May 5, 2021
1926-2021 ~ Sister Mary Joyce Ann died at Mount St. Mary Hospital on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Born in High River, Alberta, she was the sixth of seven children born to John and Kathleen (Monkman) Kennedy. Sister Joyce Ann moved with her family to the Sooke area at the age of 10.
Shortly after graduating from St. Ann’s Academy in 1945, Sister Joyce Ann entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Ann.
In 1947, she began a teaching career that would span almost forty years in classrooms throughout the province, including New Westminster, Lower Post, Kamloops, Duncan, Mission City, Prince George, Port Alberni, Vancouver and Victoria.
Sister Joyce Ann attended Seattle University and received her BA in 1961. She regarded this time of study as one of the biggest influences in her life. Sister Joyce Ann also received a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Portland, and later, a Master’s Degree in History from Western Washington State College.
She was devoted to helping students thrive despite challenges and for twelve years she taught students with special needs in Kamloops. In later years, Sister Joyce Ann enjoyed working in Parish Ministry in Cranbrook and Kamloops.
Sister Joyce Ann is survived by members of her Religious Community, her sister Kay Hinkes and many nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her parents, John and Kathleen Kennedy, her brothers James (Fin), John and Bruce Kennedy and her sisters Amy Cosens and Ardelle Kennedy.
The Sisters of St. Ann greatly appreciate the staff at Mount St. Mary Hospital for their excellent and loving care.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, A Private Funeral Mass will be Livestreamed at 10:00 am on Friday, May 14, 2021. To obtain the Livestream details or to offer condolences, please visit www.sandsvictoria.ca
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