SHIELDS, Esther Lucas

Female 1868 - 1940  (71 years)


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  • Name SHIELDS, Esther Lucas 
    Born 26 Dec 1868  Kelly Township, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Census (desc) 1870  Kelly Township, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census (desc) 1880  Kelly Township, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1897 
    was a nurse 
    • She was a graduate of Blockley Hos­pital, Philadelphia, was a trained nurse by occu­pation, and was in the Royal Hospital in Seoul, Korea, having been sent in August, 1897, by the Foreign Mission Board of the Presbyterian Church.
    Census (desc) 10 Apr 1940  Lewisburg, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    living with her sister Ellen at 240 Third St 
    Obituary

    • OBITUARY :

      NOVEMBER 9, 1940

      Death Of Miss Esther Shields

      Retired Missionary Nurse Dies at Midnight at Home in Lewisburg

      Miss Esther Lucas Shields, 71, retired missionary nurse, who served 40 years in Korea under the foreign mission board of the Presbyterian church, died at midnight at her home, 240 North Third Street, Lewisburg.

      Miss Shields had been in ill health for the past year and was confined to her room with a complication of ailments since mid-August. She was born December 26, 1868, in Kelly Township, Union county, a daughter of the late William and Katharine Angeny Shields. Following her public school training she took the nursing course at the Philadelphia General Hospital, which she completed In 1891.

      After a year of graduate work at the same hospital, she followed her profession at St. Timothy's Hospital, Roxborough, and devoted three years to private duty. In 1897 Miss Shields left for Korea, where she was assigned to the Royal Korean Hospital at Seoul. Her first year was devoted to the study of the language and in 1898 she become a regular member of the hospital staff.

      In 1906 Miss Shields organized the first nursing school at the hospital which from that time was known as the Severance hospital. Her work as supervisor included the training of young nurses and social service work in the hospital dispen­sary.

      Miss Shields continued In that capacity for the remainder of her missionary career, with the exception of 15 months spent in Sun Chan and four furloughs, ranging from one to two years. Her retirement became effective late in 1938 and she returned to Lewisburg in May, 1939.

      Miss Shields, since returning to the United States had spoken before many groups, relating to her interesting and varied experiences In that backward little country.

      Miss Shields was supported on the mission field by the board of the Utica Presbyterian Church at Utica, New York. The deceased was a member of the Old Buffalo Presbyterian Church until
      the congregation was disbanded and at the time of her death was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lewisburg.

      Surviving are a brother, W. Scott Shields, of Milburn, N.J., and two sisters, Miss Charlotte E. Shields and Miss Ellen H. Shields, both at home.

      Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at her late home. The Rev. Edward L. Junkin, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church at Lewisburg, will officiate. Burial will be made in Lewisburg Cemetery.
    Religion Presbyterian 
    Residence Lewisburg, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    at 240 N. Third St. 
    _UID 161533F3E50C5945AB54750F9EF9686DCF30 
    Died 9 Nov 1940  Lewisburg, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I273  Ancestry
    Last Modified 4 Sep 2015 

    Father SHIELDS, William,   b. 23 Jun 1841, Union Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1906, Lewisburg, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother ANGENY, Katherine,   b. 18 Sep 1844, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1926, Lewisburg, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 26 Dec 1867 
    Family ID F74  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsResidence - at 240 N. Third St. - - Lewisburg, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 9 Nov 1940 - Lewisburg, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Link to Google Earth
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