Maureen Frances (McNerney) Joseph, loving wife, mother and grandmother transitioned from this life peacefully on August 15 at the age of 88. Maureen was born in Washington DC February 8, 1933 to Harry and Edith McNerney of Bethesda MD. She attended the Academy of the Holy Cross and then the Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross where she served as the college newspaper editor and President of the Senior Class. Of uncommon intellect, she graduated Valedictorian in 1954 with a degree in English. She was an avid tennis player and accomplished pianist.
At a joint Georgetown University-Dunbarton dance she met a then dental student, Edward Anthony Joseph of Providence RI, whom she married in October 1955. After a brief romance they moved to Miami, FL and proceeded to have 6 children in 10 years. Known in the neighborhood and community as an advocate of love and a Mom to all, she was of unwavering cheer and an enthusiastic disposition; a friend to all, especially those in need. She had little time for herself but enjoyed gardening and cycling and was known as the "Bike Lady" of both Bay Point, Miami and Marsh Landing in Ponte Vedra Beach. She volunteered and was simultaneously involved in school, church, neighborhood and community activities serving as the president of the Patrician Club of St. Patrick's Parish on Miami Beach and both on the board and President of the Bay Point Property Owners Association in the 1970's. Always a cheerleader for her children’s extracurriculars, she ensured all of them obtained superb education including through the post-graduate level.
She is predeceased by her husband Edward, and first son, Kevin Joseph. She is survived by her children Dr. Gregory (Sherry) Joseph, Stephen Joseph, Dennis (Fabiana) Joseph, Kathleen Joseph (Al) Copland, CRNA and Dr. Brian Joseph. She leaves behind 10 adoring grandchildren: Zachary, Kyle, Emma, Justin, John, Dalton, Cole and Brady Joseph and Kaitlyn and Olivia Copland.
Please join the family for a celebration of her life on September 3, 11:00am at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Arthritis National Research Foundation of Irvine, CA or to Catholic Relief Services of Baltimore MD.