PROVIDENCE — Sister Joyce Marie Flowers, RSM, 83, died Thursday, July 9, 2020 at HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. She was a Sister of Mercy for 54 years. She was the daughter of the late Eugene and Victoria (Betancourt) Flowers and the sister of the late Laurence, Dennis, Ernest and Constance. She is survived by her brother Lloyd, sisters Mildred, Hazel, Primilene and Diana, and her grandniece, Cheryl.
Sister ministered as a teacher in Belize and Honduras, Central America, and at St. Mary’s Academy — Bay View in Rhode Island. In addition to teaching, she was active in religious education, guidance counseling and spiritual direction. Sister served at St. Michael’s Parish for over 40 years.
Sister Joyce will be remembered as a quiet, gentle and compassionate Sister of Mercy. A woman of peace, she lived out her motto “Christ, He is my peace.” It was how she lived and how she died. And now Eternal Peace is her final reward.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 239 Oxford St., Providence on Saturday, July 18. In lieu of flowers, donations in Sister’s memory to the Sisters of Mercy, 15 Highland View Road, Cumberland, RI 02864 are appreciated.