"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)
"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)
In the sections below, we recognize and remember those beloved members and family members of St. Paul's who, during the year 2022, 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.
We endeavor to update this page as new information becomes known to us, but please feel free to contact the church office or the pastors if you have questions.
St. Paul's is saddened to announce that Gail Smith, wife of Jim Smith and mother of Jonathan Smith and Alison Seddon, passed away peacefully during the evening of September 6, 2022, surrounded by family.
The funeral service will be held in the Sanctuary at St. Paul's UMC on Saturday, September 17 at 11:00 AM. The funeral will also be shared by livesteam - click below to view the video feed.
Following the funeral, the family will greet friends at the home of Jonathan Smith. More information is available in the funeral bulletin.
To open the *pdf of the funeral bulletin, click the button.
Gail was born in Massachusetts in 1943, lived in several places in New England, and moved to Maryland after her marriage to Jim Smith. She was an accomplished seamstress, an avid gardener, a cat lover, and an active volunteer in the school library and PTA. She also enjoyed an 18 year career in the cosmetics department of Nordstrom and served as caregiver for numerous beloved family members.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donating to Alley Cat Allies or the National Zoo.
For the full obituary, please click here:
Early Monday morning June 27, 2022, St. Paul's member and accomplished scientist Nathalie Silver transitioned from this life to eternity.
Nathalie's daughter Karen hosted a “shivah-like” gathering on Friday, July 1, at Nathalie’s home to celebrate her life.
A memorial service will be held August 6 at 10:00 AM in the Sanctuary at St. Paul's UMC. After the service, family and friends will reconvene at 12:00 noon at Swains Lock in Potomac for a walk to Nathalie’s favorite spot along the C&O Canal.
She was born on August 12, 1941 in France. She was raised and educated in Paris, and spent her summers at her grandparents’ home in Sète, where she continued to bring her family until 2021. Nathalie was the first person in her family to attend college and received her undergraduate and 3 Masters degrees from the Sorbonne Université in Paris. She taught Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Sciences in Paris, Montpelllier and Perpignan before receiving her PhD in Marine Geochemistry & Submarine Hydrothermal Systems. Her doctoral research took her all over the world, including Vulcano, Pozzuoli, Santorini and the Red Sea. She moved to the United States in the late 1970’s for a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Riverside and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where she met her late husband, Dr. Paul G. Silver. They were married in 1980, and had two children – Karen M. Stone (born in 1985) and Celine M. Silver (born in 1987, deceased in 2009). Nathalie worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for over 30 years in a variety of roles. Throughout her career she focused on the advancement of women in science, and mentorship and leadership for new and upcoming scientists. She was an avid traveler, reader and artist. She enjoyed long bike rides on the C&O canal, beach combing for unique sea shells, open ocean swimming and body surfing. Nathalie spent many of her weekends painting landscapes, animals, and scenes of fishing towns.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Ocean Conservancy, in her honor https://oceanconservancy.org/
For the full obituary, visit https://www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Nathalie-Josette-Valette-Silver?obId=25272792
Mr. Clifford Wayne Thompson passed away at age 75 at home on Sunday evening, May 15, 2022.
Wayne was a "heritage member" of our church, having joined St. Paul's in membership in 1969. He served in a number of roles here, including as an usher for worship. He loved Washington-area sports teams, singing sea chanties, sailing, and volunteering at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime museum. The full obituary can be found here:
The funeral service celebrating Wayne's life and faith will be held in the Sanctuary at St. Paul's UMC on Wednesday, May 25 at 11:00 AM. All are welcome to attend. Interment will follow at 1:30 PM at Forest Oak cemetery (N Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877).
Ms. Sylvia Correa passed away Sunday, May 15 during her stay at the Carriage Hill rehabilitation facility. She is survived by her daughter, Denise Toomer. The family is in the process of planning a private memorial service in June, to be held at a family residence.
We extend our sincere condolences to Rev. Rick Buckingham, long-time former Youth Pastor at St. Paul's, on the unexpected passing of his mother, Mrs. Beverley Jean Buckingham, of Catonsville MD on Sunday, May 1, 2022. She was age 92.
Funeral services are open to the public and will be held at Catonsville UMC on Friday, May 6, 2022 at 11:00 AM.
6 Melvin Ave, Catonsville, MD 21228
Cards may be sent to Rick's home address; please see the Congregational Care list or email the church office for more information.
The family will arrange a private inurnment in the St. Paul's columbarium at a later date.
Betty Lu Gilleland Long, age 92, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her family on April 16, 2022. During her time at St. Paul's, she sang soprano in the Sanctuary Choir. The family plans a private burial in Statesville, North Carolina later this summer. To read the full obituary, click here:
We announce the sad news that Mrs. Margie Wood, a long-time friend of St. Paul's, passed away on March 7, 2022 at age 98.
Funeral services will be held in-person at Chevy Chase Presbyterian on Friday, May 6 at 11:00 AM with light refreshments to follow. All are welcome.
Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church
One Chevy Chase Circle, Washington DC 20015
For questions, please contact 202-363-2202, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website: https://www.chevychasepc.org
The funeral will also be shared over Zoom using this link:
Margie was active for many years with the coffee hour ministry at St. Paul's along with her daughter Peggy Wardell. Margie is also survived by her son Bob, her grandson and great-grandsons. Margie's obituary can be read in full at https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/washingtonpost/name/margie-wood-obituary?id=33832110.
We announce the sad news that Mr. Jeff Thurlow passed away at age 79 on Sunday, February 6, 2022 after a brief hospitalization. He is survived by his loving wife Margaret.
A service celebrating Jeff's life and faith was held Thursday, February 17 in the Sanctuary of St. Paul's UMC at 1:00 in the afternoon. He will be laid to rest in the church's Columbarium and Memorial Garden.
With sadness we announce Mrs. May Oliveri passed away on January 10, 2022 at age 97.
The funeral service was held at the end of January by private arrangement. Condolences may be directed to May's sons William (Bill) or Warren (Bucky) Oliveri; please contact the church office for mailing addresses.
In the sections below, we recognize and remember those beloved members and family members of St. Paul's who, during the year 2021, passed from this life and entered into their eternal rest.
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. We have gathered photos of St. Paul's members, and the names of family and constituents, who have gone to their reward in heaven between November 1, 2020 and October 31, 2021.
The special Memorials booklet is available for download here:
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. (https://montgomeryparksfoundation.org/donate-to-parks/).
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:
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 (email@example.com) for Jaika's email address.
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.
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:
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.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions to Preservation Action be made in her honor: https://preservationaction.org/
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: https://www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Catherine-Lee-Price?obId=20917386#/obituaryInfo
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tunnels to Towers Foundation: https://t2t.org/
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: https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/
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 https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html
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 https://www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com/obituaries/George--Simmons-?obId=20775074#/obituaryInfo
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Memorials fund of St. Paul's UMC.
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:
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Make-a-Wish foundation.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the Zoom invite and login information.
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: https://www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Edward-R-Ayre?obId=20400654#/obituaryInfo
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the American Heart Association (https://www2.heart.org/site/SPageNavigator/donatenow_heart.html) or the Lewy Body Dementia Association (https://www.lbda.org/honor-memorial-gifts/).
With great sadness, we announce the death of St. Paul's member Mr. Richard Rice on December 30, 2020. He was able to visit with family at his home in the Kensington Park retirement and senior care community on the day he passed away.
Funeral arrangements for a service at St. Paul's will be scheduled for future date.
For the obituary, please visit: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=richard-rice&pid=197427559&fhid=2159
Saturday, January 9, 2021
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.