Amelie Blyth (1924 - 2012)

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Amelie Compton


April 2, 1924 -

September 11, 2012

Dr. Amelie C. Blyth, 88, passed peacefully in her sleep, September 11, 2012.

Amelie was born in Decatur, IL. She was the daughter of Aimee Shelton Burr Blyth and Arthur John Blyth. Amelie spent most of her childhood in Mobile, AL and many summers on the family farm in Bement, IL. She attended Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women and Ohio State and received her B.S. in Botany. She continued her education at UC Davis, where she received her M.S. and PhD. Meme taught as an associate professor of biology at UNC-Wilmington and at Auburn.

Meme relocated to Navarre in 1965. Ever the naturalist, Meme took a keen interest in the local vegetation and was co-author of the book "Gulf Islands Wildflowers and Barrier Island Plants". Meme worked with the U.S. Park Service, Audubon Society and the Nature Conservancy and was instrumental in working for the preservation of land on Pensacola and Navarre Beach for future generations. In 1995, she received a Sierra Club Panther award for her conservation work in N.W. Florida.

Aunt Meme was preceded in death by her brother, Randolph C. Blyth and sister-in-law, Mary Jean Pelkey Blyth.

Although she never married, she is survived by her niece, Sally Sullivan (Pat) of Pensacola, FL; nephews, Peter Blyth (Donna) of Valrico, FL, John Blyth (Katherine) of Tallahassee, FL, David Blyth (Melinda) of Lafayette, CO; her cousin, Peter Brown (Rita) of Fountain Hills, AZ.

In 2006, Meme became a resident of Creekside Senior Living and the family would like to thank the staff for their devoted and loving care. A private burial will be held in Bement, IL at a later date.

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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Sept. 16, 2012
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