Geraldine Dixon Eddy

Geraldine Eddy

Geraldine Eddy

Geraldine Dixon Eddy, 84, the wife of the Reverend Robert M. Eddy, passed away April 22, 2017. Though she had survived many life-threatening medical emergencies, she always found a way to regain her vitality, and remained active all her life.

Born October 9, 1932 in Montgomery, Alabama, Gerry had earned a BA in 1952 from Wesleyan College, with a double major in Theatre and English Literature. She later earned an MA in library science from the University of Michigan. She was a school librarian until 1993 serving schools in Detroit, Michigan; Bought Hills, NY; and for 20 years in Aurora, Colorado.

In 1954 Gerry married Robert Miles Eddy, who was a student at Drew Seminary. In 1956, they moved to North Creek, New York, where Bob served the Methodist Church, and their first child, Lee, was born. In 1958 they moved to Dayton, Ohio where Bob worked for the American Friends Service Committee, on special assignment. Their second daughter Pam and their son Miles were born in Dayton. Bob became a Unitarian Universalist minister in 1963 and their family moved as he served churches in Farmington, MI; Schenectady, NY; and Denver, CO.

Gerry retired in 1993 and traveled with Bob as he served interim ministries in Indianapolis, Indiana; Adelaide, Australia; Denver, CO; and Pensacola, FL. In 2001 they returned to Pensacola, where he served as part time minister until 2005.

They traveled extensively, including one 14-month trip around the world and four years living full-time in an RV. Her curiosity led her to explore many subjects including fossils, geology, flowers, birds, Spanish, and cosmology. She loved assembling crossword puzzles, reading mystery novels, skiing, and music. Biking had a special place in Gerry’s heart. She once said that she felt most truly herself on her bike. Gerry and Bob rode around 49 of the 50 United States, Canada, Europe, and even a couple days in Tibet. They had completed a 13-mile route just two days before her death.

In her later years Gerry immersed herself in Buddhism, attending a number of silent retreats around the country. In Pensacola, she attended the weekly English language meditation services at the Dieu De Vietnamese Temple.

Gerry is survived by husband Robert M. Eddy of Pensacola, FL; daughter Lee Eddy of Seattle, WA; daughter Pam Eddy and son-in-law Shawn Reynolds of Bloomington, IN; son Miles Eddy of Bloomington, IN and grandchild McCarry Reynolds of Santa Cruz, CA.

Additional biographical information and images can be found at a memorial website.

Remembrances can be made in Gerry’s memory to the following organizations – American Civil Liberties UnionUnitarian Universalist Church of Pensacola, FLWesleylan College, Macon GADieu De Temple (9602 Nims Lane, Pensacola, Florida 32534), or Doctors Without Borders

Her husband, the Rev. Bob Eddy, can be reached at 850-206-7168.

The Rev. Carl Larsen Esenwein

The Rev. Carl Larsen Esenwein, 72, died Nov. 4, 2006 in Normal, IL, of cancer. He served congregations in Benton Harbor, MI, and Norfolk, VA, and Bloomington, IL. He then started his own company. Known for his opposition to the Vietnam War, Carl was instrumental in helping numerous conscientious objectors find sanctuary in Canada. He was also active in the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and organizations for prison reform. During retirement, he restored his historic home and rekindled his love of magic. Those who knew him were impressed by the courage and dignity with which he faced the end of his life. A service took place Nov. 15 in Normal. Mr. Esenwein is survived by his wife, Willemina; four children, Marc of Louisville, CO; Steve, of Dacono, CO; Lori Hoffman of Bloomington, IL; and Willem Knibbe of Alameda, CA; a son-in-law and daughter-in-law, his mother, Eleanor, of Bloomington IL; and three grandchildren.

Edward William Ewers, Jr.

uurmapaEdward William Ewers, Jr., 69, husband of the Rev. Margo J. Ewers, died Jan. 1, 2012, in Nashua NH after a long struggle with renal failure and cardiac issues related to diabetes. A native of Culver City, CA, he graduated from California State University, Fullerton. He served in the California National Guard. After the Ewers relocated to NH, Ed worked as chief financial officer at Harbor Homes in Nashua. This organization helps homeless and mentally ill people find housing and other services. He helped raise funds to expand the facility and he supported other staff. His friends and colleagues said Ed was an inspiration to them as he dealt with his own limitations and attendant pain while contributing so much. One of his great joys in life was taking driving trips to explore most of the U.S. He also served on the board of directors of Camp de Beneville Pines. He is survived by his wife, his mother, sister and brother and their families.

Mary Hood Evans

uurmapaMary Hood Evans, wife of the Rev. Marvin D. Evans, died Sept. 30, 2004 after a long illness. She earned a BA degree from Duke University and an MSW from the New York School of Social Work. In 1953, she married Marvin, and reared two sons. She worked for the Children’s Aid Society in Richmond, and was active in Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, the League of Woman Voters, the Richmond Committee to Save the Public Schools and the First Unitarian Church in Richmond. Following Marvin’s ordination, they moved to Victoria, BC, then Seattle. She was predeceased by her son, Kent. She is survived by her husband, and her son David and her daughter-in-law. She was a dedicated member of University Unitarian Church of Seattle, where A Celebration of her life was held Oct. 31, 2004.

Kenneth English

uurmapaKenneth English, 81, life partner of the Rev. Robert Wheatley, died Sept. 13, 2006, in Stoneham, MA. He was a decorated veteran of World War II. For the past three decades of his professional life, he worked as a professor at Boston University, Radcliffe College, and at Harvard’s Business School. He is survived by an older brother and sister in New Jersey, and was pre-deceased by his life partner in 2002.

The Rev. Carol Edwards

Carol Edwards

Carol Edwards

The Rev. Carol Edwards died on August 22, 2013 in an Abingdon, Virginia hospice. Carol was born in Pacific Palisades, CA, three days before Christmas, 1924. Her love of children drew her to teach, then direct an early education children’s program in Santa Monica. She received her formal training in human development and education at the Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena.

An active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Monica before being hired as their Director of Religious Education, they later ordained her as Minister of Religious Education. In 1988 she was called as Minister of Religious Education to the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, CA.

In 1991, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Starr King School for the Ministry for her outstanding work as a pioneering Minister of Religious Education. She served as President of the Unitarian Universalist Liberal Religious Educators Association from 1985-87.

After retiring from professional ministry in 1994, Carol moved to Abingdon, VA in 2003, where she helped develop an intentional co-housing community and became one of its first residents. Over the years Carol’s declining energy created a growing desire for simplicity in her life, and “Keep it Simple” became her motto. This extended to her spiritual life and during her last few years she became a Quaker.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Carol’s name may be made to Heal the Ocean, P.O. Box 90106, Santa Barbara, CA 93190; or the Head Start Program, c/o the Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara, 5638 Hollister Ave. Suite 230, Goleta, CA 93117.

The Rev. Ora Wilbert Eads

uurmapaThe Rev. Ora Wilbert Eads, 94, died September 5, 2008 following a lingering illness. Sixty years ago when his children were toddlers, he served the First Universalist Church of Sampson County at Red Hill in Clinton, NC. After several years of parish ministry, his failing eyesight caused him to leave his church. He then offered mail order Bible correspondence courses, so that he could support his family. Throughout his life, his passion was writing poetry. He was a prolific writer, who won critical acclaim for his work. He also enjoyed walking, which inspired his poetry. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Ivaree Cochran Eads in 1999. He is survived by his five children: Ora W. Eads, Jr. of Nashville, TN; Wayne B. Eads of Chapel Hill, NC; Carol Ball of Williamsburg, KY; Janice and Janet Eads (twins) also of Williamsburg and five grandchildren.

The Rev. J. McRee “Mac” Elrod

uurmapaThe Rev. J. McRee “Mac” Elrod, 84, died on June 16, 2016.

He is survived by his wife, Norma Cummins Elrod; son, Matthew;  daughters Lona, Cara, Christy and Laura; three sons-in-law; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was predeceased by his son, Mark.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders, 333 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001-5004.

Notes of condolence can be sent to: The Elrod Family, 4493 Lindholm Road, Victoria BC V9C 3Y1. Messages of remembrance can be sent in care of Mac’s wife, Norma Elrod norma@elrod.ca and/or daughter, Lona Manning lonaleemanning@gmail.com

[A more complete obituary will be forthcoming after biographical research has been completed.]

The Rev. Alan L. Egly

uurmapaThe Rev. Alan L. Egly, 84, died on January 31, 2016.

Alan’s surviving family members include his wife, Patricia; children, Lorrie Copeland, Lisa (Peter) Lehmuller, Christian (Marie) Day and Yvonne Day; Peter Blaibel; Jeremy Sird; six grandchildren; and one brother.

A celebration of life was planned for Friday, February 5th at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities, 3707 Eastern Avenue, Davenport, IA 52807.

In lieu of flowers, gifts to Final Exit or Compassion and Choices are suggested.

Condolences may be sent to Patricia Egly, 701 Iowa Street, Davenport, IA 52803.

[A more complete obituary will be forthcoming after biographical research has been completed.]