"For I am sure that neither death nor life ... 

nor anything else in all creation, 

will be able to separate us from the love of God

in Christ Jesus our Lord." 

Romans 8:38-39 (NRSV)

Member deaths in 2021

In the sections below, we recognize and remember those beloved members and family members of St. Paul's who, during the year 2021, have passed from this life and entered into their eternal rest. We celebrate their lives and their faith, and hold their loved ones in our prayers.

All Saints Sunday

All Saints Sunday is a cherished time in the worship calendar when we honor members of this church who have died in the past year. All Saints Sunday is also a time to recognize the lives of loved ones who have passed away. 

On November 7, 2021, we will celebrate the saints in Christ who have finished their courses in faith and who now rest from their labors. 

Our members and friends are also invited to share information about family members who have passed away since November 1, 2020, to be included in a special Memorial Booklet.

Please email Erin in the office at and provide the deceased person's name, your name, and their relationship to you. All contributions must be received by Wednesday, November 3 in order to be included.

Memorial Service for Clem & AdDa Clark

A memorial service honoring the lives of Clem & Adda Clark will be held on Saturday, October 30. 

Mrs. Adda Clark passed away on February 28, 2021. She was age 93.

Mr. Clem Clark, her beloved husband, followed her in death on March 6, 2021, having stated that he wanted to be with Adda. He was 102.

The memorial service on October 30 will be at Brookside Gardens at 11:00 AM. To attend, please RSVP to daughter Linda Barrett. Contact the church office for Linda's person email address or consult the worship bulletin for October 24. Inurnment will follow at Parklawn.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Brookside Gardens, where Adda & Clem had their first date and visited often. (

A memorial service celebrating the lives of Adda and Clem will be arranged at a future date. 

For a more complete obituary notice for Adda, please visit:

Announcing the death of Debbie Hippchen

Debbie Hippchen passed away on September 10, 2021 after a long battle with cancer. She was able to pass quietly at home, with her family by her side, which was her great wish. 

Debbie requested there be no memorial or funeral service, and her niece Jaika Stone is honoring her aunt's wishes. Those who wish to send condolences may contact the church office ( for Jaika's email address.

Announcing the Death of Jean Trumbo

Mrs. Jean Trumbo died September 7, 2021, after a brief time of illness. 

The funeral service will be held at St. Paul's UMC on Saturday, September 11 at 11:30 AM, followed immediately by a service of committal and inurnment at Parklawn Cemetery. Friends are invited to attend.

Jean was a beloved member of St. Paul's Sanctuary Choir for many years and was active in the women's circle. She is survived by her son James (Jim) Trumbo, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son John Trumbo and husband James T. Trumbo. 

Announcing the Death of Beatrice McKinley

Beatrice Bartlett McKinley (age 90), passed away peacefully on April 17, 2021. Bea was born on May 30, 1930 in Washington, DC, and was a lifelong resident of Maryland before moving to Reno, Nevada in 2018 to be near one of her daughters. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved her home and family. She enjoyed a successful 21-year career at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, while raising her daughters as a single mother.

Bea is survived by her sister Jeanne Matthews of Salinas CA; her four daughters with first husband Charles H. Benson: Jean Bernstein of Burlington, VT; Mary Benson of Reno, NV; Sara Benson of Boulder, CO; Suzanne Benson of Leavenworth WA; stepdaughter Amy Kefauver of Damariscotta, ME, stepson John McKinley III of Aptos, CA; 8 grandchildren and 2 great granddaughters. Bea was married to the late John Douglas McKinley Jr. for 40 years.

At this time, St. Paul's does not have any information regarding funeral or memorial arrangements.

The full obituary from the Reno Journal-Gazette can be found at this link:

A celebration of the life of Nellie Longsworth

March 29, 1933 - March 1, 2021

A service celebrating the life of Nellie Longsworth will be held at St. Paul's UMC on Monday, June 21, 2021. The livestream is available by clicking below; the service begins at 11:00 AM. 

Please click the video here to view the service.

Ms. Longsworth passed away at the age of 87, leaving behind her beloved children Jennifer, Jeff, and Mark, and their families. Over a 30 year career in historic preservation and preservation activism, she earned top awards in her field, lobbied successfully for federal laws, policies, and programs that prioritized historic preservation, mentored numerous future leaders, and taught at institutions like Columbia, Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, and George Washington University. 

Click the button below to open the *pdf prepared by the family to celebrate Nellie's life.

Celebration of Life Tribute - Nellie Longsworth

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions to Preservation Action be made in her honor:

Announcing the death of catherine Price

Catherine Price, a member of St. Paul's UMC since 1958, died on April 22, 2021 at the age of 90. She was preceded in death by her husband Alvie S. Price, Sr.

Details of arrangements are still being determined. The family will be served by Pumphrey's Funeral Home in Rockville MD with a private funeral and interment at Parklawn cemetery scheduled for May 4. 

The full obituary is available at:

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tunnels to Towers Foundation:

Announcing the death of Frank Blankenship

Mr. Frank Blankenship passed away on April 19, 2021 at the age of 83 after a battle with terminal cancer and brief time in hospice care. He is survived by his wife Marianne and their sons Barry, Scott, and Steven, and their wives and children. He was predeceased by his daughter Nancy.

Mr. Blankenship was born in Burnsville, North Carolina, and served in the U.S. Marine Corp. 1956-1958. After business school and a move to Maryland, he became vice president of State National Bank in Kensington and then ran his own home improvement company, working on many low-income housing projects to assist those struggling in the community, and hiring workers who deserved a second chance from the Montgomery County Pre-Release Unit to work with his company.

The funeral service will be held at St. Paul's on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 11:00 AM and is open to the public with covid-related protocols in place, including wearing masks and physical distancing. For those who cannot attend in-person, the funeral will be live-streamed HERE.

Frank will be laid to rest in the columbarium and memorial garden at St. Paul's UMC in a private inurnment.

The full obituary along with a memorial slide show is available here:

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project:

Announcing the death of holly watkins

Holly Watkins, wife of Jerry Watkins, passed away peacefully late Sunday afternoon, April 18, in hospice at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington DC. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the Memorial Service will be private. Family and friends are welcome to attend a brief Graveside Service at Parklawn Memorial Park (12899 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD, 20853), on Thursday, April 29 at 12:15 PM. Drive directly to the front entrance. Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton will officiate.

To view the photo tribute and full obituary, visit the Collins Funeral Home website:

Please click "Read More" to open the full obituary and find the slideshow.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memorial Giving, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at

Announcing the death of George Simmons

We share the sad news that Mr. George Wilfred "Will" Simmons passed away on Monday, April 5, 2021 at age 91. George and his wife Betty Simmons joined St. Paul's in the 1950s and served this community faithfully for many decades.

He leaves behind two sons, Bruce and Brent, three grandchildren, and other beloved family members. He is remembered for his travels from Maine to Florida, annual family trips to the beach, his love of fishing, hunting, crabbing, and gardening, and his work with the Beach Erosion division of the Coastal Engineering Research Center of the Army Corps of Engineers.

No funeral or memorial service is planned at this time. His ashes will be placed to rest in the Columbarium at St. Paul's alongside his wife Betty. 

The full obituary may be viewed online at

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Memorials fund of St. Paul's UMC. 

Announcing the death of Elaine Neidecker

St. Paul's shares the sad news that Elaine Neidecker passed away unexpectedly on the morning of March 25, 2021 at age 84 after a battle with cancer. She was a treasured member of St. Paul's and leaves behind her husband Bob Neidecker and beloved children and grandchildren. 

The funeral service was held on April 1 at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary of St. Paul's UMC. 

Click HERE to download the funeral bulletin. All are welcome to view the service through the livestream here:

For the full obituary, please click HERE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Make-a-Wish foundation.

Announcing the death of

Sue Roberts

Mrs. Susannah (Sue) H. Roberts passed away peacefully on March 13, 2021 at the age of 88. She had been part of St. Paul's for over 20 years. Our community of members and friends mourns her passing and sends condolences to her brother, Mr. John Hall. 

A ZOOM Memorial Service for Sue Roberts will be held on Friday, April 16, at 11:00 a.m. To join the service, please contact Erin Steele in the church office ( for the Zoom invite and login information.

Announcing the death of

Ed Ayre

Mr. Ed R. Ayre passed away on March 19, 2021 with his loving partner Mary Ellen Shepherd at his side. He was 80 years old. 


The private funeral service and inurnment in the Memorial Garden were held on Friday, April 9 at 11:30 a.m. 

In addition to Mary Ellen, Ed is survived by two children and four grandchildren. He is remembered for devoting his working hours to the family business, the Edward E. Ayre Inc. jewelry store in downtown DC, and he loved travel, sailing, and racing automobiles. For the full obituary, please visit:

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the American Heart Association ( or the Lewy Body Dementia Association (

Memorial for

Mrs. Claire Kordella

Livestream Service

Saturday, January 9, 2021

11:00 a.m.

With great sadness, we announce the death of Mrs. Claire Kordella, who died late Sunday night, December 20, 2020 at her home in Kensington Park with family present. Mrs. Kordella was 98 years old and a treasured member of the St. Paul's UMC family.

A memorial service celebrating her life was livestreamed from St. Paul's on Saturday, January 9 at 11:00 a.m. The service remains available for later viewing; please click below to play.