This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Joyce Rose 84 years old , born on April 4, 1936 and passed away on May 11, 2020. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Karlene Crossdale on June 7, 2020
Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of Sister Joyce. As a Nurse working in the hospital during her final days, I had the privilege of visiting her, praying and talking to her as visitors and family members were restricted from the hospital.   I thank God for our St. John’s Church family who loved her so dearly and sent many prayers and  for Reverend Ball who was able to pray with her and administer her last rites via IPhone/Face time.  We hope that this brings you some comfort knowing that she was not alone in her time of passing. May God Bless and Comfort you all and May her legacy live on.
Posted by Gaye Riddick-Burden on May 26, 2020
On behalf of Theta Eta Eta Chapter, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., we extend our sincere condolences to the family.
Soror Gaye Riddick-Burden
Theta Eta Eta Chapter, Chaplain
Posted by Sandra Fisher on May 22, 2020
Family of Joyce, she was always a soft spoken women. We brought up our daughters in the sorority so we had a special bond.  She was so proud of her daughtet going back to school.
 It has been a long time since i spoke to her but I will always remember her
Posted by Allan Collins on May 21, 2020
I can’t even put words to how blessed I was to have an aunt like you. You showed incredible devotion to your family and you touched everyone’s life that you met I have incredible memories of you auntie and I sure will miss you. I love you so much Jimmy
Posted by Edward Collins on May 20, 2020
You truly are an exceptional person, I am blessed to have you in my family, the memories I have with you will forever bring me joy, peace and comfort.
Posted by Rowena Joseph on May 19, 2020

May you all be comforted by God's presence through His Holy Spirit. We pray that you have peace in your hearts and strengthen by God's Amazing Grace.
We the members of Omicron Chapter extend our prayers to all of you.
Sisterly Love,
Omicron Chapter, NYC
Posted by Jacqueline Kittrell on May 18, 2020
TO the Family of Soror Joyce Rose,
The members of RHO CHI of Howard County, MD extend their condolences, and wish you comfort, peace, loving memories of your loved one as you pass thru this time in your life.
Posted by Lorraine Heirs on May 18, 2020
Memories of Miss Joyce include her quiet demeanour, her many many smiles, her kindness and gentleness, her love for music, no matter what was going on in life she showed up and supported whenever she could, as well as her encouragement of any and everything I sang. We didn’t have a lot of lengthy talks or spend lots of times together Joyce, but your frequent hellos and how you doings, and your genuine smiles, your kindness, Christian love and support were never taken for granted and will never be forgotten. I’m so glad our paths crossed and thank God for the blessing of you. Rest now my dear Joyce! With love and sincere condolences to all your family and loved ones.....Lorraine & Durval Heirs.
Posted by Percy Palmer on May 18, 2020
I see your picture daily because I am using pictures of my wedding to Barbara to build a Family Website. You, George and my brother Rudolph were deeply involved. The last time I saw you was at my brothers' funeral. Our families were very tight and we love and respect each other very much. It isn't easy hearing about your passing and my condolences goes out to your entire family. Joyce you will be truly missed. Artilda hang in there! Keep in mind, "love never dies", only lovers.
Posted by Patrick Perrin on May 18, 2020
It is with sadness that I have received the news of the passing of Sis. Joyce Rose.

I served as her pastor from 2008 until 2019 and during those years she has remained a faithful soldier of Christ. I thank God for her support and encouragement.

She openly shared with our church family her determination to overcome cancer by the healing grace of God and the powerful prayers of the warriors which together vindicated her own personal faith and confidence in a loving God whom she knew personally and to whom she was devoted.

Year after year she celebrated her victory, especially when she stood up among the congregation on each passing birthday.

Her witness and testimonies have encouraged us along the way and drawn us closer together as a family.

On a personal note, she was delighted to learn that I was a friend and comrade of her nephew, the late Oscar Allen of Diamond Village in St. Vincent. Oscar and I spent seminary years together at the UTCWI and when I was stationed in the South Caribbean District of the Methodist Church we collaborated on Youth Projects and Seminars and on Student Consultations. Her connection to Oscar, (Brother A) endeared her to me even more.

Her smiling countenance will forever remain with us and put a smile on our faces as we see her resting safely in the arms of Jesus, her Lord and our Lord.

Well done, Sis. Joyce! Rest in Peace!

On behalf of my wife, Pansy,

Rev. Patrick Perrin.
Posted by Cherrie Hartley on May 18, 2020
I was saddened to learn of Joyce's passing. She was truly a remarkable woman with a strong sense of purpose and a deep commitment to family. I always enjoyed visiting with her and George and have very fond memories of those times I spent with them. I will always cherish those memories. Joyce will be greatly missed. May she rest in peace.
Posted by Hazel Wilson on May 18, 2020
My dear SOROR and line sister Joyce , I will not forget your contagious warm smile, your calm and loving disposition. Always a Lady! Always a caring Nurse! You provided Love and stability to our special group.
May your soul rest In Eternal Peace.
Sincere condolences to our SOROR your sister Artilda Collins and the entire family.
LaFleur, please find comfort in knowing that your Aunt Joyce loved you dearly.
May Our Lord continue to bless you all with support and comfort from each other.
Posted by Judith Lewis on May 18, 2020
Our deepest condolences to Ortilda and other members of the family. It was a delight knowing Joyce and I will always cherish those memories when we traveled together with Shelia on Theta Chi trips with Soror Hazel. May God’s peace be with you all.
Posted by Aubrey Symes on May 18, 2020
Ms. Rose we only knew for a short time, but during that time you warmed our hearts with your sincere gratitude for us picking you up to take you to the Church concert. You always greeted us with that warm infectious smile.
HE has called you home to rest.
Aubrey & Marguerite Symes
Posted by Cyrillene Hadaway on May 18, 2020
2 Corinthians 1:3 ,4. Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God.
Jehovah has comforted Joycie all her life especially over the past 50 years while she struggled with illness, with Georgie's passing and numerous other issues. She now rests from her trials and we have to take comfort in the fact that she's out of pain. We look forward to the day we will see her again in Paradise. Jehovah Be Praised!
Love Cy and Deanna (her granddaughter)
Posted by Marcia Bent on May 18, 2020
Ms. Rose I will truly miss your gentle spirit and your beautiful smile. You always had a word of encouragement for all of us at St. John’s. We will miss you terribly.
To her family: God be with you and comfort you as you mourn
From: Westin & Marcia
Posted by AnnMarie Bryan on May 18, 2020
Ms. Rose, I thank God for placing you in my life. I’ll always remember your love, kindness, and humility. You always had a kind word. Always told me to never let them get me down. When I tried to step away from the Dance group many years back, you were part of a "TAG TEAM"(Ms. Applewhite, Ms. Tucker, Ms. Allen and Lisa)that spoke me, to let me know that God placed me there for a reason. I am so glad I listened to you all. You were one of my spiritual supporters. You were a gentle soul who always saw the good in people. Rest in peace. My condolence to the family.
Posted by Cynthia Wright on May 18, 2020
On behalf of the twelve Communion Twelve Communion Stewards who started this ministry in January of 2000 we send our deepest sympathy to the family of Mrs.Joyce Rose
Rest In Peace.
Posted by Cynthia Wright on May 18, 2020
My heart is broken with the loss of our dear sister Joyce Rose.
She was a true disciple having been one of the members of the first class of Disciple Bible Study that started in 1999 .She was also one
of the first communion stewards when we began in January 2000
She was a fighter always came back from her illness and gave several testimonies about how God had been good to her.
Rest In Perfect Peace
Posted by Joyce Hylton Spence on May 18, 2020
On behalf of the members of St. John's United Methodist Church Pastoral Care Ministry we extend heartfelt condolences to the family of Sister Joyce Rose. We recall the feeling of holy aura that exuded from Sis. Rose just to have been in her presence. We know that being absent in the body is to be present with the Lord. She is gone on to hear those welcoming words "Come ye blessed to my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you"....Please know that we are upholding you the family in our prayers. God bless.  Sis. Joyce Hylton Spence
Posted by Jasmine Gould-Anderson on May 18, 2020
1999/2000 were good years because 2 life changing events happened!
I was blessed to have been in the very first Disciple Bible Class along with
Mrs. Joyce Rose and was proud to be her partner with the first group of Communion Stewards at St. John’s where we would spend 4-5 weeks at a time on Saturday mornings quietly setting communion for the Sunday service!
I felt privileged because I got a “double dose” of her!
Our four years of long nights of class and weekend retreats were filled with deep thought and spiritual growth. We all shared some of our most personal struggles and joys.
I saw that Mrs. Rose was such a God-fearing, strong, graceful woman in everything she did.
She was definitely one of the those 'mother hens' who took you under their wings who protected and coached you, always giving God thanks and assuring me that God is ALWAYS in control.
I will surely miss her. May her soul rest in eternal glory!
Posted by Dana Collins on May 18, 2020
On behalf of the Collins family in Montreal, our deepest sympathy to you Aunty Joyce you were and inspiration to my mom Girely and she is deeply saddened if your passing, she you gone from the world not from our heart , we meet again again on that glorious morning.
Posted by Joyce Hylton Spence on May 18, 2020
It was a great pleasure to have met Sis. Joyce Rose at the St. John's UM church many years ago. She was a woman of faith, a woman of grace, a genuine Christian who refreshed my heart every time we met at the church or on visits in her home. Joyce has left her footprints on the sands of time. She has "fought a good fight, she has kept the faith and is gone on to receive her crown"  May her soul rest in peace. -----------Joyce Hylton Spence
Posted by Karen Haynes on May 18, 2020
To the family of Soror Joyce Rose, please know that we are praying for you to have peace and strength at this time. You have our deepest sympathies. Much Love, Kappa Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority.
Posted by Dara Simmons on May 18, 2020
As the family prepares to say goodbye to Ms Joyce Rose, I would like to offer my deepest condolences.

I had the pleasure of meeting her through her nephew Jr., from the first time we were introduced, she treated me like family.

The thing I will remember about her, is she always said "I am praying for you Dara" when we ended a phone call. People often say this, but I knew she meant it. It may seem simple, but to know that someone always has your best interest at heart and is always providing a spiritual covering for you is such a source of comfort.

When my Mom lost her battle with cancer Aunt Joyce called me and prayed with me, when I found out I was expecting she called me and prayed for a healthy delivery. She always spoke with such kind words and was such a warm spirit.

I urge the family to remember that even in grief, we must find a way to celebrate her memory and accomplishments. Aunt Joyce will always be a part of life, her presence will just be felt in a different way.
Posted by Margaret McLeod-Graham on May 18, 2020
I’m grateful we had the opportunities to hug, kiss and say I love you. Gestures and words I will forever treasure.
As you had always known you’ve been regarded as one of my 3 guardian angels, (Tucker, Applewhite & Rose), from St. John’s United Methodist Church. Our bond during the Discipleship Classes of 1999-2006 had blossomed into a beautiful Rose as you are.
I often admired your sincere spirituality, elegance and humility.
I thank God for placing you in my life and will forever hold you close. Until we meet again, miss you and love you.
Posted by Beverley Barr on May 18, 2020
Ms. Rose, you were much-admired for your graciousness and your gentle spirit. I’ll always remember how you embraced me when you learned that my mother had been your nursing supervisor at Kingsbrook Hospital. I became like a daughter to you. Rest In Peace, beloved gentle spirit.
Posted by Aretha Beckford on May 18, 2020
Joyce Rose, all your pain and grief are now over, every restless tossing has passed. Your earthly work as come to an end, God heard your cry so he takes you home to rest.
You're now in a better place.
I'm so happy I had met you but heartbroken to know i wasn't there to hold your hands to the end.
Sleep and take your Heavenly Rest ‍♀️‍♀️‍♀️‍♀️..
Posted by Laverne Munro on May 18, 2020
Joyce you have left a legacy of what it is to be a God fearing person, caring sister, aunt, friend, a loving wife, a devoted nurse, and a trustworthy lady. You have helped many and never expected anything in return. God knew that you were tired and He has called you home. You will be greatly missed.
Posted by Jacqie Collins on May 17, 2020
Auntie Joyce your smile is gone forever and your hands I can no longer touch, but your memory is now a keepsake which with I'll never part.

God has you and Grand Dad in his keeping. I will have you both in my heart.

You will be sadly missed but never forgotten. 
Posted by Zeitha Hadaway on May 17, 2020
I first met Joyce in 1958 when l was delivering my first baby. Joyce was the midwife that took care of me and she was the best. I loved her then and I loved her to the end
She migrated to NY and l thought l would never see her again but
I then joined the nursing fraternity and 1967 l went to NY and she was neighbor to my uncle so the relationship was revived .We went on my first cruise and we had a blast George and Vincent had a special bond so that made it easy. My children were her children . She was as happy as l was to welcome our granddaughter Deanna .Over the years our friendship grew into being family.
Joyce was special she was one you can confide in.she was very compassionate
She loved the Lord she loved her family she was very proud of her Neice and her accomplishments and always talked about her in glowing terms. Every year when l go to NY we would visit each other. We kept in touch frequently and a few days before she passed we spoke and cried together. l know she at peace and she is in heaven because there is no place else for her to teside.Sleep on beloved
Sleep and take your rest We will meet again in Paradise ❤️
Posted by Patricia Roban on May 17, 2020
Cousin Joyce I know now You are in the arms of your husband Mr. Rose’, hugging your brother Allan, laughing with your cousin Leontine and her husband George, reminiscing about old times and Feeling comforting to be in the presence of family members.
As much as it may pain us, knowing we have loss someone we all love, we have to remember that Joyce had maintain a healthy relationship with God, and as the Bible says “Blessed is the man that walkers not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standers in the ways of of sinners, nor sitters in the seat of the scornful, but his delight is in the law of the LORD.”
Cousin Joyce I know you finally got your wings and has flew to meet your savior.
R.I.P. you truly will be missed.
From The Roban family
Posted by Kathy Collins on May 17, 2020
The late Allan F. Collins, Sr., would often be the one called to speak or write on behalf of the family, but today it has fallen to me, to pay tribute to a very special person, my sister-in-law, Joyce Rose and sister of Allan.
I admired Joyce for her faith, resilience and perseverance as she walked through the “storm” called cancer. Daily she would pray with her late brother and offer words of comfort. Upon his passing, even though she was in great pain, she would pray with me and give me words of peace. Joyce will always be remembered for her selfless acts, her love and her kindness to others.
As the pain started getting unbearable, God saw her getting tired and a cure was not meant to be. So, He put His arms around her and whispered “Come to Me.” Now, she has joined her beloved brother Allan in the bosom of our Savior. She has touched so many lives with her kind and loving nature. She will surely be missed. Rest on in perfect peace. 

Posted by Marcia Harrison on May 17, 2020
 “Mr. and Mrs. Rose,” as my siblings and I respectfully and affectionately called these friends of our parents were regarded as family. I remember their visits to our homes in Brooklyn, and ours to theirs in Queens. The Roses traveled to St. Vincent to celebrate my parents’ 25th Wedding Anniversary, and were there for their 50th in Brooklyn. They were among the honored guests in attendance at my wedding, and remained close to our family.
Following Mr. Rose’s passing, the friendship with Mrs. Rose continued. My parents retired back to SVG, but returned to NY annually. Those visits always included contact with their friend “Joyce” via phone calls or a visit. Now as an adult, I too became her friend, and looked forward to the visits with my parents. My husband would drive us to Mrs. Rose’s lovely home, and garden in Queens, or she would visit us at my home in Brooklyn with her dear sister, Artilda. I looked forward to those visits, as I enjoyed hearing about Mrs. Rose’s travels with her nurse friends or family, her church, daily activities, and of course reminiscences with funny anecdotes from the past. We both loved Lladros, and would talk about our collection. Before leaving her home, we would venture to her backyard where some cutting from a plant or flower would be offered. We both also loved gardening.
   Joyce Rose was a spiritual, caring, graceful, and generous woman. She was a true, and caring friend! This was demonstrated by her providing excellent private duty nursing care for my mom following her surgery. This was done “free of charge-“ not even at a family discount. This was truly an act of love, and my parents always talk about it, and remain forever grateful.
   Mrs. Joyce Rose will live on in the hearts of Elna and Ronnie Howard, their children, Marcia and Lester Harrison, and I am sure all who were privileged enough to have met this woman of God, who exuded style and grace. She will truly be missed; however, we take comfort in knowing she is resting in peace with Mr. Rose, and our Lord. All our love 
Posted by Dawn Palmer on May 17, 2020
In Our Hearts
Sister Rose, we thought of you today, but that is nothing new. We thought of you yesterday, and days before that too. We think of you in silence. We often speak your name. Now, we all have memories of what a wonderful, child of God you are. You loved the Lord. Your memory is our keepsake with which we will never part. God has you in his keeping. We have you in our hearts. Rest in peace my dear sister.
Posted by Jem Jemma Thomas on May 17, 2020
Godmother joyce, I so sad hearing that you have passed away, but only God know his plan for us all. You were the greatest God Mother and inspired me to be become a nurse like you. You will be missed by all who knew and loved you. RIP until we meet again.
Posted by Naseem Brady on May 17, 2020
God bless you all in this time of loss and profound sorrow. I enjoyed reading about her beautiful life. Sending my love and continued prayers for acceptance of God’s will. Love, Naseem Brady
Posted by Richard Thomas on May 17, 2020
Joyce was a great friend of my family for so many years. As a nurse back in St. Vincent she tended to my mother and the rest of our family. She and my mother were great friends. When my sister was born she became her Godmother. The friendship was renewed here in the U.S.. This comes as a great loss to us. On behalf of our famIly we send our Condolences to the famiIy. Only the current times we are living in keeps us away from you at this your time of sorrow and loss. We are however with you in spirit.

The Family of Veda Douglas-Thomas
Posted by Ron Rose on May 17, 2020
Auntie Joyce opened the door and created the opportunity for my mother, my brother, sister and me to come to the USA. That has made an enormous difference in my life. Every time I return home to St. Vincent, the opportunities I received from being in the USA make me feel very blessed. It also inspires me to give back to the less fortunate in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Thank you Auntie Joyce.

In recent years I have been struck by Auntie Joyce's deep faith in God and her positive outlook despite any challenges she faced. I always left our conversations a little more upbeat and optimistic. On a visit to her home she gave me a word puzzle book and advised me to do daily word puzzles so I could be as mentally sharp as she was at her age. She was very proud of her independence and her ability to navigate whatever obstacles she faced. I have since bought several word puzzle books. I will miss our conversations. However, her positive outlook and optimism even in difficult times, will be with me forever and I hope to be as mentally sharp as she was if I live to be 84. May her soul rest in peace.
Posted by Patricia Williams on May 17, 2020
“Absent from the body, present with the Lord”
Auntie Joyce was loved! My family and I have fond memories of my stepmom. My children always remember that when she and my dad visited other countries, she would bring them a t-shirt. I have always been touched by the fact that Auntie Joyce never forgot my birthday, even though it's during the busy Christmas season. I will miss our regular chats and the time she spent sharing stories about her early life in St. Vincent with my dad. Thanks for being a great stepmom! You will be missed.
With love, Pat, Bert, Kathy and Kevin
Posted by Gina Anderson on May 17, 2020
2 Timothy 4:17. I have fought the good fight I have finished the race I have kept the faith.

My family and I have been thrown into a rare imbalance over our Aunty Joyce's departure. Since learning some years ago that Aunty Joyce was born on 4 April, I have made it a point to call her on her birthdays, since I, too, am April born. This past April was no exception. As believers, we know we will meet again since this fallen world is a temporary place. 

Aunty Joyce, your sister, Grandma Artilda will miss you much. Whenever I visited her, I heard her calling you daily. Often, she would pass the phone so I could be part of the fun. 

We will both miss you dearly!

Aunty Joyce, rest in perfect peace.

Fare thee well.

Oma, Canada.

Posted by Carl Fisher on May 17, 2020
Sister Joyce was a lady of quiet dignity.
The only time she raised her voice was to praise God.
She always saw the glass as half full and refused to complain but always had hope in Jesus Christ.
May her soul rest in eternal peace.


Posted by Hyacinth Glasgow on May 17, 2020
So sad to learn about the death of Joyce
but I do believe, hers was a life well lived as it was the embodiment of generosity.
Posted by Yvonne Lewis on May 17, 2020
Loving memories to Joyce Rose a prudent nurse, who demonstrated professionalism in every aspect of her career. My mentor, my friend a woman of valor, mighty woman of God who contributed to humanity in many ways. Proverbs 31:30 " Charm is deceptive and beauty does not last, but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised and rewarded for all she has done." So, let the character of Joyce Rose be honored and praised for the life she lived. All glory to the mighty God. The attribute of this noblewoman is none other than Joyce Rose. Her character exemplifies she was worth more than rubies. Joyce loved the Lord and has been a faithfully committed nurse, sister, aunty to LaFleur ( love of her life ) friends, and all others who made contact with her.

With sadness, I recall that you were indeed a gift on earth to us all. You have trodded along life's bitter trail, so God intervened and relieved you of your worldly cares. You have fought a great fight, you have come to the end of your race so you have responded to the master's call. We loved you but he loved you more than better best.

May the light of God surround you, may the love of God enfold you, may the power of God watch over you and grant you eternal peace and rest.

Love you, Joyce
From Yvonne Lewis and Family
Posted by Hyacinth Ellis on May 16, 2020

Joyce your passing has made me sad. A woman of Grace, Humility , Dignity and Professionalism is who I know and will miss dearly. You were never without a smile and always took the opportunity to express thanks to God for every new day of life. Your presence in church was always a blessing. Your life here on earth has ended but the angels have welcomed you in heaven. May your soul Rest in Peace Dear Joyce, my nursing colleague, and may light perpetual shine on you. You will always be remembered.
Posted by Earline Best on May 16, 2020
My Dear Sister Joyce Rose, Soror Joyce Rose, You are LOVED. It is with great sadness that we celebrate your Homegoing. Joyce we will miss your smile and kind demeanor, but most of all we will miss you Sisterhood. We ask your Family to lean heavily on our Faith, God will guide your paths and see you through. Remember we care deeply, Just a Phone call away
Sisterly love
Earline Best- United Methodist Women President
Soror Earline Best-Chi ETA Phi Sorority
Posted by Janet Rosd on May 16, 2020
It's always a sad.time loosing a loved one.
I have never seen you without a smile on your face.
We will miss you
Rest in peace Joyce
Posted by LaFleur Stephens-Dougan on May 15, 2020
Auntie Joyce was not only my aunt but also my godmother, loving me as if I was her child. She appreciated fashion and travel, but most of all she loved the Lord. She introduced me to a host of things, including my favorite movie, "The Sound of Music," her favorite store, "L &T" ( Lord and Taylor), and my first cruise.

Anyone who knows her knows that she was a woman of dignity, who paid careful attention to matters of etiquette. If she ever called you, you could never answer, "Yes." Her response was always, "Yes, who? " to which you would have to reply, "Yes, Auntie Joyce." Now that I have a child of my own, I have a newfound appreciation for my aunt’s high standards of decorum. In fact, Auntie Joyce imparted the same etiquette rules to my daughter, Zadie, when the two of them would talk DAILY. 

One thing that might surprise people, is that Auntie Joyce had a lead foot! Don't get me wrong, she was a safe driver, but I was always amazed at the transformation that would take place when she was merging onto the Belt Parkway! She was not to be messed with. Therefore, it was hard to see her autonomy limited in her later years, because in her prime, she drove where she wanted to, bought what she wanted, and traveled as she pleased. The "silver lining" of this devastating loss is that she is no longer in pain.

Finally, it is also worth mentioning that despite her quiet demeanor, she had incredible resolve, serving as a trailblazer and source of support for her family. Words cannot capture the sacrifices that she made for us.  I wish I had thanked her more, but for now, all I can do is to help to pay it forward. Thank you, Auntie Joyce! Rest in eternal peace
Posted by Sheila Hadley on May 15, 2020
My heart is a little more saddened today to learn of the passing of my dearest and best friend Joyce Rose. Joyce was my maid of honor when I married and though time and distance led us in different paths we remained forever best friends in each other’s lives. We spoke by phone frequently. She remained a welcoming and always safe harbor for me.
Like a constant reassuring friend who listened without judging, she offered advice when needed most and she corrected me when I was making poor decisions. More importantly, she was always there. She and her husband, George would visit myself and family in New Jersey. My children had the benefit of knowing that their mother’s best friend was part of their lives who shared stories of us as young women growing up in St. Vincent.
As a nurse, Joyce was compassionate and caring. As a mother and spouse, she was loving, guiding and most of all ever present.
Her joyous laughter and that bright smile will remain forever etched in my mind. Friends always can make you laugh when experiencing sorrow and can offer comfort when needed most or they could merely say I understand and feel the same way when you just need them to listen to you. Joyce intuitively did all those things and she did them well.
Later in life Joyce suffered much as she battled cancer. Her valiant fight with this disease is inspiring to all as she exhibited an indomitable spirit to live. Her surrender to illness takes her from us. For those who dearly love her, our lives were enhanced for having known her. I know for certain she left me the treasure of a long life of friendship.
My friend’s journey on earth has ended, her life everlasting continues in heaven. I will miss her much but comforted by her memory. Forever Best Friends Sheila Hadley.

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Posted by Karlene Crossdale on June 7, 2020
Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of Sister Joyce. As a Nurse working in the hospital during her final days, I had the privilege of visiting her, praying and talking to her as visitors and family members were restricted from the hospital.   I thank God for our St. John’s Church family who loved her so dearly and sent many prayers and  for Reverend Ball who was able to pray with her and administer her last rites via IPhone/Face time.  We hope that this brings you some comfort knowing that she was not alone in her time of passing. May God Bless and Comfort you all and May her legacy live on.
Posted by Gaye Riddick-Burden on May 26, 2020
On behalf of Theta Eta Eta Chapter, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., we extend our sincere condolences to the family.
Soror Gaye Riddick-Burden
Theta Eta Eta Chapter, Chaplain
Posted by Sandra Fisher on May 22, 2020
Family of Joyce, she was always a soft spoken women. We brought up our daughters in the sorority so we had a special bond.  She was so proud of her daughtet going back to school.
 It has been a long time since i spoke to her but I will always remember her
her Life

In Loving Memory of Joyce Rose

On May 11, 2020, Joyce Virginia Rose went to be with the Lord. Joyce was born to Catherine Collins Nurse and Newsam Munro on April 4, 1936, in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Joyce deeply cared for individuals.  Thus, her pursuit of a career in nursing was more than a choice; it was her calling.  After graduating from Milton Cato Hospital (formerly, Colonial Hospital) in Saint Vincent, Joyce began her career as a nurse and midwife, working throughout the mainland.

In 1961, she immigrated to the United States and furthered her education, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing/Community Health from St. Francis College.  Joyce worked as a nurse for several decades, including taking on a management position at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, where she mentored countless nurses.

Joyce sacrificed much in life so that each member in her family could pursue their aspirations. As a trailblazer, Joyce eagerly arranged for many of her family members to immigrate to the United States, including her mother, stepfather, and her siblings. As the family matriarch, she provided emotional, spiritual, and financial support to just about anyone who asked, in their time of need. 

Joyce lived a rich and principled life, consistent with her Christian faith, emphasizing grace and mercy to all.  She considered The Church a source of strength and comfort and held sacred the eternal nature of her belief.  She also admired the ability of the church to weather adversity. She was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church for over 30 years, active in the choir and Bible Study until her health declined in her later years. She was also a proud member of the Theta Chi chapter of the Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority. 

After birth, and through the present, Joyce matured into a woman of distinction. She proudly exited this world in a manner befitting her reputation, with dignity and grace.   The world is a little dimmer with her departure, but to all who came in contact with her, there remains a golden legacy of memories.  Surely, that in itself, is cause for pride and contentment.

She was preceded in death by her father, Newsam Munro, her husband, George Rose of many years, her mother, Catherine Nurse, and her brother, Allan Collins. Left to mourn her passing are her sisters, Orma "Urcie" Thomas and Artilda Collins, many loved ones, including,  Samantha Rose, her stepdaughters, nieces and nephews, cousins, countless godchildren, friends, and her beloved church family at St. John’s United Methodist Church. 

Done in Sorrow, 

The Family 


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Tribute to Nurse Joyce Rose

Shared by Devan Oates on May 16, 2020
I have to start by mentioning how much I loved her broaches/pins. Her taste in jewelry was impeccably classic!
It was a privilege sitting at Ms Joyce's feet of learning as we were both members of the St John's United Methodist church Nurses (now Wellness) Ministry. Her good friends Ms Vanessa, Ms Applewhite and Ms Tucker were members too. In the earlier years, she was a quiet force, always present with strong, substantial, contributions to our meetings, that enhanced the ministry. She was proud to be a nurse and was an admirable professional. Her conduct extolled the virtues of being part of the resolution when there was a problem. As life advanced  and her health failed, she was our "come back kid" our example of what it takes to be strong, to overcome, to live with dignity and grace until you die. We saw her through many acute illnesses and then she would be back with zeal during times of remission, as a witness with a testimony of God's greatness, grace and mercy. A true Phoenix, a solid Christian. Ms Joyce, thank you for being an admirable example of our noble profession of Nursing.
A life well lived. Rest in Peace Nurse Rose.