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Rev. Betty Lou Ure

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Rev. Betty Lou Ure 1926 - 2010 GLOUCESTER The Rev. Betty Lou Zwemer Ure died peacefully on Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, at the Seacoast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Betty was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Feb. 9, 1926. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1948, received an MSW from the University of Utah in 1972, and graduated from Andover Newton Theological School in 1985. She married Roland Ure, Jr., in 1949. They lived and worked in Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Salt Lake City. She was ordained in the United Church of Christ at age 59, fulfilling a lifelong dream, and served parishes in Williamstown, Pownal, Vt., and Columbia, Md. She moved to Gloucester in 2005 to be near her youngest daughter. Along with her professional accomplishments, Betty volunteered in many capacities throughout her life. These included the Girl Scouts, The League of Women Voters, Senior Center Boards, local charities, and ministry, church school and youth leadership, wherever she lived. She received Counselor of the Year award in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a community service award in Williamstown. She was active in the Chesapeake Association of the United Church of Christ in Maryland and actively promoted interfaith programs. She loved helping people and had a wonderful sense of humor. Betty leaves three of her four children, Laurie Ure, B. June Ure, and James Ure; her twin grandchildren, Tess and Tom Wier; son-in-law, Dr. Gil Wier, and sister-in-law, Ann Zwemer. Her oldest daughter, Marjorie Wier, mother of the twins, died of cancer in 1996. MEMORIAL NOTICE: A memorial service will be held in Columbia, Md., at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be made to Heifer Project International, Hospice of the North Shore, Joseph's House in Washington, DC, the scholarship fund in the name of Roland W. Ure, Jr. at the University of Utah, or Trinity Congregational Church, Gloucester, MA. Arrangements are under the direction of the PIKE-GRONDIN FUNERAL HOME, 61 Middle Street, Gloucester. For online condolences, please visit www.grondinfuneralservices.com.

Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 6, 2010
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