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

MEMORIAL PRESENTATION: Nineteen members of the Diaconal community were remembered at the 2017 National Gathering.  To view the Memorial service: Memorial Script and Memorial Powerpoint (download and print the script with the corresponding slide numbers for viewing the powerpoint)

The following women will be remembered at the DUCC Meeting in April 2018.
Genevieve (Taylor) Carder, May 25, 2017
Beatrice “Betty” (Carkeek) Wing, May 11, 2017
Elaine (Harland) Frazer, December 6, 2017.
Mary Leard, January 28, 2018.
Audrey McKim, September 26, 2017 (see photo below)
Mae (Walker) Gracey, October 6, 2017 (see photo below)