In Memorium – DUCC

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.

Each time DUCC meets, a time of worship names those who have died since DUCC last gathered. The memorials shared at DUCC meetings and others make up this section.

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

The following people will be remembered at the next National Gathering of the DUCC community in 2017:

Memorial Script and Memorial Powerpoint (download and print the script with the corresponding slide numbers for viewing the powerpoint)

Margaret Avison, March 25, 2016 (see biography below)
Lillias Brown, August 30, 2015 (see biography below)
Betty Ann Caldwell, July 22, 2015 (biography in development)
Frances (Taylor) Cline, November 17, 2014 (See biography below)
Thelma Dixon-Murphy, January 26, 2015 (See biography below)
Heather (Norman) Gleeson, October 16, 2015 (See biography below)
Nancy Fraser, June 6, 2016 (see biography below)
Peggy (Campbell) Geddes, May 3, 2016 (see biography below)
Marjorie Hannah, July 18, 2015 (Biography in development)
Enid Horning, September 22, 2015 (see biography below)
Willa Kernen, December 7, 2015 (biography in development)
Noby (Nobuko) (Sasaki) Matsugu, January 12, 2017 (see Biography below)
Ruth (Oliver) McPhee, May 25, 2016 (see biography below)
Rolly MacLean, March 19, 2016 (see biography below)
JungHee Park  January 31, 2016 (see biography below)
Kay Pearson,  December 29, 2015 (See biography below)
Daisy Rickard, September 25, 2015 (See biography below)
Etta Snow, March 29, 2016  (see biography below)
Laurie Ann Storring, March 28, 2015 (see biography below)