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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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Diane Roberts



July 18, 1943 - March 22, 2018


A Memorial Eucharist in thanksgiving for and in celebration of the life of Ouida Diane Roberts took place on April 14, 2018 at Epiphany Episcopal Church in Richardson, Texas.

Diane had been an active member of Epiphany Episcopal in Richardson for many years before she and her husband moved to Spring, Texas. She will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends.



Sally Bobst



November 1, 1946 - March 3, 2018


Sally loved easily and was one of the most giving people you could ever meet. She was active in the beginnings of the Cursillo movement in the Lutheran church and created all the “personalized grace mats” for weekends 10 through 60. She was active in her daughter’s life and dearly loved her grandchildren, Gillian and Logan. She was also active in her faith, making two mission trips to Mexico and numerous trips to Coleman, TX on mission trips.

As a member of the Dress-A-Girl-Around-The-World community at Epiphany Episcopal, she sewed as many as one hundred dresses. Sally and her husband of fifty years also enjoyed cruising and were blessed to make four transatlantic cruises. She will be missed terribly, by her family and her many friends.


Nancy Pedden



September 6, 1938 - November 5, 2017


Nancy served on the Vestry at Epiphany for many years as Vestry Clerk and on the Executive Board of the Richardson Friends of the Library. She was also member of the Richardson Women’s Club and served as President of that organization in 2002-2003.



Ellen Vaughn



January 30, 1955 - December 31, 2017



Ellen, a resident of Round Top, TX, was a devoted daughter, mother, and grandmother. At St. Peter's in Brenham, she was a greeter and an usher, and she volunteered in hospitality and for funeral receptions. She was a past president and secretary of Daughters of the King, which helped her grow immensely in her spiritual life. She helped found the Prayer Dove ministry at St. Peter's, and she helped prepare the Lenten devotional books written by the Cecilia Chapter. Ellen was a friend and comfort to others, and we will all miss her helping hands.


Esther McBride


February 5, 1924 - December 26, 2017


Esther was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received degrees from the University of New Mexico, University of Michigan, and a PHD at Tulane. Esther spent 15 years as a missionary teacher in Kumamoto, Japan. She was often called upon to be an interpreter at the United Nations. She wrote and published a book, The Open Church, History of An Idea, in 1983.


Hilda "Anne" Spears Caldwell



April 3, 1933 - October 2, 2016


Anne was born in Florence, SC, on April 3, 1933, to the late Boyd Fairley Spears and the late Hilda Anderson Spears. She was married to the late William Bouldin “Bill” Caldwell.

She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Halifax, Va., where she sang in the choir, served on Altar Guild, taught Sunday School and was president of the Women of the Church. She received a business certificate from Columbia College in Columbia, SC, and worked as a secretary in South Carolina and in South Boston, Va.

Over the years she was executive director of the Halifax United Way and administrative assistant of Boston Commons long term care facility. She was an active member of the South Boston Woman’s Club and on the board of directors of the Halifax County Little Theatre. Anne also volunteered at the South Boston-Halifax County Museum and at Good Samaritan for many years.

Anne took her vows as a member of Daughters of the King in 2012. She was one of the first daughters to join the outreach Women’s Jail Ministry in Halifax, Va. Anne exhibited a strong faith and was a spiritual mother and grandmother to the local inmates. Her DOK sisters remember her as freely sharing God’s love with all even in her weakest moments.

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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