Catherine Joyce (Coulter) Rush of El Dorado, Kansas went to her eternal home in paradise on August 15, 2022 at the age of 87. Joyce was born in Pratt, Kansas in 1934 to Harold and Hilda Coulter. She graduated from Pratt High School in 1952 and Pratt Junior College in 1954. Joyce married Hardie Eugene “Gene” Rush of Pratt in August.
Joyce’s most memorable experience was receiving Christ as her personal Lord and Savior during a 1979 lay witness mission held at her home church. At the same time, unbeknownst to her, her daughter and her husband were saved at the same time. Through God’s call on her life, she and Gene became witnesses in over 60 lay witness missions that were as close as Wichita, KS and as far away as Brisbane and Adelaide, Australia, as well as missions in nine others. US states. She remained active in Lay Witness missionary work until 2018. Joyce was an active member of El Dorado First Baptist Church and Son-Flower Lay Renewal.
Other memories include living for 13 months in Würzburg, Germany with her husband during his US Army tour from 1957 to 1958 and helping to introduce women’s gymnastics to El Dorado with the start of the El Dorado Gymnastics Club in 1970. Joyce enjoyed sewing, photography and decorating cakes for family and friends; as well as a number of large 3-dimensional cake sculptures for Jesus’ annual birthday parties at his church.
As a teenager, Joyce started working as a soda maker at the Pratt Owl Drug Store. She and Gene moved to El Dorado in 1959, where she worked for McClure Motor Co., Cory, Webster, Lawrence & Greenblat, JA Allison, and Oil Hill Industries as an accountant. In 1962, she left the world of work to become a stay-at-home mother. Gene and Joyce owned Rush Plumbing & Heating, Inc. in El Dorado serving the community for 22 years. They retired on October 31, 1999 and continued to share many travel adventures in numerous national and state parks, 6 trips to Israel, as well as trips to other countries throughout their retirement and of their life.
Joyce is survived by her husband Gene of 68 years; daughter, Lisa Rush of El Dorado, KS; brother, Roger Coulter of Tulsa, OK; and many cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents.
Friends may gather with family at the Carlson Funeral Home on Sunday, August 21 from 2-4 p.m. A private family interment will be held at Walnut Valley Memorial Park. A celebration of Joyce’s life will be held at El Dorado First Baptist Church on Saturday, August 27 at 10 a.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to the missions of the El Dorado First Baptist Church. Please sign his guestbook online at www.carlsonkirbymorris.com