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Obituary for Diane C. Gould

October 26, 1932 - December 1, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 86

... beauty, charm, and great sense of humor...


Diane Chillingworth Gould, 86, died December 1, 2018 of congestive heart failure in San Antonio, Texas. She was born in the Bronx, New York to Catherine and Francis Chillingworth, and was the youngest of eight sisters and immediate older brother, Thomas. After their father died in 1936, the Chillingworths moved to a beloved home on Newbold Ave. along with oldest sister Kay Cumming and her children Reginald and Patricia. Years later they moved to Bay Ridge where her sister Louise Hodgins' family lived. Diane attended Hunter College, but postponed her education to work in publishing for Street & Smith (Condé Nast), and Reader's Digest. She was fond of dogs, warm woolen sweaters, skiing and hiking. While working, Diane returned to Hunter to earn her BA in English by 1965. She taught at Brookside School in Allendale, NJ near the home of her sister, Ruth. Mutual friends, Shirley and Fred Palmer introduced her to Thomas Gould, whom she married on Friday, June 13, 1969. Shortly after their daughter Georgianna was born, Diane had a multiple sclerosis (MS) attack. The Gould family moved briefly to Alhambra, CA, and then to Ramsey, NJ, where they resided for 34 years. A second MS attack in 1973 rendered Diane unable to drive, but with her yellow adult tricycle she volunteered for years at the Ramsey Public Library and for Literacy Volunteers of America. Diane always put others before herself. She was a loving wife and mother who avidly supported American Association of University Women and National Organization for Women. Diane and Tom retired to Carlisle, PA, where Diane volunteered at the gift shop. Their last move was to San Antonio to watch granddaughter Josephine grow up. After Tom died, Diane became wheelchair-bound, yet she volunteered for Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. Diane's love, beauty, charm, and great sense of humor will be sorely missed.

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In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Association of University Women or to Hunter College

Following is the Order of Service for Mrs. Diane C. Gould

Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving
Diane C. Gould
October 26, 1932 – December 1, 2018

PRELUDE Selected music
Philip Schmitz, violin
River Flows in You Yiruma
Dr. Shelbie Simmons, piano

P Welcome in the name of Jesus, the Savior of the world. We are gathered to worship, to proclaim Christ crucified and risen, to remember before God our sister Diane, to give thanks for her life, to commend her to our merciful redeemer, and to comfort one another in our grief.

P When we were baptized in Christ Jesus, we were baptized into his death. We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.

P Eternal God, maker of heaven and earth, who formed us from the dust of the earth, who by your breath gave us life, we glorify you.
C We glorify you.

P Jesus Christ, the resurrection and the life, who suffered death for all humanity, who rose from the grave to open the way to eternal life, we praise you.
C We praise you.

P Holy Spirit, author and giver of life, the comforter of all who sorrow, our sure confidence nd everlasting hope, we worship you.
C We worship you.

P To you, O blessed Trinity, be glory and honor, forever and ever.
C Amen.

HYMN #732 Borning Cry

P The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C And also with you.

P Let us pray: O God of grace and glory, we remember before you today our sister, Diane. We thank you for giving her to us to know and to love as a companion in our pilgrimage on earth. In your boundless compassion, console us who mourn. Give us faith to see that death has been swallowed up in the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ, so that we may live in confidence and hope until, by your call, we are gathered to our heavenly home in the company of all your saints, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
C Amen.


FIRST READING: Isaiah 43:1-4
¹But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. ²When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. ³For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you. 4Because you are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you, I give people in return for you, nations in exchange for your life.

L Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

The assembly reads together
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;
He restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil;
For you are with me;
Your rod and your staff – they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell in t he house of the LORD my whole life long.

SECOND READING: Revelation 21:2-5
²And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. ³And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
"See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
They will be his peoples,
And God himself will be with them;
4he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
Mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
For the first things have passed away."
5And the one who was seated on the throne said, "See, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true." 6Then he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. 7Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children."
L Word of God. Word of life.
C Thanks be to God.

L A reading from the Gospel according to John, the fourteenth chapter.
C Glory to you, O Lord.

GOSPEL: John 14:1-6
1Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. 4And you know the way to the place where I am going." 5Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?" 6Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
L The Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to you, O Christ.


HYMN #272 Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

P Let us boldly confess our faith through the words of the Apostles' Creed.
C I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

P Let us pray: Almighty God, you have knit your chosen people together in one communion, in the mystical body of you Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Give to your whole Church in heaven and on earth your light and your peace. God of mercy,
C Hear our prayer.

P Grant that all who have been baptized into Christ's death and resurrection may die to sin and rise to newness of life and that through the grace and gate of death we may pass with him to our joyful resurrection. God of mercy.
C Hear our prayer.

P Grant to us who are still in out pilgrimage, and who walk as yet by faith, that your Holy Spirit may lead us in holiness and righteousness all our days. God of mercy,
C Hear our prayer.

P Grant to your faithful people pardon and peace, that we may be cleansed from sim and serve you with a quiet mind. God of mercy,
C Hear our prayer.

P Grant to all who mourn a sure confidence in your loving care, that, casting all their sorrow on you, they may know the consolation of your love. God of mercy,
C Hear our prayer.

P Give courage and faith to those who are bereaved, that they may have strength to meet the days ahead in the comfort of a holy and certain hope, and in the joyful expectation of eternal life with those they love. God of mercy,
C Hear our prayer.

P Help us, we pray, in the midst of things we cannot understand, to believe and trust in the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, and the resurrection to life everlasting. God of mercy,
C Hear our prayer.

P Grant us grace to entrust Diane to your never-failing love which sustained her in this life. Receive her into the arms of your mercy, and remember her according to the favor you bear for your people. God of mercy,
C Hear our prayer.

P The peace of Christ be with you all.
C And also with you.

P Let us pray:
C Blessed are you, O Lord, our God, maker of all things. Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts of bread and wine. With them we offer ourselves to your service and dedicate our lives to the care and redemption of all that you have made, for the sake of him who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

P The Lord be with you,
C And also with you.
P Lift up your hearts.
C We lift the m to the Lord.
P Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C It is right to give our thanks and praise.


P Remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray:
C Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

HOLY COMMUNION Abiding Presence welcomes all believers to this communion table. Communion is received by intinction (communicants receive the bread and then dip it in the chalice). Children who have not received communion instruction are encouraged to come forward for a blessing. As the ministers give the bread and wine, they say these words: The body of Christ, given for you. The blood of Christ, shed for you. Communicants may respond: Amen.

SPECIAL MUSIC Selected music
Philip Schmitz, violin

P The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen us and keep us in God's grace.
C Amen.
P God of abundance, with this bread of life and cup of salvation you have united us with Christ, making us one with all your people in the communion of saints. Through this gift, strengthen us in faith toward you and in fervent love toward one another for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
C Amen.

P Let us commend Diane to the mercy of God, our make and redeemer.
Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Diane. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive her into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light.
C Amen.

HYMN #282 It Came upon the Midnight Clear

P Let us go forth in peace,
C In the name of Christ. Amen.

POSTLUDE Ode to Joy arr. Albert Travis

Diane's family invites you all to a reception and time of fellowship
following the service in the narthex area.

Memorial Service
December 8, 2018

Pastor Anna Gordy

Chip Wilson

Dr. Shelbie Simmons

Philip Schmitz

Abiding Presence Lutheran Church
A Place of Grace. All are Welcome

14700 San Pedro Avenue,
San Antonio, Texas 78232

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