Sister Joyce, formerly known as Sr. Ann Patrick, died on February 16, 2023, at Mount Joseph, Waterville, Maine, soon after a lengthy journey with dementia. She was 86 years old and in her 66th yr as a Sister of St. Joseph of Lyon.
Joyce was born on May 16, 1936, in South Berwick, Maine, daughter of Leroy and Mary (Lawless) Keevan and 1 of four siblings with Leroy, Thomas, and Ann. Ann also turned a Sister of St. Joseph. Joyce attended St. Michael School and the Academy of St. Joseph, graduating in 1953. She attained a BS in Purely natural Sciences from St. Joseph School, Standish, Maine, and ongoing her education and learning through plans of the Nationwide Science Basis at Western Maryland Faculty, MD, and Emory College, GA. She also pursued pastoral studies at Loyola University.
She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon in 1954 and built her 1st Vows on August 15, 1956. More than the years Joyce served in several leadership positions of the neighborhood: the Provincial Council the Advisory Board of St. Joseph’s Youngster Treatment Heart, and on the Sisters’ Board of Administrators.
Sr. Joyce was a teacher at coronary heart and succeeded in making science occur alive for her learners at St. Rose of Lima University, Jay St. Michael School and the Academy of St. Joseph, South Berwick St. John the Baptist College, Winslow and Marshwood High University, Eliot, in which she expended the last 25 years of her educating vocation.
Sr. Joyce loved nature and the outside, the several pets that turned component of her everyday living, and the Crimson Sox. In her retirement she had her dog experienced as a remedy pet and would pay a visit to local nursing households bringing joy to citizens and staff members alike. She celebrated her Irish ancestry 12 months-round.
She was predeceased by her parents and siblings and is survived by the Sisters of St. Joseph, with whom she shared daily life and ministry, numerous faithful and loving close friends, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The Sisters wish to categorical their gratitude to the employees of Mount Joseph for the like, kindness, and very affected person care they gave to Sr. Joyce over the years, and to Beacon Hospice for their presence and guidance in her last 7 days.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 24th, 10am at Notre Dame Church, 116 Silver St., Waterville. Visitation will be at Notre Dame a person hour prior to the Mass. A reception will comply with at the Notre Dame Parish Corridor. She will be buried at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Waterville.
Preparations are underneath the direction and treatment of Gallant Funeral Property, 10 Elm Road, Waterville, Maine. An on the web guestbook may be signed condolences and recollections shared at www.gallant.com
In lieu of bouquets, memorial donations for the missions of the sisters may well be made to the Sisters of Saint Joseph and mailed to 80 Garland, Road, Winslow ME 04901.
Posted on the internet on February 18, 2023
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