Remembering a Pioneering Woman Ruling Elder Rose Lovell Bouck
By The Rev. Robert D. Nicholson,
Presbytery of Seattle
Lovell was an active elder, who with her late husband Roger, served in congregations in Lake Forest Park and Mulkiteo and in the Presbytery of North Puget Sound (now Presbytery of the NW Coast). She served General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church(USA) as a reader and grader of Standard Ordination Examinations for candidates for ministry.
Her pilgrimage began October 30, 1925 in Hermiston, Oregon and ended in her death, September 14, 2016. Memorial Services were conducted, September 17, 2016 at Ida Culver Broadview Retirement Community, Seattle where she lived, by her son the Rev. Ray D. Moore, HR and chaplain at Park Shore Retirement Community, Seattle.
Her early education was in Westminster and Avenal, California where she was both an athlete and musician(marching band, baseball and track)
Wherever you found Lovell there was a person who was faithful in congregation life, serving on the session, singing in the choir, graciously accepting others and always on the cutting edge open to new ideas.
What a legacy of love and leadership! She fulfilled that ordination vow as she always “ served with energy, intelligence, imagination and love.”