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January 29, 1935 - September 1, 2006 - Lucien Edward "Ned" Roberts, age 71, died September 1, 2006 in Penrose Hospital. He was born in Carrollton, GA, on January 29, 1935 to Dr. and Mrs. Lucien Emerson Roberts and Ellen Ballard Roberts. While doing his undergraduate work at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM, Mr. Roberts met Betty Tovar, whom he married in 1955. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy and Political Science and a Masters Degree in History and Education. He taught English and History in the Las Vegas Public Schools. In 1961, the Roberts relocated to Albuquerque, and Mr. Roberts taught in the Albuquerque Public Schools before working on his Doctorate at the University of New Mexico. He remained at UNM until he retired in 1988. During his UNM tenure, Mr. Roberts was an Administrator with the Institute of Applied Research Services. Mr. Roberts began hybridizing Hemerocallis (daylilies) in the 1980's. His interest was in developing new forms, and he concentrated his efforts on Spiders and Unusual Form types. He began registering his daylilies in 1994 and registered a total 125 cultivars in a period of twelve years. During this time, Mr. Roberts won a multitude of awards from the American Hemerocallis Society (AHS). His Hemerocallis `Skinwalker', a huge, beautiful pinkish/lavender cascading form, is recognized all over the United States and abroad. It has won Honorable Mention and Award of Merit citations, and in 1994, it won the Harris Olson Spider Award. His flowers have also garnered awards on the show table. H `Skinwalker' and H. Desert Icicle' have won Best Spider and Best Unusual Form in daylily shows in nine regions. Mr. Roberts was co-president of the Colorado Springs Daylily Society. He was an AHS garden judge and instructor and an exhibitions judge and instructor. He has served as a Garden Judge Liaison for Region 6 (New Mexico and Texas) and Region 9 (Alberta, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Saskatchewan, Utah, and Wyoming). As a noted hybridizer, Mr. Roberts has conducted programs, and/or Exhibitions Clinics and Garden Judges Workshops in 13 of the 15 AHS Regions. He recently won the Region 9 Service Award. Mr. Roberts is survived by his wife Betty, twin daughters Ellen Sommers (LaMar Sommers) of Colorado Springs, Betty Alexandria Roberts of Highlands Ranch, grandchildren Allison and Nathan Sommers, and brother Calvin Alexander Roberts (Susan Fleming) of Albuquerque. A Memorial Service is being held on Thursday, September 7, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at Village Seven Presbyterian Church, 4050 Nonchalant Cir. S., Colorado Springs, CO, 80917. A reception will follow in Leonard Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Roberts' name to the American Cancer Society, 1445 N. Union Blvd., Suite B100, Colorado Springs, CO, 80909, or to the AHS Youth Fund. Mail all AHS contributions c/o Jerry Pate Williams, 8497 Wetherfield Lane, Cincinnati, OH, 45236.

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Published in The Gazette on Sep. 6, 2006.
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June 12, 2015
I met the kindest gentleman one day, while strolling through the spider daylilies at Oakes in Knoxville. It was one of Oakes' annual Open House days, when the Hem Society was in town. He noticed my close attention to the spiders and struck up a conversation, and I told him how wild I was for tall spiders and how unhappy I was that hybridization had gone in other directions that did not please me. I saw that I had found a kindred spirit. He was a tall, quiet man with an easy smile, wearing what I'd describe as "field clothing" including his trademark sun hat; and he was in no hurry. I liked him instantly. He introduced himself simply as Ned. I said, "Are you the Ned of 'Easy Ned'?" and he smiled and said yes. We talked for some time about daylilies and I realized he was a breeder; his intelligence and knowledge were obvious; but I was entirely ignorant of the name "Ned Roberts", or of his stature and many accomplishments---or that he was Dr. Ned Roberts. That's the kind of mild, unpretentious man he was. He met people with genuine interest and attention, without promoting himself.

I was a busy housewife and mother who had driven four hours to Knoxville for what I called "my annual daylily pilgrimage". I never did get around to joining the Hem Society as Ned had urged me to; but miraculously, I met him again two years later----same time, same place. Neither of us had been back to Knoxville until then, and we both chose the same day and hour to visit the spider daylily bed. Lucky me. I was so glad to see him again.

I was heartily sorry to hear of Ned's passing. People can't live forever, but we needed a couple more decades of Ned Roberts. I'm sure he touched thousands of lives---in the way that people who are both kind and insightful do. How lucky all of us were who knew him, even if only for a short afternoon.

I greatly appreciate the family photos posted, allowing me to see those who were dearest to Ned. I will always remember him.
Verda Ingle
June 27, 2012
I had a work study job as an assistant to Ned at UNM. Joe, you want he beer, he asked on that hot Spring day in his office at UNM. I wasn't quite trustful of people at the time, and in fact, I also didn't drink any alcohol. But, here stood in front of me this tall, sincere, and the earthiest of a human being that I had ever encountered in a suit and tie. He always made me feel like I "belonged," and that he was not just my boss and mentor, but someone I knew for a long time...that special feeling that only a long and trusted friend can earn through many years. I almost said "no thank you," but I said yes on that hot spring day. I haven't had a beer since that day, and I'll never forget that special moment when I had a beer with one of the earthiest, kindest, and gentlest of a human being. Thanks Ned...for making me feel like I counted, and thanks for some of those old New Mexico stories when you were involved with politics.
Joe Aragon
September 7, 2009
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
ANGELO FRANCESCHI
August 25, 2009
Betty, Ned & I played together in Carrollton in the early 40s. "Ned the Red" was even then a memorable guy! I remember once when we had gone with his mother to the grocery store. Coming home in the car, Eleanor turned around to us in the back seat and admonished Ned, "Now, don't you peel a one of those bananas!" He didn't, but when we got home he had completely eaten one by putting his finger into the hole at the top where it had been attached to the stem and digging out the good part! Our fathers were both on the faculty of West Georgia College, his in history, mine in education. Ned took great pleasure in the fact(?) that one of his ancestors was a horse thief. We played with old confederate money his folks had, and he loved to play Japanese Prison Camp - I was always the prisoner, needless to say!
I saw Ned once years later when my dad stopped to pick up a young hitchhiker. It was Ned Roberts! He was on his way to a basketball game in middle Georgia. What a surprise that was! We took him to Macon, I guess, and I never saw or heard from him again.
I love to remember those early days, playing barefoot in the red clay dust on hot Georgia summer days. Ned, Porter Claxton and I were an inseperable trio. I am sorry that I did not think to Google him sooner. My condolences to you. You must have had a happy life with him, full of surprises and fun.
Sally Folger Thomas
August 25, 2009
Betty, Ned & I played together in Carrollton in the early 40s. "Ned the Red" was even then a memorable guy! I remember once when we had gone with his mother to the grocery store. Coming home in the car, Eleanor turned around to us in the back seat and admonished Ned, "Now, don't you peel a one of those bananas!" He didn't, but when we got home he had completely eaten one by putting his finger into the hole at the top where it had been attached to the stem and digging out the good part! Our fathers were both on the faculty of West Georgia College, his in history, mine in education. Ned took great pleasure in the fact(?) that one of his ancestors was a horse thief. We played with old confederate money his folks had, and he loved to play Japanese Prison Camp - I was always the prisoner, needless to say!
I saw Ned once years later when my dad stopped to pick up a young hitchhiker. It was Ned Roberts! He was on his way to a basketball game in middle Georgia. What a surprise that was! We took him to Macon, I guess, and I never saw or heard from him again.
I love to remember those early days, playing barefoot in the red clay dust on hot Georgia summer days. Ned, Porter Claxton and I were an inseperable trio. I am sorry that I did not think to Google him sooner. My condolences to you. You must have had a happy life with him, full of surprises and fun.
Sally Folger Thomas
July 10, 2008
I did not find this site until today. When I began collecting dayliies 10 years ago, Ned's were the ones I saved for and bought first. Today I have 19 of his cultivars and never fail to bless him as each blooms. He was an extraordinary visonary I regret having never met. My love, gratitude, envy and sympathy are sent to all in his family. God bless everyone of you.
Diana Fair
April 12, 2007
Dear Betty:

I did not know until today about Ned´s passing. I am really sorry. As you know Ned was like a father to me during my scholarship in NM back in the 80s and later on a great help for developping my business in the US in the 90´s. We had a lot of time to talk during our long trips crossing the US and I always spoke about his love to you.

Ned was this kind of person this world needs. I will remember him and I will miss him.

Now I have four children. You will remind about the health problems of the first one. He now is doing perfect thanks God.

Betty, I would like to tell you a lot of things but I will summarize all in one: I will miss Ned.

Take care.

Tomás
Tomas Gonzalez
March 29, 2007
I had not met Ned Roberts but he is famous to all serious day lily lovers for his beautiful and unusual creations. I am very sorry to see him go but he will live forever in our hearts and minds and in the lovely daylilies he made. Betsy
Elizabeth Sergomassov
November 20, 2006
Betty, I hope you will take care of yourself and the Daylilies that You and your husband grew. I just saw one of his web pages and looked at all of them and they are great. I meet you and your husband this past year in Fla. He gave me some suggestions on which spiders to buy and which gardens to go to. I just ordered one of his plants from the Lilyauction this week. His name and plants will go on forever and I'm sure he is with god now. God Bless , Angelo in Virginia . .
Angelo Franceschi
October 19, 2006
Betty,

I guess we didn't know that this was availble to us, so forgive us for not responding sooner. After talking to you today, I feel compelled to write something.

I remember when I first met you and Ned. I was so in awe of all your accomplishments, both as a couple and as individuals, I couldn't see the humanity and friendship you both offered. Since then, I've gotten to know you and know that Ned was a warm and friendly (and especially)knowledgeable person who was willing to share his knowledge and his friendship with everyone. You were blessed to have him for 50 plus years. We wish you a peace which can only come with time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
David and Clare Werking
September 27, 2006
Betty & Family

It always hurts to loose a good friend. Bonnie and I share your pain. You are in our thoughts and prayers. The many times I walked the seedling beds in Florida with Ned, will be missed. His excitement and enthusiasm were infectious, when discovering new spiders and UF's in the seedling patch, and out came the ruler for measuring the segments. His opinions were strong and we didn't always agree, but what fun we had heckling each other. I will truly miss that.

Ned, can you hear me? I want to forgive you, for being the judge that disqualified my entry from the Mile High Daylily show. I was so anxious to entry the first Stamile tet. UF introduction, JOLLY RED GIANT, with two large flowers open, in our show to let people see the direction tet. narrow forms were taking. Ned decided it wasn't the correct entry. He had seen it growing in Florida, and "this wasn't the real JOLLY RED GIANT." I said Ned, have you seen it growing in Colorado? "NO", he said, but I know JOLLY RED GIANT. He eliminated it from the show. Claimed it an imposter.I took digital photos of it and emailed them to Pat Stamile, who identified it as the proper plant. In turn I sent Pat's email reply to Ned. We laughed about it many times. I threatened to report him to the judges committe. Ned, I promise I will no longer use that act to my advantage. I'm truly forgiving you, today.

You will be missed ol buddy, but your memory will live on forever, in your wonderful flowers that all of us will continue to grow. Now if I can just keep ROSEMARY WHITACRE from falling on her face this year.

Your buddy and friend,

Charlie Baker
Denver, Colorado
Charlie Baker
September 23, 2006
Betty and family,

We have lost a true friend, who was a real Southern Gentleman. We are thankful for his friendship, his beautiful daylilies, and his wisdom.
Love to each of you,
Barbara & Bill Lambert
September 15, 2006
My heart is saddened to hear is news. Every time I walk by one of his beautiful flowers in my yard I will remember him and all he has done to make our world a beautiful place to live in. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
Sherri Michael
September 14, 2006
We'd just like to express our sympathy on Betty's loss and to her family. We had just talked with Betty in New York and had all of you in our prayers. God bless all of you.
Jim & Mary Netherton Netherton
September 14, 2006
Dear Betty and Family,
I had the good fortune to get to know Ned over the last few years. His infectious nature tuned me in to Spiders and Unusual Forms even though I was not a fan of those types.
Ned leaves a legacy behind him through his introductions. This way a part of him will always be with us. There is no better gift he could have given his Daylily Friends.
The best thing he taught me was his approach to selling daylilies for our Society Plant Sale. "Fred", he would say, "how many ugly daylilies are there in the 50,000 out there? Not more than a handful, if any. Sell them like they are all beautiful because they really are."
I've learned that lesson and use that approach all the time. It works when folks are having a hard time choosing among varieties to buy.
He was generous with his time, knowledge and expertise.
Best of all, we members of the daylily community will continue to visit with him whenever we're out
in our gardens.
Fred Barmwater
September 13, 2006
Dearest Betty and family;

I never had the pleasure to meet Ned personally but I always looked forward to his posts on our Daylily Spider group. I was thinking about Ned this morning as I was working in the new daylily bed and was missing his 'voice'.

Ned's 'voice' was one I held in high regard. His straight forward manner, his wisdom and his love of daylilies will be remembered always. I learned so much from him.

My deepest condolences to you, your family and to everyone who knew him personally.

His footsteps cannot be filled.
Jodi Horne
September 13, 2006
Ned was a friend to everyone that he met...especially if you were a daylily person. He visited our Lowcountry Daylily Club last year and he was such a joy that we are still talking about his visit. Having lost my husband a year ago to Cancer, I know what a loss you and feeling now and in the weeks and months to come. Your happy memories will keep you going. My prayers are with the Roberts Family in your great loss.
Lib Rentz
September 13, 2006
Ned's spirit lives on through his flowers, his enthusiasm, and through the many lives he touched--even if ever so briefly. We only met once but I felt like I had known him for a long time.
My thoughts and prayers are with Betty and the rest of his family.
MaryAnn Pruden
September 13, 2006
Betty,

I am so glad that I got the chance to meet you this year at National. I, like many others, had asked you to say hello to Ned when you got home and to give him our encouragement. Although we had never met before, you were so warm and friendly, it was as though we were long time friends. We had met Ned at the national in Charlotte. He took the time to show my wife and I each of his gorgeous flowers and to explain how he got those results. It was that day that I fell in love with spiders and UFs and in a way, your family. I have been collecting as many of Ned's plants as I can get my hands on ever since. I still don't have many, but I am still trying to collect the beauty that he gave us all. Not only did Ned have a fantastic eye for daylilies, he had excellent choice in choosing his life mate, you are such a wonderful person. I just wanted you to know that in so very many ways Ned will be with all of us forever. There is a bit of him in every garden that has just one of his creations. I hope that in some small way that all of our words of remembrance and condolence can bring you some measure of peace and comfort. Not only did Ned give us many gorgeous flowers to share with each other, he obviously gave many pieces of his heart away to hundreds and hundreds of people.

God bless you, you will be in our prayers,

Duane and Debbie Hurlbert
Howard OH

PS. We have posted a photo of H.Skinwalker in memory of Ned on this photo album. We took it at the 2006 National in Ramsdens garden.
Duane Hurlbert
September 13, 2006
Betty,

I am so glad that I got the chance to meet you this year at National. I, like many others, had asked you to say hello to Ned when you got home and to give him our encouragement. Although we had never met before, you were so warm and friendly, it was as though we were long time friends. We had met Ned at the national in Charlotte. He took the time to show my wife and I each of his gorgeous flowers and to explain how he got those results. It was that day that I fell in love with spiders and UFs and in a way, your family. I have been collecting as many of Ned's plants as I can get my hands on ever since. I still don't have many, but I am still trying to collect the beauty that he gave us all. Not only did Ned have a fantastic eye for daylilies, he had excellent choice in choosing his life mate, you are such a wonderful person. I just wanted you to know that in so very many ways Ned will be with all of us forever. There is a bit of him in every garden that has just one of his creations. I hope that in some small way that all of our words of remembrance and condolence can bring you some measure of peace and comfort. Not only did Ned give us many gorgeous flowers to share with each other, he obviously gave many pieces of his heart away to hundreds and hundreds of people.

God bless you, you will be in our prayers,

Duane and Debbie Hurlbert
Howard OH
Duane Hurlbert
September 13, 2006
Ned Roberts leaves a legacy of knowledge, innovation, encouragement and vision. He'll be greatly missed.
Joann Stewart
September 13, 2006
Dear Betty and family,

Please accept deepest and most heartfelt condolences on the loss of the unique and complex individual who was Ned Roberts. Although our grief cannot possibly match that of you and your family, Ned certainly left his footprints on all of our hearts and will be sorely missed by all of us who love daylilies. Thank goodness his beautiful creations will live on and grace many gardens for years to come. Ned would be pleased with that, don't you think?

I will always remember the sight of Ned "holding court" at the "Ned Bed" in Becky Adams garden at the 2003 National Convention. He was truly in his element and revelled in the pleasure that others took from viewing his lovely daylilies.

How lucky we were that such a talented and creative individual became interested in hybridizing daylilies and that he shared them with all of us.
Julie Covington
September 13, 2006
Tears streamed down my face as I read the message from Kevin Walek about the passing of Ned Roberts. I knew he had been battling cancer for the last year and a half, but had the "all clear" sign from the first round of treatments. Sadly, last May, Betty told me that some more of the big C had popped up, and that Ned was going back into chemo.

I first met Ned in 1995 at the Knoxville convention, where he and Betty were captains for the bus I was on. Incredibly, they were also captains for my bus the following year. I always enjoyed talking to Ned and Betty at the conventions I've attended since my first ones. In 2000, our local Willamette Valley Daylily Club invited Ned to speak at our April meeting. He not only gave a presentation of his work, but he also taught a Garden Judges workshop I, and brought a generous quantity of his plants for our club. Because a GJ workshop II didn't work out in April, Ned scheduled another visit to our region that year, this time in the Fall with the Columbia River Club. What a guy!

Ned was scheduled to be the guest speaker at our Region 8 meeting last summer (2005), but his first set of treatments interfered with his plans. Dan Hansen covered for him, and showed some of the exciting seedlings Ned had produced.

Since 2000, I've grown many of Ned's spiders and UFs, and must credit him in sparking my interest in these daylily forms. His introductions always seemed to be the model by which UFs and spiders should be judged. I've enjoyed them immensely. Now their hybridizer is gone, but far from forgotten.

I'll miss Ned, and I send Betty my wishes for comfort in this sad time.
Patricia Loveland
September 13, 2006
Our first knowledge of Ned was at National in Denver. We really got to know him later at MWS where he borrowed our computer to send emails to a friend that he really cared about. What a priviledge to know Ned and Betty down through this past 10 or so years.
Ned 'holding court' at the Deltona Inn at Mecca was a real treat. He always had the fridge covered with blooms and the door was always open for people to come in his room and share his daylilies and comments.

We will miss him.

God Bless Betty and the family.

Allen & Carolyn McLain
Allen McLain
September 13, 2006
I never had the pleasure of meeting Ned in person. I do grow some of his beauties, and thrilled at seeing many of them bloom for the first time this year. I am grateful for all the tributes that others have shared here and on the
robin - for they gave me a glimpse into the life of Ned Roberts. My condolences to Betty and family for their loss, realizing that it is my loss as well. I will remember Ned and be grateful for his contributions every time I see one of his spiders bloom.
Cecilia Broady
September 12, 2006
Dear Betty and family,

How sorry I was when your call came through about your beloved husband Ned. He was my dear friend for many years fortunately. Sophia and I share in you and your family's great loss..........wish we could be there with you at this time. I have lost my daylily buddy and am greatly saddened, and I know there are many others who feel the same way. I will miss our emails, phone calls, and those visits. The daylily world has lost one of it's greatest mentors and astute hybridizers. I am so thankful to God that I was able to visit with he and you again last January in Colorado Springs. We had such a great time that day with our daylily talks and experiences.

I think Ned has been one of the greatest contributors to the development of definitive spiders and unusual forms, not only in the spectacular daylilies he has introduced, but as a mentor for so many of the folks who are members of AHS, this robin, and other robins as well. Ned was so generous in sharing information and helping, as well as encouraging others in their hybridizing efforts. He was honest and frank in judgments of daylilies and interpretation of definitions. It is my hope that that his very special exemplary leadership, intellectual integrity, honesty, and frankness will have been absorbed by all of us so that we too can continue his fine work and be an inspiration to others as he was to us.

Over 15 years ago, Ned began to grow some of my things, and in one email, he said something about "some of his hopes were in my intros" leading to what we now call Unusual Forms. I will cherish the letter he wrote to me from Albuquerque regarding LOLA BRANHAM for the rest of my days. That letter, as I told you both when I visited you the first time, meant more to me than any possible award I could achieve. At that time he told me LOLA BRANHAM was the singularly most beautiful daylily he had in his Albuquerque garden. That kind praise to this novice hybridizer gave me great encouragement. As the years passed though, it was I who began to use his creations more and more in my own hybridizing programs. Then one day, I was able to tell Ned that SKINWALKER was the singularly most beautiful and awesome flower growing in my garden. The one foot blossoms were awesome and when it polytepaled at one foot, it simply took one's breath away. Many others have begun to hybridize with Ned's creations too, and as time goes by, you and your family will see more and more results from the brilliant heritage Ned has left all of us. These results will grow and grow because of his guidance to others and in all the future progeny produced from his fine and unique daylilies.

Throughout the years, from way back to the beginning of our friendship, I have saved Ned's emails to me and those that came through by way of the robins. Many of these contain info on the parentage of Ned's many spectacular introductions. I remember when I got TALON, he told me to use it with many of my own things. I have, and realize what a great hybridizing tool this one plant is....and this is just one out of so many of his daylilies, so valuable and fine for their genetic material useable by other hybridizers. I don't know that many realize how unique many of Ned's intros were, i.e., the marvelous late blooming PURPLE CORNDANCER, a reverse bitone with a darker etched eyezone, and quilled ringlet sepals. Had Ned lived longer, he would have produced an even larger number of kaleidoscopic daylilies in even more fantastic shapes and colors.

Ned was not just a great daylily person...............he was a dear friend and confidante. He was also a great listener. One of the beautiful things about Ned was his humility in regard to all his own marvelous introductions which he made available to the daylily world. He wanted all of us to be able to produce better and better plants in unusual forms and spider types, and was totally unselfish in sharing whatever information he could give to help others.

Please know that Sophia and I will remember he, you, and your family in our prayers. God's Blessings on all of you. May He keep you in the Palm of His Hand at this difficult and sad time.

Much love dear friend,

Sophia and Clayton
Clayton & Sophia Burkey
September 12, 2006
Ned's work in the daylily community will always be remembered. I only met him once and will never forget the passion he displayed when talking about his daylilies. It's a wonderful thing in the world to leave it more beautiful than when you arrived; that is what Ned did. Deepest sympathy to his family.
Carol Trego
September 12, 2006
Dear All,

I really don't know what to say. Ned's passing has filled me with such a longing for one last post from him! I always looked forward to reading anything that he wrote as he was so informative and generous in sharing his knowledge with the spider robin. Although I didn't know him except through the robin, I have had the pleasure of spending a few precious moments with Betty. She could be described as the same sort of generous soul as Ned, and I am feeling such sadness that you all have to experience such an awful loss.

To show you how much I love Ned's daylilies, the only modern cultivar in my garden that I've kept two clumps of is his 'Taco Twister'!

My prayers go out to you and to all of our daylily community. We will really miss Ned.
Christine Petersen
September 12, 2006
Betty and Family - I am so sorry for your loss. Though I only knew Ned for a short while, I learned much from him. He generously shared pollen with me one year. I will miss chatting with him and sharing in his sense of humor while in Dan's garden on my visits to Florida. He always gave me a great tour of his seedling beds, showing me the finer points of his "keepers".
Mary Stokes
September 12, 2006
It was only last week that I got an email from Ned thanking me for some information on one of his daylilies. He liked getting feedback from people all over the country letting him know how his plants did in their area. For the last several years I've been heavily using Ned's flowers in my hybridizing efforts. He was so helpful in giving information about results he had gotten using different parents. Ned will be sorely missed on this Robin and in the Daylily world. He was our crusader for recognition and inclusion of the flower forms he loved so much, Spiders and UFo's. Thanks for sharing him with us, Betty.
Pat Cochenour
Reston, Va.
Pat Cochenour
September 12, 2006
Regrettably, I never got to meet Ned. I started collecting his introductions last year and really admire his work. I've enjoyed reading his post, he seem like a terrific person, offering lots of encouragement and advise. I purchased Rosemary Whitacre and Talon this summer because he recommended them so highly. Ned will always live in my gardens through his beautiful blooms and through the offspring I hope to have from them.

My deepest sympathies to Betty and all of his family and friends.
Vicki Webb
September 12, 2006
Ned,
We will miss you. It'll never be the same........ we shared some raucous times.
Paul
Paul Limmer
September 12, 2006
I knew Ned only by reputation and an e-mail or two, but because of our association I've also thought of him as a friend. News of his passing has been on my mind, and this morning I composed a few lines as an expression of my feeling.

Passing By

They go, passing by, the dear ones and those well-spoken of,
Family, friend, sage, humorist, love,
All of those and more.
They go and we imagine being there with the husband, wife,
Cradling the dying one as we have cradled the child within the child,
Cradling all, hugging, nurturing life
In grief, in that wild
Wilderness of loss, the outpour
Of pity for what the lost one lost,
The sweetness of living, the hope, the smile,
The bon mot, the unexpected sentiment,
The early Valentine, the glance,
They all gained meaning that went
Away with a breath, while
We who remain remember, list,
Lean on a friend, smell
Flowers differently, dance
No more for a while.
Michael Bouman
September 12, 2006
I’d like to offer my heart felt condolences to you all.

Ned Roberts has truely touched many lives, including those of many of us who never had the pleasure of meeting him.

I am lucky to have a 15 year old son, (Joey), that shares my interest in hybridizing and growing Daylilies. Recently we recieved the "Lady Bug Daylilies" catalog and as we were looking and "dreaming", the one's my son consistently choose to add to his wanted list, were Ned Roberts cultivars.

We laughed together every time we looked at the description of one he liked and saw that the hybridizer was again and again "Ned Roberts".

I know that the Roberts, are very interested and active in working with and encouraging the youth group. Maybe knowing that Ned will be enfluencing my son for years to come will lighten your heart just a tiny bit.

Our sincere condolences,

Kathy Rinke
Kathy Rinke
September 12, 2006
Dear Betty and Family,

I’d like to offer my heart felt condolences to you all. I, like many others, knew Ned only through Daylilies. His fearless effort on behalf of Spiders and Unusual Forms is a legacy that will not be forgotten. His late start in hybridizing was an inspiration for those, like myself, who also began dabbing pollen in our more mature years. I am thankful to have known him, for however brief a time.
Nancy Oakes
September 11, 2006
Betty - I will always remember the joyous week-end we had when you and Ned were in Meridian several years ago as guest speaker at our local club meeting. I think Ned really enjoyed becoming a 'good old country boy' again at the fish fry at my church on Saturday night. Love and Sympathy and may God bless you in your hour of sorrow.
Doyle Pierce
September 11, 2006
Javier and I wish to offer our condolences for your loss. Mr. Roberts will be greatly missed by many people, which is a tribute to the kind of man he was. He has a wonderful living legacy in his family. Our prayers are and will continue to be with you all!
LAURENE GONZALES
September 10, 2006
so sorry to hear of your loss . . . ned must have been quite a man considering all the notes and loving comments. i know he will be missed by so many, especially his family. i am a long-time friend of betty roberts. may God grant you the grace and peace to continue on.
kenn king
September 10, 2006
With appreciation for Mr. Roberts' hybrids, for I smile each morning with the opening of his blossoms. He is now walking with God, enjoying His gardens.
Suzanne Eck
September 10, 2006
We are so sorry to hear of this great loss. You will all be in our prayers, as you have been throughout your dad's illness.
We love you,
Bryan and Amelia Hardman
Bryan and Amelia Hardman
September 10, 2006
Dear Betty and Children,

Ned was truly one of a kind. He was a kind and generous person who shared his knowledge, his plants, his friendship, and his good humor with all of us. He encouraged and mentored so many of us. I don't think I would have my H. 'Ashee Dashee' if not for Ned. He advised using Lambert's plants and I got AD from H. 'Asterisk' and I'm pretty sure from H. 'Skinwalker'. He leaves a legacy that few of us will ever match. I'll always grow his plants. Our hearts go out to all in the Roberts family and to all who have lost a great hybridizer and friend.
Dianne and Gus Taylor
September 9, 2006
Dear Betty and Family,

Our condolences go out to you on your loss. We have been fans of spiders, especially Ned's, for quite some time now and were fortunate to meet Ned while in mecca in 2004. We had several opportunities to talk with him both in the gardens and at the motel. His friendliness and willingness to discuss his beloved flowers with beginners such as we were was much appreciated. We will miss his posts on the web and even more the flowers he had yet to bring us.
Lois and Herb Tufts
September 9, 2006
It has been a great pleasure to be part of Ned's daylily world. He has been an inspiration to all of us in the Colorado Springs Daylily group which he and Betty have kept alive. I feel privilegded to have many of his lovely seedlings in my garden. I will be thinking of him as they start to bloom next summer. His generosity and sharing was very important to me. Thank you, Ned.
Judi Arndt
September 9, 2006
H. Skinwalker
September 9, 2006
Ned was our friend. He stayed in our home several times. I will never forget the 3 summers ago we made spider crosses together. Betty, to you and your family, we are thinking of you.
Christie & Ronnie Dixon
September 9, 2006
Ned was a very special man with special gifts. His voice has been stilled, but his daylilies will always remind us of the wonderful person he was. He has left this world better than he found it.

It is with a heavy heart that I add my condolences to you, Betty, and to his beloved children and grandchildren.
Patti Waterman
September 9, 2006
Ned, we never met, but I will always treasure your emails to the spider robin, particularly those in which you addressed something I had said. I'm proud and very pleased to have many of your great plants here in our garden. What troubles me is not so much your loss of life, but life's loss of you. I will miss you, but I'm guessing we will actually meet some day in the daylily fields of the future. Auf Wiedersehen!

John
John Stahl
September 9, 2006
Our sincerest condolences go to Betty and the Roberts' family. Ned's legacy was his perserverance and belief in everything he did.....and his daylilies will forever remind us who the man, Ned Roberts, truly was.
Carl & Alison Schettini
September 8, 2006
Betty and family. Sorry for your great loss. I met Ned a few times
here and Flo. What a delightful
man he was. He will akways be in my
heart. Linda Bonello Oceanside Calif.
Linda Bonello
September 8, 2006
My condolances to the Roberts family. I did not know Ned well but met him at several Valdosta daylily club meetings and he was also a generous and humorous speaker for our club. I also grow several of his flowers and enjoy them a great deal. I know that Ned's family will miss him the most, but the daylily community will also miss Ned.
Clay Smith
September 8, 2006
I was fortunate to hear Ned speak about his wonderful spiders and UFs while at the Cleveland Symposium several years ago. His daylilies add so much delight to gardens everywhere! What a legacy he left for all of us to treasure. We will miss him. Betty, my heartfelt condolences go to you and your family at this sorrowful time.
Kathy Lamb
September 8, 2006
I feel privileged to have known Ned. He indeed was an interesting person. He has left his mark on the daylily world in a big way and will live on through his flowers.
Bobbie B
September 8, 2006
Ned Roberts will always be remembered in our hearts. He will always be with us in our gardens as well. Miss Betty you and your family will be in our prayers. God Bless.
Henry & Lisa Little
Henry Little
September 8, 2006
awwww, betty. i'm so sorry for your loss!! he will be sorely missed!! i met ned personally, 2 years ago. we talked and talked. he showed me pictures of some of his seedlings. i dearly appreciated his vast knowledge on spiders/ufs!!! to me, he was a mentor and guide (even though i'm not hybridizing in spiders). i gained so much while talking with ned! he was such a joy to converse with! may God guide you and be with you, in your time of need and always!
sara knackstedt
September 7, 2006
A few years ago, Peter and I met Ned while attending a regional in Denver, Colorado. I remember a warm and charming man with a spirited personality.

He and his wife made us feel right at home. He introduced us to the "world of spider form daylilies". He took time to explain his program and point out characteristics he strived for. From that visit, we were smitten with the "spider" form of daylilies.

We will always be grateful for the knowledge Ned freely shared.

Our utmost condolences to Betty and his family.

May God bless and keep you.
Kathy & Peter Homsey
September 7, 2006
Ned's Legacy will live on forever VIA his flowers.
Was WAY ahead of his time for form,
and never lost sight of the basics
like bud count, vigor, branching, etc. He will be missed.
John Mason
John Mason
September 7, 2006
I met Ned a few years ago when he addressed our local daylily club. I had read his many notes to the robin, and was delighted to find that his sense of humor was even sharper in person. He shared his knowledge and expertise, as well as his beautiful hybrids with all of us. He will live in our gardens, as well as our minds, always.
Rosemary Staba
September 7, 2006
Every year I've had a chance to spend time with Ned at the Deltona Inn in Enterprise Florida. It will never be the same with his passing. His devotion to the daylilies has been an inspiration to so many of us. He even convinced me that Spiders were truly worth the effort.
He will be greatly missed.
Bill Maryott
September 7, 2006
May you always stay one step ahead of the 'Skinwalker' and make sure you show 'Iktomi' who is really the big boss spider. Without the help of Ned's creations I would have never registered my first daylily with the AHS. Memories are God's gift that even death cannot erase. Thanks for the memories.

Sharon Fitzpatrick
Canal Winchester, Oh
Sharon Fitzpatrick
September 7, 2006
I never met Ned Roberts, personally. However, I did correspond with him online. I know we, who love daylilies, will miss him so very much on the robin and on the auction, and as a presence in our lives. You have enhanced our lives, Ned. I send sincere sympathy to all of your loved ones at this very sad time.
Marie Stuart
September 7, 2006
Ned, Truly one who stood for what he believed. His love of the daylily was displayed by his many intros. I'm proud to grow many of his. Your contribution will be for all time.
Ralph & Jane Carson
September 7, 2006
To one of my best friends......
I'm going to miss you...

Kem
Dr. Kemberly Roberts
September 7, 2006
Few people leave as tangible and beautiful a legacy as Ned Roberts.
I am grateful I had the opportunity to met him. His flowers will always be in my garden.
Mary English
September 7, 2006
Ned's post to the spider robin will
be dearly missed.
May God and memories comfort you
through this time of grief.
vikki mick
September 7, 2006
I will always remember Ned for his passion for daylilies, spiders in particular; his tremendous knowlege of spiders, traits, & parentage. He was so open and willing to pass his knowlege on to others. Every time I look at his intros growing in my garden I will rememger him and feel his passion.
I know his legacy in daylilies will endure. God bless you and your family. Phyllis
Phyllis Cantini
September 7, 2006
At a National Convention of AHS, we found some stunning spider daylilies in a display garden. Later we learned several were hybridized by Ned Roberts. Unfortunately, he was one of the great ones we never had the pleasure of meeting, but we do know some of his introductions. His hybridizing insightful, intuitive and produced some absolutely beautiful flowers. He is missed and from what I hear from friends, an absolute gentleman. Our sincerest condolences to Betty and his family.
Norman Baker
September 7, 2006
Ned's contributions to the daylily gardens will endure and thrive on in gardens around the world. He has left his mark on our gardens with his beautiful contributions. He will be missed.
My sincere condolences to his family.
Glenn Pollock
September 7, 2006
What a grand friend we've lost! But what a legacy he has left for us to see every year! I did not spend much time with Ned and he still impressed me mightily. Thank you, Betty, for helping him share himself with us.
Terri Jones
September 7, 2006
Although we met at many daylily events, my special memories of Ned are of all those mornings at conventions when I would stagger downstairs around 4:30 a.m., eyes half open, coffee cup in hand, to find Ned in the lobby already wide awake and raring to go. I learned so much from those early morning talks. Can't call them discussions because there was not much that I could tell Ned.

Ned never spoke of his personal life or feelings, but never held back on any daylily knowledge he could share. His impeccable memory helped him to respond in detail to any question about daylilies, daylily people and the AHS. His zest for life was a challenge to all of us. Even through his last illness, his e-mails always carried that positive outlook.

Ned earned every single word of acclaim and respect that is being expressed here by his own efforts, not through any advertising or promotion by others. We all felt that he sincerely cared about each of us and about our mutual interest in the advancement of daylilies. Through the wonderful daylilies he has created we will be able to feel that the essence of Ned is still with us. He was a good man.

Betty, I'm so sorry that I could not make travel arrangements that would permit me to join you in your celebration of Ned's life at today's Memorial Service. May God bless you and the rest of Ned's family.
Betty Jean Crichton
September 7, 2006
i'm new in the daylily community. but my prayers are with the family at this time of sorrow. Ned was a great man and will be missed.
tina KUhlmann
September 6, 2006
Dear Betty,

I am so sorry for the loss of your # 1 fan. Ned, as you know, loved you very much! Unfortunately, I've only known Ned through email for about one year. We conversed on everything from Colin Powell to daylilies to the Iraq War. It seems he and I shared similar viewpoints in politics and our favorite flower. He is one of the father's of Unusual Forms and Spider Daylilies. I, as everyone else, will miss him very much. Sincerely,
Lisa Bourret
September 6, 2006
Betty,You and Ned touched our hearts with your warm personalities, and caring ways.Ned's candle was snuffed out much too soon. The daylily world is a poorer place for his passing.
Mary Lou Lundblade
September 6, 2006
Betty,
I remember the first time I met Ned. It was shortly after I had become a member of the daylily society. I had gone to the Springs Daylily sale and Ned was running the table. As soon as he began talking his passion for the flower was infectious, his knowledge was endless. Over the years my respect for Ned has deepened... what a talent. He will be missed by many.

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you and yours.
Lisa Chambers
September 6, 2006
I first met Ned at the 1996 Denver national. He was flashing an 8x10 of Lavender Handlebars. I gasped when I saw it. I've visited with him elsewhere--in Chatanooga in particular. Ned loved to talk daylilies with anyone who would talk with him. It was always interesting and informative. Ned loved spider daylilies, but I think he loved people more. I'm sorry he has left us, but he left us with wonderful daylilies and memories. Whenever he wrote to the spider robin, it was obvious to me that he felt no reluctance to share his knowledge and his opinions--both of which were considerable.
My condolences to Ned's family.
Gail Korn
September 6, 2006
Betty, Ned has left his mark on the daylily community. He will not be forgotten.
Ed & Lenna Easter
September 6, 2006
I never met Ned, but feel as I have lost a friend thru his postings on our website. I can see his personality in some of the flowers that he loved so much. Bless you, Ned.
Debby Bingham
September 6, 2006
Betty,

I only met Ned once, when he came to NJ to speak. It was obvious he was once a teacher as he knew how to keep the interest of the audience with funny stories and anecdotes. He was warm as well as witty.
I don't grow dips except for one...SKINWALKER...I bet on it in a NJ auction simply because I think its beauty cannot be improved so I don't worry about its ploidy.
I will miss his enjoyable, intelligent posts to the spider Robin. Like his Introductions, Ned was an original.
Richard William Haynes
September 6, 2006
Betty,
Ned was so sharing in his knowledge of daylilies and I will always be
grateful. My heartfelt sympathies to you and the family. Pat Cochenour
Pat Cochenour
September 6, 2006
Betty, Ned was the most genuine person I have ever known. What a wonderful contribution to daylilies he made. We are all so proud of him. We will never forget him since we will see his flowers blooming in our gardens we will see him.
Elaine Alito
September 6, 2006
Dear Betty and Family,

My deepest condolences at your loss. Your generosity over the years of sharing Ned with all of us is greatly appreciated. He is a treasure that will live in all his flowers and all our hearts.

God bless you all.
Pat Wessling
September 6, 2006
Betty, you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. You know how much I enjoyed chatting wtih Ned about spiders at the many conventions we all attended. He will be sorely missed as he has been a great champion of spiders and unusal forms, and most generous with his wealth of knowledge. My best wishes to your family as well.
Mary Collier Fisher
September 6, 2006
I am the "owner" of the mentioned Spider Daylily Group. Everything I can think of about Ned is good. He was one of the leading hybridizers of the Spider Daylily form, and he was a regular contributor to the group, even when his health was failing.
I am very saddened by Ned's passing, and he will always be missed. A member of the Spider Robin, Shannan Read of England, is creating a Tribute to Ned website at
http://daylily.shannan.f-m.fm/Ned.h
tml
Mark Cook
September 6, 2006
I was sorry to hear about Mr. Roberts passing. My condolences to his family.
Molly Denza
September 6, 2006
Bob and I send our deepest sympathy to Betty and her family. The world lost a fine man with Ned’s passing.

I first met Ned in Ra Hansen’s garden at the very first “Mecca Trek.” Ned was showing off photos of his spider daylilies to anyone who’d look, and bending the ear of anyone who’d listen. At the time, I didn’t know anything at all about the narrow forms, and dutifully nodded approval at each picture (which looked very much like the previous one!) But as time went on, I began to see the loveliness of the spidery ones, and at a Can-Am, decided to purchase some of Ned’s beauties. They’ve thrived in our zone 4 garden, and I’ve been pleased to share them with others. Although I will miss Ned’s passion for his flowers and his wry sense of humor, I know his legacy will carry on for generations to come, and his spirit will always be with us.
Melanie Mason
September 6, 2006
With deepest sympathy...
Robert & Sandra Turley
September 6, 2006
Dear Ned,
You were really on my mind Friday morning. I called Betty to ask about you. I told her to give you a big hug for me. I somehow sensed that it wouldn't be long and you left us that night.

I never really told you how special I thought you were. I feel blessed to have had you as a daylily friend for the last 20 years. I plan to collect all of your daylily introductions. As you know, I'm off to a good start.

I won't say goodbye because a part of you will be there every time I walk in my garden.

Con lagrimas de mi corazon,
Karen
Karen Schultz
September 6, 2006
I'm new in daylilies. I didn't know Ned but I love his daylilies.
John Price
September 6, 2006
Dear Betty and Family-

I had the privilege of speaking with Ned on several occasions but have only been introduced to you. Your posts to the Email Robins throughout Ned's illness have helped me to know you too.

His daylily family has lost the person who remains the King of Spiders. However, he left us very special gifts in his flowers and in his work with AHS. In so many ways, he was a remarkable ambassador to the world.

As time passes and you return to life’s routine, please remember that you and Ned remain in my thoughts.
Diane Pruden
September 6, 2006
Hi Betty, It has been a great pleasure knowing you and Ned. I was so sorry to hear the news from you when you called. Some of Ned's daylilies grace the Harris Olson Memorial Garden here at the Historic DAYLiLY Garden which you saw in 2002 when both of you were here. Sincerely, LaVere
LaVere Webster
September 6, 2006
Ned inspired and mentored so many of us in the daylily world. The beauty of his flowers will forever be a tribute to this wonderful man with such a kind and generous soul. Although at peace, I'm sure he's not resting - but busy creating more beauty in heaven.
Gail Cormier
September 6, 2006
I'll never forget meeting Ned when he spoke at our club meeting in Albany, GA, several years ago. He will be sorely missed. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family and multitude of friends and fans. We miss you, Ned.
Kaye Fearneyhough
September 6, 2006
We met Ned in Florida in 2001 during our first visit to mecca. He was the only one, in the entire week we were there, who asked us who we were, where we were from and what we did for a living. To me, that represents a thoughtful man with a true interest and respect for people. It was a pleasure to know him. The world has lost a fine man. My hope is that the wonderful memories others share with Betty and their daughters will give them much comfort.
Cheryl Taylor
September 6, 2006
Betty,

Although I did not know Ned personally I did know him through his participation in the AHS E-mail Robin and the Spider Daylily Discussion Group where he so freely gave of his knowledge about breeding our favorite daylily form,

I shall miss his unusual sense of humor, his guidance and most of all his passion for the SP/UF Daylilies.

I widh you and the family Peace beyond all understanding.

Go with God, Ned and enjoy your rewards in Heaven,


Sincerely,
Rebecca Blubaugh-Brown
September 6, 2006
Ned was a true friend of daylily gardeners everywhere. His spirit will live on in his beautiful flowers that grace our gardens.
Robin Calderon
September 6, 2006
Don't know exactly what to say. Ned was always a perfect gentleman in all my dealings with him. Only Met him in person twice but he left a lasting impression on me as a gentle, intellegent and kind man. The daylily world will miss him. We have his beautiful Cultivars to honor his memory. Aloha Ned!
Mike longo
September 6, 2006
Dear Betty,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss. Ned will always be around us and thought of and remembered because of who he was and the wonderful flowers he created. We are the ones who helped shade your photos at Paul Limmers at National with the white umbrellas. We will be thinking of you.
Duane and Debbie Hurlbert
September 6, 2006
Although I had never met Ned in person, I knew of him and saw some of his seedlings at Dan Hansen's place during the Spring Regional of last year. I learned it was Ned doing the crosses that produced the flower I was looking at.
Ned, you will be greatly misssed by your friends.
Julia Mason
September 6, 2006
Ned's enthusiasm encouraged many of us to start hybridizing for the UFO/spider form. We used to tease him about his unrelenting promotion of Talon....but he was right. Hopefully Patrick Stamile's suggestion of a mentorship award in Ned's name will come to fruition. I always looked for and read the "Iktomi" e-mail tag. My heartfelt sympathy. Karin Jonasson
karin Jonasson
September 6, 2006
My sincere sympathy to Betty and her family. Ned was a mentor and giant in the Spider World of daylilies. He will be missed.
Don Herr
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