Marie Arcuri Johnston
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Marie Arcuri Johnston
  • March 15, 1915 - May 21, 2017
  • Temple Terrace, Florida

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Johnston, Marie Arcuri, 102, of Tampa passed away on May 21, 2017. She was born March 15, 1915, in Tampa, daughter of Benedetto Arcuri and Fillippia (Candeleri), immigrants from Allesandria della Rocca, Sicily.



After high school graduation she took a business course and as a secretary she did “something most secretaries only dream about;” she married her boss.



Preceded in death by her beloved husband of 42 years, W A (Bill) Johnston, her three siblings, and her entire generation. She is survived by her three children, Marianna Clarke (Billy), Bill Johnston Jr (Pat), Hannah Vickery (Henry), eight grandchildren (Jennie Clarke Dimich, Melanie Clarke Bowe, Lindsay Clarke Barber, Tyler Johnston (Ida Marie), Heather Johnston Conley (Blake), Anne Marie Vickery Rivera (Carlos), Katherine Vickery Suits (Chris), Jonathan Vickery (Alexandria), 24 great grandchildren, and 23 great-great grandchildren.



Four generations have adored Marie. She loved the Lord with all her heart, and was a charter member of Palma Ceia Baptist Church. Marie’s life was a true reflection of First Corinthians 13. Words cannot express how every member of our family has been blessed by her unconditional love, patience, kindness, and purity of heart. She has taught us how to live, love, serve others, forgive, and grow older with grace, humor, and dignity. Our family will always cherish the memories of our precious incredible unforgettable good times in her presence, loving and laughing and sharing in her love of the Lord, love of us and love of life. She made each one of us feel like we were her favorite. Heaven is now all the more dear with our mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother there.



Marie Johnston’s children



Marianna Clarke (William D. (III), Billy)



Jennifer Dimich (Alexander)



Melanie Drake Chow (Peter)



Christian



Andrew



Jonathan Drake



Haley



Giuseppi



Josiah Drake (Michelle)



Aray



Mercedes Drake Grant (Karl)



Jeremiah



Emily Drake



Marcus



Ezra Drake (Chelsea)



Michael



Melody



Melanie Bowe (Bobby)



Patience Harris (Brandon)



Isabella Rosalie



Kurt Baum (Kristil)



Kaley



Karson



Gretchen Baum Schuff (Rafael)



Oliver



Taylor Baum (Morgan)



Colton



Gracie Nicole





Lindsay Barber (Dennis)



Joseph (Tara)



Landon



Keaton



Emmett



Nathan (Pamela)



Scarlett



Naomi



Layla



Holly



Wilmer A Johnston, Jr. (Patricia)



Tyler (Ida Marie)



Thomas



Hailey



Heather Conley (Blake)



Jenna



Nathan





Hannah C. Vickery (Henry)



Ann Marie Rivera (Carlos)



Olivia



Christian



Juliet





Katherine Suits (Chris)



Chris



Matthew





Jonathon (Alexandria)



Michael