Edith Lloyd Garrison Bliss died July 1, 1993, at age 79, after a long illness.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, to William Lloyd Garrison, Jr., and Edith Stephenson. The youngest of six children, she attended the Winsor School in Boston and later Smith College. Afterward, she spent two years studying the violin and piano. Later, she attended the Jooss Ballet School in England studying modern dance.After the outbreak of World War II, she joined the American Red Cross and spent two years in England and France. She met her future husband, Eugene Bliss, while working in France. They were married in Topeka, Kansas in 1947. She and her husband moved to Salt Lake City in 1950 where they continued to live until her death.
Lloyd came from a long line of social activists. Her great-grandfather was the abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, publisher of "The Liberator", and an ardent supporter of women's suffrage. She had a distinguished career in public life, serving on numerous state and local committees dedicated to the environment, the arts, and the judiciary. These included the Citizens Advisory Committee on Utah Water Resources, the Utah Water Pollution Control Committee, the Supreme Court Nominating Committee, the Utah State Board of Fine Arts, the Utah Arts Council, the Friends of Alta, the Utah Environment Center, the Women's State Legislative Council, the Utah Symphony Board, the Tribune's Common Carrier Committee, and Planned Parenthood Association of Utah.
Her particular dedication was to the Utah League of Women Voters, an organization she helped reactivate in the early 1950's. Later, she served on both the local and state boards and was president of the Salt Lake City chapter (1966-1968). From 1969-71 she served as president of the Utah State chapter.
In 1981 Lloyd was honored with the distinguished Woman Award by the University of Utah.
She is survived by her husband, Eugene L. Bliss, M.D.; a daughter, Eleanor Bliss Hedden, and her husband, Willard Hedden, of Castle Valley, Utah; sons, Jonathan Bliss and his wife, Cecilia Fannon, of Newport Beach, California; Garrison Bliss, M.D., and his wife, Suzanne Ai-Bao Wu, of Seattle, Washington; four grandchildren; and a brother, David Garrison of Lincoln, Massachusetts.
A memorial service will be held at the First Unitarian Church, 13th East and 5th South on Tuesday the 6th of July at noon.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the League of Woman Voters, 3804 Highland Drive, Suite #9, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84106.
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