southeast Wisconsin
Bay Area Daylily Buds
AHS Convention 2002 Southern Michigan
Indiana Daylily Society
HS (proceeds from Leo Sharp's  chances  for
Chicagoland Daylily Society
donated BROOKWOOD cultivars sold in the AHS
Convention 2002 Boutique)
Note: This listing reflects those donations received December 1, 2001, through March 1, 2003.
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