Faithful Alliance Missionary Dies

After a long battle with cancer, Mrs. Joyce Caston, former missionary to Argentina, went to be with the Lord on May 14, 2009.

Joyce Ann Sykes was born on October 5, 1941, in Renovo, Pennsylvania. She attended Nyack College in Nyack, New York, and graduated with a bachelor’s of science in missions. She met Vernon while at Nyack College, and they married in June 1962 in Erie, Pennsylvania. 

Vernon continued to pursue his MA from Wheaton Graduate School, and they were appointed as missionaries to Argentina in 1970. The couple left for Costa Rica first for one year of Spanish language learning and then proceeded to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where they were involved with church planting.

The Castons returned to the United States in 1980 so Vernon could pursue his doctorate at New York University. Upon completion of his dissertation, they returned to Argentina for a final four-year term before Vernon and Joyce accepted teaching positions at Crown College in Minnesota. Joyce was also actively involved in the District Alliance Women Ministries Executive Team. She served faithfully and will be greatly missed.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Vernon, and their three children: Karis, Constance, and Cristina. In lieu of flowers, gifts can be sent to The Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Great Commission Fund, PO Box 35000, Colorado Springs, CO  80935-3500.


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