Joann Boyles died at home on Tuesday ( April 8, 2003 ) after a
battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 65 and lived in Creve Coeur.
She was born in Breese, Illinois, the first child of Henry C. and
Mary (Sartory) Hummert. After completing her early education, she
worked for a year as a nurse aide at St. Josephís Hospital in
Breese before joining the religious order, The Poor Handmaids of
Jesus Christ in 1955, and she took the religious name of Sister Mary
Henry. She received her BSN from Alverno College in 1962 and began
working at St. Anneís Hospital in Chicago. She left the Poor
Handmaids in 1970 and then became a nursing supervisor at St.
Francis Hospital in Chicago. At that time she also joined the U. S.
Air Force Reserves. She advanced to Colonel in the Reserves and
retired from the service in 1997. She worked as a school nurse in
the Chicago public school system before meeting her husband, Richard
Boyles. They married in 1977 and moved to St. Louis.
In St. Louis she continued her nursing career, first at Special
School District, and then at Jewish Home for the Aged. She then
worked as a nursing administrator at DePaul Hospital, and during
that time she completed her Masters of Science degree in Nursing
from SIU Edwardsville. Most recently she had been a health nurse
with the St. Louis County Public Health Service.
Ms. Boyles was active with the Mercy Associates, the St. Vincent
DePaul Society, and with her parish, St. Richardís. She had
recently begun volunteering with the OASIS program.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three siblings:
Margaret Howe of Leicester, England, Julie Hummert, of Breese, Henry
J. Hummert of St. Louis, and 9 nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Augustineís
Church in Breese, Illinois, on Friday, April 11, and there will be
visitation for one hour before the funeral at the church. A memorial
mass and service, with a reception immediately following, will be
held at St. Richardís Church in St. Louis at 11 a.m. on Saturday,
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
Mercy Associates, in c/o Richard Boyles, 49 Rae Court, St. Louis,
MO, 63131, or to Chaminade College Preparatory School, 425 S.
Lindbergh, St. Louis, MO, 63131, for the Jo Boyles scholarship fund.