Joy Stoetzer knew from the time she was a very small girl that she would some day become a nurse, and so did her entire family
When still a small child, Joy tried hard to give care to those around her. So much that her mom began affectionately calling her “little mother”.
Growing up in St. Louis City and North St. Louis County, Joy’s father was a pastor. So, faith was a real and guiding force in her life. But, it was faith in herself and abilities that would ultimately be tested.
Never doubting she was born to be a nurse, Joy, never-the-less, initially struggled in her studies. She started college in 1987, but when it just wasn’t working, she took a break.