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

Betty Chisholm Cade

In Memorium  Betty Chisholm CadeBetty Ann Chisholm Cade was a spirited woman, deeply committed to the ministry of hospitality. Her home was frequently the location of parties for her family and friends. She was faithful in connecting her classmates to one another...

Averil Cropp Banks

In Memorium  Averil Cropp BanksAveril Cropp was born July 18, 1920, at Gerald, Saskatchewan. She had a variety of careers, from hairdresser, to farmer, to World War 2 era factory worker manufacturing radar, to teacher. In 1951, she received her Bachelor of...

Jean Tough Day

In Memorium  Jean Tough DayJean Marilyn Tough was born on August 4, 1935.  She began professional life as a nurse. With her BScN,she pursued a theological education in the interest of equipping her to serve overseas as a missionary nurse. After two years at...

Marion Current

In Memorium  Marion CurrentMarion Current was born in 1932 in Cobalt, Ontario and grew up active in the United Church. After high school she entered the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and graduated in Physio and Occupational Therapy. Two years...

Evelyn Beveridge

In Memorium  Evelyn BeveridgeEvelyn Celestia Denton was born to Isabel and James Denton, at their home, a small apartment on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton, November 13, 1920. She was the first of 10 children. In 1924, her parents, then with 3 children, bought a farm...

Bessie Julien Dayfoot

In Memorium Bessie Julien DayfootBessie Julien was born in Wheatley, in southwestern Ontario in 1918, the second of 4 children, into an active Methodist family. Her mother was in the Woman’s Missionary Society (WMS) and hosted visiting missionaries upon occasion....

Elinor Cox

In Memorium  Elinor CoxElinor Cox served the United Church as a Deaconess/Diaconal minister from 1956 until her retirement in 1991.  She continued to a provide ministry as a volunteer at St. Andrew’s, Moose Jaw. At her funeral it was said of her, “In a way,...

Audrey Cornell

In Memorium  Audrey CornellGraduating from the United Church Training School in 1952, Gladys “Audrey” Cornell was a member of the largest class the school had ever had (picture of class).  She came to the school with the hope of a career as a Deaconess, but...

Florence Cochrane Butler

In Memorium  Florence Cochrane ButlerFlorence Cochrane Butler was born on October 21, 1923.  While a student at the United Church Training School, Florence had a summer placement at Leask,  Saskatchewan. She met her partner George, also from Leask, at Bloor...