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 UCCDeaconessHistory.ca
The following women were remembered at the DUCC Meeting in April 2018. To view the Memorial Service: Memorial Script and Memorial Powerpoint (download and print the script which has the corresponding slide numbers for viewing the slideshow)
Muriel Bamford, May 17, 2017 (See biography and photo below)
Genevieve (Taylor) Carder, May 25, 2017
Alice Farquharson, March 10, 2018 (See biography and photo below)
Elaine (Harland) Frazer, December 6, 2017.
Mae (Walker) Gracey, October 6, 2017 (see biography and photo below)
Nancy (Caverhill) Jenner December 12, 2017
Mary Leard, January 28, 2018
Kay (Catherine) MacLeod, December 21, 2016 (See biography and photo below)
Audrey McKim, September 26, 2017 (see photo below)
Wilma Sharpe, January 22, 2018 (see biography and photo below)
Beatrice “Betty” (Carkeek) Wing, May 11, 2017 (See Biography and photo below)
PAST MEMORIAL PRESENTATIONS: