Joe’s wife of 45 years and partner in the ministry, Denise, passed away on December 11th, 2016 after a brief illness.
Her legacy of a life spent loving God and loving others will continue through her family and the many people she came in contact with.
Denise and I started our life as childhood sweethearts and worked in ministry together for 35 years. During the time that Denise worked in children’s ministry, Christian Education, and was Vice President of Joe McGee Ministries. Over those years, we traveled to hundreds of cities teaching on marriage and family.
Her life was consumed with helping people. She loved people and never met a stranger. Whether it was after a service, on a plane, or even in a bathroom, she was always ready to engage and help someone. People appreciated her honesty and her kindness.
Her proudest accomplishment was raising our six children. She taught them to know and love God’s Word, instilled a love of traveling, and centered many of her adventures around them. She routinely planned trips, like the one we took in an RV out West to the Grand Canyon, walking the entirety of Washington D.C. in two days, and flying 11 hours to tour Israel.
She was always taking out the map to see what was close by, so we could drive and see something else and before we got back home she was planning the next adventure.
Many times, she would surprise us with a spur-of-the-moment drive to see some place she read about or even something as simple as taking a new road home.
She instilled this adventurous spirit in our children as well as the importance of obeying God and serving others. She rarely watched the same movie twice, would always correct us if we got our facts wrong in a story, and usually laughed so hard at her own jokes she could hardly tell them.
The Bible tells us in Proverbs 18:22 that, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord.” While there are no perfect people on this planet, Denise was the closest thing to perfect I’ve ever met. Truly, God did exceedingly, abundantly above all I could ask or think when I married that woman. She was my good thing, she was my gift from God.