Wednesday, we lost a loving wife, mother, grandmother and true friend. Myrtle Horne Marapese, 84, of Jacksonville went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 surrounded by her family. We find comfort in knowing our beloved Mimi will suffer no more, and that now she has a better understanding of our Lord. We hurt from our loss, but rejoice because she is now fulfilled with joy and peace. We are grateful for the time we shared together, and celebrate all of the wonderful memories. One day we will find happiness knowing that a part of our hearts are going with her to heaven. We understand it will be hard, but we take with us her smile, her gentle kindness, and her unconditional love. May her spirit travel gracefully to paradise.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Jacksonville. Mrs. Myrtle was also a member of a Bunko Club and was in the Pittsburgh Steelers Fan Club. She was also Valedictorian of her class of 1947 at Richlands High School.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Mary Civil Craft Horne and Hosie Ellis Horne; brother: Norman Horne; sister: Adell Henderson and husband Burriss Henderson; great grandchild: Ashley Marapese; brother-in-law: Jack Batts; nephew: William Batts.
A Funeral Service will be Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Jacksonville with Reverend Jason Brinker officiating. Burial will follow at Onslow Memorial Park.
She is survived by her loving husband: Thomas Marapese; son: Michael Thomas Marapese and friend Nancy Lynn Burns and her son Hobie Tanner Burns; daughter: Debbie Marapese Pressley and husband James Michael Pressley of Wilmington; brother: Hosea Horne, Jr. and wife Helen Horne of Richlands; sisters: Elma Batts of Jacksonville, Martha Rivenbark and husband Jim Rivenbark of Greensboro; sister-in-law: Rovean Horne of Richlands, Sylvia Falba of West Pittsburg, Pa.; grandchildren: Katherine Drew Marapese of Wilmington, Caroline Thomas Marapese of Wilmington, Sloan Marapese of Beulaville, Bryan Overman of Wilmington, Julia Nicole Overman of Wilmington, Natalie Maria Pressley of Wilmington; great grandchildren: Christipher Marapese, Joey Marapese; nieces: Iris Horne and husband Wade Horne of Richlands, Janice Barbee, Allison Vail; nephews: Steve Horne, Gary Horne, Freddie Horne, Jimmy Rivenbark, Lawrence Rivenbark.
The family will receive friends from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home, Jacksonville on Monday, March 31, 2014.
The family would like thank Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter for their extraordinary care and support.
Condolences may be made at www.johnsonfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements by Johnson Funeral Home, Jacksonville.