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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC January 19, 2018 5 CURSILLO YOUTH ENCOUNTER Too young for Cursillo, but still want a deeper relationship with Jesus? Our Spring Youth Encounter is March 16-18. Check out our website below for more details. Seeking to take your relationship with Christ to the next level? Consider making a Cursillo. February 22-25 for Catholic Men March 8-11 for Catholic Women BY JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC Joyce Sample was more than the mother of the (arch)bishop of two dioceses, she was a friend and mother-figure to many on both the north and west coasts. Born Joyce Verna Dory on Sept. 7, 1928 in Marinette, Wis., she died Dec. 31, 2017 in Portland, Ore. Married to the late Alexander K. Sample Jr., she had two daughters, Marti and Barbara, and a son, Alex- ander K. Sample III, who became bishop of the diocese of Marquette and is now archbishop of Portland in Oregon. Her son celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial for her on Jan. 8 at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery in Marquette. One of Mrs. Samples newest friends, Sister Emiliana Moshi, recalled, The first time I met her she said, 'I'm going to have a new friend in Portland. Mrs. Sample had recently moved from Marquette to Portland with her son after he was named archbishop of the archdiocese. Sister Emiliana, a Holy Spirit Sister from Tan- zania, has been a caregiver for the elder Sample since June of 2013. Sister Emiliana called Mrs. Sample welcoming, with a very open heart. She said the two had a good time together and prayed the rosary often. She really inspired me and my vocation as a nun. Like my mother far away from home. Deacon Gregg St. John had a special relation- ship with Mrs. Sample, sharing a love of witty repartee along with being partners in crime. During a trip to a parish event in the U.P. with then Bishop Sample driving, Mrs. Sample asked, Gregg, do you think Alex will make cardinal? He answered, Not unless he moves to St. Louis and plays baseball. The bishops mother re- plied, Alex, stop the car and let him out. Mrs. Sample gave Deacon St. John the nick- name The Gumdrop Kid for indulging her sweet tooth. He said he would buy bags of candy from a great candy store in Bay City and sneak her a bag or two. Mrs. Sample's son would try to make the wayward deacon stop, but only slowed him down a bit. She's probably the most loving person I know, said Deacon St. John of Mrs. Sample. She was always proud of her son, but made sure everybody had access to him. She was very sweet, like everybody's grandmother - the queen mother. Denise Foye, diocesan director of catechesis and adult faith formation, got to know Mrs. Samplethroughicialdutiesbutsoonbecame friends. She echoed the motherly qualities of Mrs. Sample, but noted the devotion of her son. Watching her interact with her son, you could see that loving relationship. I said, 'I pray that my boys are as good to me (as he was) to her.' Bishop Sample really lived out, 'Love your mother.' Msgr. Michael Steber, pastor of St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette, delivered the funeral homily. He noted the warmth and humanity she brought to her son's ministry, as well as a sense of humor. A famous story of when Father Sample was named bishop was recounted by Msgr. Steber. At the time Mrs. Sample asked her son, Do you have to wear that pointed hat? You don't look good in hats! However, Msgr. Steber said, You wear it well, Archbishop Sample. The greatest gift a mother can give her family is faith, and she gave it to you all, said Msgr. Steber to the Sample family. At the end of the funeral Archbishop Sam- ple expressed his thanks for the affection you showed my mom. A sign of your respect and love for her. He said people thanked him for bringing his mother back to Marquette. She loved you all so much - her heart was still here, Archbishop Sample said. He added that was only fitting to lay her next to my dad at Holy Cross Cemetery. Editor's note: See page 16 for the obituary. Joyce Sample: Mother, friend, wit JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland in Oregon prays after leading graveside services for his mother, Joyce Sample, at Holy Cross Cemetery in Marquette. He is a former bishop of Marquette.

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