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

Nobuko “Noby” Matsugu

Nobuko “Noby” Matsugu

In Memorium  Nobuko “Noby” MatsuguRedeemer. It’s a precious name to us all, but especially to Anne Liota. Anne was the fourth of five children born to Italian parents living in the North End of Hamilton back in the 1920s. There was a United Church...

Catherine “Kay” MacLeod

Catherine “Kay” MacLeod

In Memorium  Catherine “Kay” MacLeodFortunately, the United Church Training School attracted no shortage of spunky women, and Kay MacLeod was one of them.  She was born February 23, 1923 to Alex and Marion (Ross) MacLeod, one of 6 children.  Catherine...

Nancy Fraser

Nancy Fraser

In Memorium  Nancy FraserNancy Keith Fraser was born and died in her beloved Nova Scotia, but she had a life of adventure and travel in between.  She was the eldest daughter of Keith and Anna Fraser and grew up involved in local sports (swimming) and church...

Ruth (Oliver) McPhee

Ruth (Oliver) McPhee

In Memorium  Ruth (Oliver) McPheeRuth Oliver, born September 22, 1920, grew up in Hamilton, Ontario with her siblings Alfred Oliver, Mary Acheson and Anne Wright.  All were surrounded by the love of their parents Caroline and Frederick Oliver, whom she credited...

Etta Snow

Etta Snow

In Memorium  Etta SnowEtta Snow was a force.  A woman of courage and commitment, she accomplished many great things.  She stood in solidarity with Angolans being oppressed at great personal risk.  She challenged the power of patriarchy, sacrificing her own...

Rollande “Rolly” MacLean

Rollande “Rolly” MacLean

In Memorium  Rollande “Rolly” MacLeanRolly MacLean was born in Sudbury, Ontario and, until she was settled to her first pastoral charge, she lived in the French community of Blezard Valley, a small farming community near the City of Sudbury.  Rolly...

Peggy Alston Campbell Geddes

Peggy Alston Campbell Geddes

In Memorium  Peggy Alston Campbell GeddesPeggy Alston was born between the two World Wars, the youngest daughter of Ernest and Ida Alston.  She grew up in a privileged home, the youngest of two children, in Forest Hill in Toronto; her father was in sales, her...

JungHee Park

JungHee Park

In Memorium  JungHee ParkJungHee Park was born on November 29, 1964 and died peacefully on Sunday, January 31st, 2016 at home at the age of 51, after living courageously with cancer for a year. After finishing graduate studies in theology at Ewha Womans...