In Memorium

They nurtured our spirits and gave us their courage.

As you read the memorials of women and men who served the United Church in Diaconal Ministry, you are invited to ponder their stories. Drink in their courage, their commitment, and their wisdom.  Let their lives and memories nurture your spirit.

In Memorium

A human life is holy,
for it comes from God
and it returns to God:
A human life is holy
in its becoming.
A human life is holy
in its living
And a human life is holy
in its dying

 

Carole Etzler’s song, “Standing Before Us” has often been sung at diaconal gatherings. The song invites us to appreciate and embody the wisdom we receive from the our elders who have gone before us. The third verse of the song reminds us that these forebears “nurtured our spirits” and “gave us their courage.” Through their witness we are made strong.

As you read the memorials of women and men who served the United Church in Diaconal Ministry, you are invited to ponder their stories. Drink in their courage, their commitment, and their wisdom.  Let their lives and memories nurture your spirit.

Longer biographies of women who entered the diaconate prior to 1980 are available at UCCDeaconessHistory.ca

Remembered

Each time DUCC meets, a time of worship names those who have died since DUCC last gathered. See below for biographies on the women and men who have been recently remembered. 

The following people will be remembered at the 2020 DUCC National Gathering:

Frances Clarke, July 5, 2018
Sharon Davis, July 26, 2017
Ruth (Peat) Robertson, June 3, 2017
Jessie MacLeod, May 3, 2018

PAST MEMORIAL PRESENTATIONS:

2018 National Gathering: To view the Memorial Service: Memorial Script and Memorial Slideshow (download and print the script which has the corresponding slide numbers for viewing the slideshow)

2017 National Gathering: o view the Memorial service: Memorial Script and Memorial Slideshow (download and print the script with the corresponding slide numbers for viewing the slideshow)

Our Community

In Memorium

Genevieve Taylor Carder

In Memorium  Genevieve Taylor CarderGenevieve Taylor Carder spent her life in service to others. She held a number of important roles with the United Church's head office including: National Girl's Work Secretary, responsibility for developing the United Church's...

Muriel Bamford

In Memorium  Muriel BamfordMuriel Bamford was born on June 20, 1918 and was a child of the manse, growing up in Northern Ontario.  Missionaries were frequent guests in the Bamford home, and they made an impression on her. A graduate of Wellesley Hospital nursing...

Lillias Brown

In Memorium  Lillias BrownLillias Audrey Jean Brown was born May 27, 1924 and served her ministry as a missionary in India after graduating from the United Church Training School in 1951.   Lillian passed away peacefuly at St. Hilda's Long Term Care in Toronto on...

Betty Ann Caldwell

In Memorium  Betty Ann CaldwellELIZABETH (BETTY ANN) CALDWELL was born April 9, 1931.  Betty Ann was born in Dauphin, MB and raised in Gilbert Plains. She remembered her childhood as a wondrous time, filled with family, community, church, education, sports and...

Thelma Dixon-Murphy

In Memorium  Thelma Dixon-MurphyThelma Dixon was born on December 11, 1918. The first part of this biography, is an autobiography, written by Thelma in 2002. Inspired by the teachers who lived in our home and whom I admired, I grew up in Northern Ontario knowing...

Frances Taylor Cline

In Memorium  Frances Taylor ClineFrances Taylor was born July 18,1922 in Edmonton, Alberta to Geoffery Bradford Taylor and Jean Frances Millar. She was the second of 4 children; John, Neil and Peggy were her siblings. She lived in Edmonton during her school...

Geraldine Dearing Bould

In Memorium  Geraldine Dearing BouldGeraldine Bould was a bright, capable woman, who brought skill and wisdom to the ministries she conducted in her long career serving congregations and church institutions as a lay person and as a Deaconesses. Geraldine Gladys...