Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

Elizabeth Terwilliger -

Elizabeth Terwilliger, or Mrs. T, as she was known by Bay area kids and adults, has died at the age of  97.   She was born in 1909.  Imagine that!

She was instrumental in starting nature programs and field trips for kids that took place in Marin.  I became a Terwilliger nature guide when Chris was five, and now, he is 29.   Some of the guides learned from her as children and came back to study with her as adults.  She led field trips and nature hikes for children for 50 years.  She was dynamic and clear.  No one who met her will ever forget, "Straight out for a hawk, and V for vulture."  Even Ronald Reagan and an entire audience put their arms out in the form of a V to honor Mr. Vulture.   She was enchanting and her work of preservation and honoring plants and animals goes on.   Her death does not affect that, and I am saddened to hear she is gone, and I honor how well her life was lived.

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