Services are to be held for Edith Evangeline Gilman of St. Andrews who died Thursday, February 27th, 2020 at Passamaquoddy Lodge in St. Andrews, NB. She was born May 6, 1932 in St. Andrews. She was the daughter of the late Howard and Vida (French) Gilman and sister of the late Lois Gilman Buchan.
She was a member of St. Andrews United Baptist Church since 2004 when she transferred from Central Baptist in St. John on her retirement. She was active in the St. Stephen Baptist Board of Missions, by encouraging prayer and support of foreign missions. She was on the board of the Seafarer’s Mission, Daffodils for the Cancer Society, Atlantic Committee of Nurses Christian Fellowship and active in the Spindrifters in St. Andrews.
She is survived by her youngest sister Margaret (Jacob) Bush of Poinciana, Florida, niece Jennifer (Bruce) Krupa of Deltona, Florida and niece Hannah (Nicholas) Staples of Easton, Pennsylvania:, a great-niece Ashley Krupa and two great-nephews Mark Staples and Corbin Krupa.
Edith graduated Charlotte County Hospital School of Nursing in 1953. She graduated Dalhousie University in public health nursing May, 16th,1957 then studied theology at Acadia University. She worked in the Canadian north with TB patients and in public health in northern N.B. and Moncton. In 1960 she went to India under the Canadian Baptist Foreign Mission Board and served there until 1965. She was fluent in Telugu and worked in and taught public health nursing in Pithapuram and Visakapatnam, India. She was fond of her nursing students and many furthered their education. She revisited the mission field in 1999.
She retired to the family home in St. Andrews after a long career with the N.B. Public Health Department in Saint John. She enjoyed traveling and visited France, Italy, the Alps, the Holy Land, England all the Canadian provinces and made many trips to Pennsylvania and Florida.
Friends and family will be received at the United Baptist Church St. Andrews from 1:00 – 2:00 pm with funeral service at 2:00 pm at the church, on Saturday, March 7th, 2020. Rev. Ladd Dunfield officiating. Reception to follow service. The interment will take place later in the spring at St. Andrews Rural Cemetery.
Donations to the Seafarer’s Mission or to the Charlotte County Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences to the family or donations can be made at www.humphreysfh.com
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of Humphreys Funeral Home, 20 Marks Street, St. Stephen, NB E3L 2B2 (506-466-3110).