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Phyllis “Marie” Johnson
  • June 02, 1939
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  • September 25, 2022

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Ocala, Florida – Phyllis “Marie” Johnson, beloved wife of Wayne Johnson, passed away on September 25th, 2022, at the age of 83. Marie and Wayne were wed on September 14, 1957, on his birthday. The family later moved to Orr’s Island Maine. Marie worked for Eaton Shoe Company and L.L. Bean stitching shoes and boots. After raising six daughters, she opened her own home day care. Later, she and her husband retired to On Top of The World Community, Ocala, Florida.

Her busy retirement centered on making home a brighter place through her gift of home decorating projects. Her craft-making skills included greeting card creation and costume design for special events. She won many awards for the costume creations. Marie especially enjoyed her community events dancing every Friday night, playing Bingo, and joining the Red Hatters. She was passionate about shopping for clothes and always kept a stylish appearance.

Marie was predeceased by parents Elizabeth “Mary” and Charles Fickett, her brothers Karl Fickett and Clarence Fickett, her sister Evelyn Fickett, and daughter Susan Johnson Grenier.

Marie is survived by her loving husband Wayne Johnson of 65 years, who stayed by her side throughout her illness. Daughters Tania Smith, Sonya Johnson, Cindy Johnson, Shelley Johnson, Karen Burgess, and her son-in-law David Burgess will miss her laughter. Her brother Charles Fickett, sisters Betty Pratt and Priscilla Brown will miss her beautiful smile. There are 13 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren to carry her memory. She will be laid to rest in Cotton Cemetery, Richmond, Maine in the spring.

In place of sending flowers the family requests individual donations to dementia research via act.alz.org as a Tribute Gift in her memory.


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  7. Cindy says:
    11 Oct 2022
    My mother taught me everything except, how to live without her…

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  10. Shelley Johnson says:
    10 Oct 2022
    God our Father,
    Your power brings us to birth,
    Your providence guides our lives,
    and by Your command we return to dust.

    Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
    their lives change but do not end.
    I pray in hope for my family,
    relatives and friends,
    and for all those suffering known to You alone.

    In company with Christ,
    Who died and now lives,
    may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
    where all our tears are wiped away.
    Unite us together again in one family,
    to sing Your praise forever and ever.

    Amen.

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  13. Erica Ortiz says:
    04 Oct 2022
    I am blessed to be able to say I have ALOT of memories of her and was able to say everything I felt I needed her to know the last time I spoke to her. I made sure to tell her how much she impacted my life in so many areas. How she taught me, leading by example how important it is to be a lady, to dress nice, look nice and be polite and proper. BUT MOST OF ALL, HOW TO CLEAN AND CLEAN RIGHT lol
    She had an afternoon tradition that goes back as far as I remember and I'm confident she continued on with it for as long as she was able to. Her tradition was her afternoon tea and baked good of her choosing. We had amazing conversations of her childhood and her life lessons over those cups of tea and baked goodie. She was a strong woman who learned how harsh life can be right from the beginning. She also found her strength to push through it all. She was also a very humorous woman at times,, she sure did love to joke around and make people laugh❤ I have nothing but the sweetest and fondest memories of her that I will forever keep alive through sharing with my own children and for generations to come.
    Until we meet face to face Nana❤

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    03 Oct 2022
    I will miss her dearly, as most who knew her will. I remember times when I visited her, her and dad would take me to shows and dances. She insisted on checking out my outfit and doing my hair so I would look my very best. No one could do my hair as well as Mom did. I will miss talking to Mom on the phone, she always gave solid advice for any of life's challenges. She would motivate me to get involved with crafts and encourage me to go further with it no matter how bad my crafting was. If I was ever down, she would find a way to lift my spirits by finding something positive to share with me.  She was my rock I will miss her dearly.
    I will miss her dearly, as most who knew her will. I remember times when I visited her, her and dad would take me to shows and dances. She insisted on checking out my outfit and doing my hair so I would look my very best. No one could do my hair as well as Mom did. I will miss talking to Mom on the phone, she always gave solid advice for any of life's challenges. She would motivate me to get involved with crafts and encourage me to go further with it no matter how bad my crafting was. If I was ever down, she would find a way to lift my spirits by finding something positive to share with me. She was my rock I will miss her dearly.

  18. Shelley Johnson says:
    03 Oct 2022
    If heaven had a window and God granted me a view
    of all the beauty it beholds, I'd only look for you.
    I'd listen for your laughter that was always music to me.
    Your beautiful hair and hazel eyes are what I'd wish most to see.
    If I could only view once more the smile that warmed my heart,
    I'd treasure that moment as long as I live and we must be apart.
    Here on earth I search for you and pray to God for signs,
    and every day that passes you're still with me in my mind.
    I know you're happy in heaven; you've earned your mansion indeed.
    I imagine your kitchen table and you waiting there for me.
    I love you and I miss you more than words can say,
    and what I wouldn't give just to talk to you today.
    I hope that you can hear me and listen to my thoughts,
    and wherever this life takes me you know I've not forgotten
    that once upon a time I was blessed and loved, it's true,
    and if heaven had a window I'd only look for you.

    Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/if-heaven-had-a-window

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  25. Cindy says:
    03 Oct 2022
    If roses grow in heaven,
    Lord please pick a bunch for me,
    Place them in my Mother’s arms
    and tell her they’re from me.

    Tell her I love her and miss her,
    and when she turns to smile,
    place a kiss upon her cheek
    and hold her for awhile.

    Because remembering her is easy,
    I do it every day,
    but there’s an ache within my heart
    that will never go away.

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