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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Dear Heavenly Father, we bless you for all those Daughters who have departed this life in your faith and fear, working to fulfill your will on earth through prayer and service in the Order. May their faith and example inspire other women and girls to greater and more faithful labor for you. Grant the light of your presence and the glory of the life beyond to be her great and everlasting reward. Amen


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Ruth Hammersmith



December 23, 1916 - July 2, 2017


Ruth Hammersmith lived a full, active life that spanned a century. She always said she wanted to live to be 100 and she did just that. She passed away in the family home that she and her two sisters grew up in.

Ruth was a special lady. Born in a time when most women did not pursue higher education, she went on to earn a history degree and studied library science. She worked as a teacher, librarian, and for other nonprofit organizations. Ruth was a founding member of the Naperville Heritage Society. She worked tirelessly for any cause in which she believed. She was disciplined, but had a wry sense of humor and got joy out of the simple things in life.

Ruth loved being a Daughter of the King. She was a charter member of the chapter at St. John's, Naperville, in 1962. Ruth was active at all levels over the years, including terms on National Council. While on Council she was editor of the Royal Cross. Ruth mentored and encouraged many women to embrace their vows to serve and pray, and to step up in leadership.

Joy Dyer



November 11, 1930 - July 18, 2017


Beloved Daughter of the King, Glory Bound Singer, dedicated Bible teacher, awesome prayer warrior, and Maker of Banners Extraordinaire, Joy is now singing with the angels! Joy, 86, was born in Joplin, MO, but came to Texas when 2 weeks old. She was a leader in Camp Fire Girls, American Red Cross, YWCA, and the Episcopal Church.


A member of Ascension Episcopal Church, Houston for almost 30 years, she served as Children's Education Director, Sunday Schoolteacher and Superintendent, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Stephen's Minister and a member of the Community of Hope. She had a birthday card ministry and supported Missionaries in a variety of ways. Joy became a Daughter of the King in 1996 and a Glory Bound Singer in 1997.


An accomplished seamstress, she made Prayer Bears for the military as well as banners for Cursillo, Junior Daughters, and many Daughters of the King chapters, dioceses, and provinces throughout the world, but her largest banners, made with the help of her devoted husband, were for the Triennial Assemblies in Denver, Minneapolis, Orlando, Anaheim, Indianapolis, and Salt Lake City.


Both sons predeceased her, but she is survived by her husband of 65 years, Norman, her 2 daughters, and many grandchildren. If anyone ever lived up to the name they were given at birth, it was Joy. She was joyful in her approach to life, in her service to our King, in her worship, prayer and praise, and in her many activities. Joy, and her joy, are missed by all who knew her!

Nancy Sjoholm



July 20, 1935 - July 31, 2017


Nancy Sjoholm was an active member at St. Mark’s Church in Upland, California for the past 20 years. She passionately filled many roles at St. Mark's: Vestry, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Greeter, bridge games, Book Club and Daughters of the King®.

Some people remember her as the lady who cheerfully greeted them on their first time attending a service at St. Mark’s. She did not take greeting lightly; she believed in openly extending God’s love and sense of community to each person. Like Nancy, we will value the opportunity to make a difference in the gesture of greeting a newcomer.

Nancy had a voracious appetite for books. The St. Mark’s Book Club was important to her. She read the Bible early every day. We will remember her when we do our own devotional reading.

Nancy was fearless in her pursuit for quality of life. She was positive, full of the Holy Spirit, and engaged to the end. We knew her to be very youthful and vital despite many physical challenges over the years. When you are dealing with a disabled person, please do not underestimate him/her. Her daughter and grandson sometimes thought of her as "Yoda" from Star Wars since her life force was so strong and purposeful.

Nancy loved cartoons. One of her favorites was Charlie Brown of Peanuts' famous saying, "The smile on my face doesn't mean life is perfect. It means I appreciate what I have and what I have been blessed with. I choose to be happy." Nancy chose to be happy, with God's help.

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Virginia Heidenreich




February 7, 1926 - January 11, 2017


Virginia Heidenreich became a Daughter of The Order of the Daughters of the King® in July of 2006.

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 Marge Libertini



December 17, 1941 - June 3, 2017


Margaret Elizabeth Tuten Whitman Libertini, 75 of Manchester, Maryland, passed away peacefully, Saturday, June 3, 2017. She was the wife of the late Louis Joseph Libertini, who died December 17, 2008.

Marge volunteered for American Red Cross Disaster Services and Blood Services for over 25 years. She also volunteered in schools, was host mother to many exchange students, and took her rescue dogs to visit residents at local nursing homes. She was an active member of both The Order of the Daughters of the King® (DOK) and All Saints Episcopal Church in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

She is survived by her children Cathleen Livingston, Zoe Whitman, Tom Whitman, Elizabeth Grove and husband Edward, Melissa Libertini, and Marjie Libertini. She is also survived by her grandchildren Benjamin, Walter, Skye, Ezra, and Chelsea, and great-grandchildren Arwen, Devin, and Jaden.

Marge will be remembered fondly as "Mom" to many others including Daughters around the country who connected with her at various DOK events. She offered a warm welcome, a friendly smile, and lively conversation. We all will miss her greatly.

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Jane Moscato



June 19, 1924 - September 3, 2016


Jane Moscato became a Daughter on June 15, 1957 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Mount Holly, New Jersey. She later moved to Florida with her husband and family. Jane was one of the first members of our church, when congregants were meeting in a home. She helped our church grow by going door to door to pass out flyers about our church.


Jane was also one of the first members of our Altar Guild, started the refreshment hour, and helped begin the Outreach Ministry, which she ran from a room in her house, until the church was built. She also was on the church cleaning team and worked in the Memorial Garden.


Jane was a very active Daughter until her health caused her to become home bound. Many people who went to visit Jane to give her flowers or serve communion, left feeling uplifted from being touched by her joy and love. We mourn her passing and miss her earthly presence as we celebrate that her eternal life with God.


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Elizabeth Reither



October 27, 1927 - August 1, 2016


Elizabeth Reither was born on October 22, 1927 in Lincoln, Nebraska. She moved to Omaha where she married Wayne Reither. They had two children: Carrie Reither, who lives in Mesa, Arizona, and Eric Reither, who lives in Arlington, Virginia. She died in Omaha, Nebraska on August 1, 2016.

Elizabeth volunteered at Methodist Hospital in Omaha for many years helping the families of the surgical patients. She loved being of service to others. She also liked to read, and feed and watch the birds and other animals.


Elizabeth and Wayne were founding members of St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Elkhorn, NE which was started in 1980. The first church building was a converted stable. She was a very spiritual person and joined our Bible classes and women’s groups. She was also one of the original members of our Naomi and Ruth Chapter of the Daughters of the King established in 2000.

Elizabeth was a constant prayer warrior as well as a great encourager of others. Her smile could light up a room and make you feel like you were sitting with the angels. In her later years she was unable to go out so we went to see her. She was so glad to have company.


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   Marceline "Marcie" Cliver



December 1, 1924 - October 11, 2016


Tommie Marceline Cliver, nee Blankenship, 91 of Sundance, Wyoming, died peacefully October 11, 2016 with her husband holding her hand.

Marceline was born December 1, 1924 to Hiram and Maude Blankenship in Pocahontas, Arkansas. She entered school there and finished in St. Louis, Missouri after her family moved. While in St. Louis she met her future husband, Stanley Cliver. They were married on December 24, 1943 in Lubbock, Texas prior to him going off to war in Europe. Upon his return they moved back to St. Louis until 1977, when they moved to Sundance. Marceline received her BA from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota. She used her degree to teach in Crook and Weston Counties for many years. She truly enjoyed being with children. Marcie and Stan were married for 71 years.


Over the years she was active in several organizations, including all offices of the Order of Eastern Star and becoming Worthy Grand Matron of the State of Wyoming from 1992-1993. She was also active in Green Mountain Estates and Beta Sigma Phi, to name just a couple. 


Marcie took vows as a Daughter of the King in 2005 and was most recently serving as president of her chapter. Marcie exhibited a strong faith in the saving grace of our Lord; attending church until only a couple of weeks before her passing and worrying about the future of the Martha Chapter of the Daughters of the King. Daughters and members of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Sundance and the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming will miss Marcie's precious presence. Her DOK sisters will always remember her as freely sharing God's love with all.

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Ethelyn Gebrowsky




 January 30, 1924 - August 7, 2016


Ethelyn Koch Gebrowsky of Frederick, MD, was born in New Orleans, LA, on January 30, 1924 and passed away on Sunday, August 7, 2016 at the age of 92 years.  Ethelyn became a member of The Order of the Daughters of the King® in November of 2002.

Ethelyn's life was one of joyful service: service to country, service to others and service to God. After Ethelyn graduated from Tulane University with a degree in mathematics, she went to work for a major oil company. From there she joined the Naval Reserve and received her commission in 1950. She served proudly in the Navy for five years, stationed at Mare Island, CA, and Pearl Harbor, HI.

Following her Navy service, Ethelyn was able to share her love of mathematics through a long and rewarding teaching career. The majority of her career was at Metairie Park Country Day School, Metairie, LA, where, in addition to teaching mathematics, she served as Head of the Mathematics Department, Principal of the Upper School and Assistant to the Headmaster. Ethelyn also shared her love of teaching through over 50 years work with the Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) teachers' sorority in which she held state and international offices. When Ethelyn moved to Frederick in 2000 to be with her daughter Lynn, she was pleased to be able to continue her association with DKG.

While in New Orleans, Ethelyn had been a Lay Episcopal Minister at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Upon moving to Frederick, she found her church community at All Saints' Frederick where she loved and was loved. Even though in her later years, when she was unable to perform physical duties for the church, she continued, as a Daughter of the King, to serve through constant and devoted prayer.

Ethelyn was, throughout all, an exceptionally loving mother and a woman of great humor, compassion and kindness. Her family, and her sisters in the Inspired senior Chapter and the Genesis Junior Daughters at All Saints’ Frederick, MD will miss her very much.

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