Family of Joseph & Henrietta Best


Eveline Minna Best

Eveline Minna was born in 1885. She trained at Deaconess House and was ordained as a Deaconess in the Church of England in 1911. She died at Chatswood NSW in 1962.

Her death was reported in Australian Church Record as follows:

Death Of Deaconess

The death occurred in Sydney on Sunday May 28, of Miss Eveline Minna Best, 76, one of Australia's first deaconesses. Miss Best was admitted as a deaconess on September 21, 1911. She was the thirteenth deaconess in Australia.

Deaconess Best died at the "Neringah" Home of Peace, Wahroonga, where she had been a patient for the last two years. Much of her earlier life was spent in the Parish of St Paul's Chatswood.

Miss Best is survived by two sisters.

An appreciation of Miss Best will appear in the next issue of Australian Church Record


And the appreciation appeared in Australian Church Record dated June 21 1962:

Tribute to Deaconess Best

On Sunday May 29, Deaconess Best passed from this life into the resurrection Life to meet her Saviour Whom she had loved and served all her days.

Speaking at the Thanksgiving Funeral Service at St Paul's Chatswood, Sydney (of which parish she had been a parishioner prior to her last illness), the Rev J. Whild said that the words of 2 Tim. 3:14, 15 and 17 (N.E.B.) characterised her life and witness: A Christian from early childhood, having been born into the Christian home of Rev. Joseph and Mrs Best, and then, in adult life, trained so as to be efficient and equipped for service for her Lord and Master, through the Deaconess Order. Her love and knowledge of Holy Scripture , and her methodical, efficient execution of every duty she performed, will be long remembered.

We thank and praise God for such a person as Deaconess Best. Ordained at the age of 26, on St Matthew's Day, 1911, in St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, she celebrated last year the fiftieth anniversary of her ordination, being the third Australian Deaconess to complete 50 years in the Order. She served in several parishes, her first being St. Andrew's Cathedral parish, but she will be best remembered for her secretaryship of the Ladies Home Mission Union and Wardenship of the Girls' Friendly Society Hostel, Forest Lodge. The former position she held from 1922-1929 and at the hostel from 1935 to 1947, which period covered the difficult war years. How many lives she touched and influenced for the good, or led to the Master, will never be known.

Her last full-time sphere of service was as the first chaplain to the women's maternity hospitals in the Sydney area, thus pioneering a new and vital ministry of women to women.

Now a long and fruitful ministry has ended here, and for her, in the words of the hymn sung at the service, which has such a triumphant emphasis, have now been completely fulfilled:

"In Thee for aye united,
Our song of praise we raise.
Till that blest shore is sighted,
Where all shall turn to praise!"

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