Sister Joyce Holden, M.h.s.h.

August 12, 2005

On Tuesday, August 9, 2005, after a lengthy illness, SISTER JOYCE HOLDEN, M.H.S.H., daughter of the late Henry R. and Anna C. Holden and sister to the late Laurence E. and Dennis Patrick Holden, and Anna C. (Susie) Mardis. She is survived by her loving sister, Valerie A. Schmale, her three devoted brothers, David R., Henry R., and Timothy J. Holden, many nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins, friends, and her Mission Helper Sisters, as well as her best friend, Sr. Loretta Cornell. "Birdie" as she was affectionately known was raised in Baltimore and attended Seton H.S. where she was a star basketball player. After graduation Joyce pursued a career in nursing, receiving her B.S. from Notre Dame and her Masters in Religious Studies from Fordham University. She worked for many years as a Public Health Nurse for the City of Baltimore. On September 12, 1982, she joined the family of the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart and professed her vows in 1991. To all who knew her, this was one of the happiest days of her life. Her latest ministry as a Mission Helper was as school nurse at Seton Keough H.S., where she devoted her time to the physical and emotional welfare of both the students and the faculty. Joyce enjoyed traveling, including trips to Hawaii, England, and most recently Ireland. The beach was one of her favorite places as well. Her love of music led her to become an accomplished vocalist and guitarist using her skills to help others uplift their voices to Jesus Christ. Joyce will be greatly missed by the many lives she has touched over the span of six decades. Viewing will be held in the St. Joseph Passionist Monastery, Irvington, 21229 on Friday, August 12 from 11 A.M. to 12 noon, at which time the funeral mass will be offered. Interment will be at New Cathedral Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart, 1001 W. Joppa Road, Towson, MD 21204.

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