Sister Joyce M. (Petrine) Cox, BVM, 91, Mount Carmel Bluffs, 1160 Carmel Dr., Dubuque, Iowa, died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.
Visitation, Sharing of Memories, and Mass of Christian Burial were on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. Burial was in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Sister Joyce was born on July 6, 1931, in Butte, Mont., to Fred and Clara (Logan) Cox. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1949, from St. Patrick, Butte, Mont. She professed first vows on March 19, 1952, and final vows on July 16, 1957.
Sister Joyce was an elementary teacher at St. Patrick, Dubuque, Iowa; All Hollows, Sacramento, Calif.; St. Francis Xavier, Council Bluffs, Iowa; St. Bridget, Chicago; Most Holy Redeemer and St. Thomas Moore, San Francisco, where she also was principal. She served as principal and vice president of academics and student relations at Bellarmine Preparatory, Tacoma, Wash. She was dean of students at Mundelein College and pastoral associate at St. Symphorosa, both in Chicago. For the Archdiocese of Seattle, she ministered as vice-chancellor, vicar for religious, interfaith director, archbishop delegate for catholic schools, director of spirituality, director of ecumenism, director for religious, assistant to the archbishop.
“Joyce was deeply passionate about ecumenical issues and involved in numerous coalitions. She always emphasized ‘what we share in common’ . . . [She] genuinely loved the connections she made with local religious communities, parishes, chancery staff and the four Seattle archbishops for whom she worked. To every endeavor, she contributed her talents, skills, dedication, sensitivity, and her boundless, selfless energy. Within every experience, Joyce witnessed ‘the presence of God with us and Gospel good news.’” (Eulogy).
She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers Fred and Gordon Cox. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 73 years.
Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or online at https://www.bvmsisters.org/support_donate.cfm.Watch Memorial Mass and Sharing of Memories Download Eulogy Download Sharing of Memories