Mrs. Gwendolyn White

Mrs. Gwendolyn White

3/27/2017

Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Gwendolyn "Gwen" Ruth White, age 92, of Concord, MA who passed away peacefully on Monday, March 27, 2017 at Rivercrest Wellness & Rehab in Concord, MA.

Gwendolyn "Gwen" White was born on October 24, 1924 in South Sioux City, NE to Rev. Samuel N. Horton and Nellie (Welch) Horton. Gwen graduated from Belden High School in Nebraska with national music honors in voice and composition. She attended Wayne State Teachers College in Nebraska, Buena Vista College in Iowa, Morningside College in Iowa, and Colorado State College of Education, receiving her teacher’s certificate in Iowa in 1944.

In 1946 Gwen married C. Dale White and they moved to New England where her husband obtained his PhD at Boston University School of Theology. He would be appointed bishop of the New York Annual Conference in 1984.

Wherever ministry took Dale, Gwen became involved in the tutorial and music programs of the local schools. From the beginning of their ministry, she also played a leading role in church music programs, playing the organ, singing and directing choirs. After Dale was elected a bishop of The United Methodist Church in 1976, they lived in the Princeton, NJ area for eight years, then in the New York area for eight years.

Gwen served on the Commission on the Status & Role of Women in the South New England Conference, the North New Jersey Task Force on Spiritual Formation and The New York Conference Task Force on Spiritual Formation, and was a delegate to the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference in 1976. She was an honorary board member of Ehwa Women's University in South Korea and served for two years as director of spiritual formation on the staff of Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, TN.

Gwen taught in regional and conference schools of Christian mission, and wrote for Methodist publications and an ecumenical publication for clergy spouses. Gwen was a nationally known retreat and workshop leader for over 25 years and a member of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance. In 2015, she received a Lifetime of Discipleship Award from the Preachers' Aid Society of New England in honor of her many decades of service to the UMC in New England and throughout the world.

Gwen is survived by her husband, C. Dale White of Concord, MA; her children: Hazel Lescallet and her husband, Leland, of Newark, OH; Rebecca Blair and her husband, John, of Hebron, NH and Tura Beach, Australia; David White and his wife, Beth, of Gouldsboro ME; Teresa Kuczynski and her husband, Daniel, of Salisbury VT; and Lisa Remde of Jacksonville TX. She is also survived by her grandchildren: John Tracy, Chris Tracy, Matt Blair, Kate White, Eve White, Sean Pendl, and Karina Lucia; and by ten great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, Samuel and Nellie Horton, her brother, Lloyd Horton, and her son Gerald W. White. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to any of the following in memory of Gwen: Preachers' Aid Society of New England, 51 Charles Wesley Ct, Wells, ME 04090, www.preachersaid.org; Spiritual Life Center at Rolling Ridge Retreat & Conference Center, 660 Great Pond Rd, N. Andover, MA 01845, www.rollingridge.org; Amnesty International USA, 322 Eighth Ave, New York, NY10001 
www.amnestyusa.org; St. Joseph's Indian School, PO Box 326, Chamberlain, SD 57326, www.stjo.org.
 
Services for Gwen were held Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Lexington United Methodist Church, Lexington, MA.