Barbara Dominica Marapoti passed on to Our Lord on 19 April 2014. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to, and grew-up in, Highland, N.Y. She lettered in HS Basketball and Field Hockey, was in the Drama Club and was Class Vice President.
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She attended college studying American History. The Early American/Revolutionary and Civil War periods of our history most interested her. She also enjoyed study of the Bible.
Barbara worked for IBM for 12 years becoming an Executive Secretary. She and Jim Marapoti were married in 1967 during Jim's senior year at college. She was a Marine Wife and mother for over 30 years.
Mother to James and Tricia and Grandmother to Sophia Marapoti, Barbara greatly loved her family. She loved animals and actively supported local, national and international animal foster and adoption programs.
Flowering was also a joy in her life, especially wild flowers.
During her life, she courageously and successfully battled cervical, breast and three lymphoma cancers with two Bone Marrow Transplants. Through all the medical issues in her life, as well as the challenges posed to all military wives/moms, she maintained a generosity of spirit, joy and love for her family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Infant of Prague Catholic School Fund, 205 Chaney Ave, Jacksonville, NC, 28540 or the Carolina Animal Protection Society, P.O. Box 32, Jacksonville, NC, 28539, www.petfinder.com/shelters/NC29.html
A Rosary will be held at 5 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home Chapel, Viewing will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, 24 April at the Jones Funeral Home, Jacksonville. Rite of Christian Burial Mass will be at Infant of Prague Catholic Church at 10 a.m. 25 April followed by internment at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Jacksonville.
Electronic condolences may be left for the family at jonesfh.org.
Jones Funeral Home & Crematory
303 Chaney Ave Jacksonville, NC 28540
Published in Jacksonville Daily News from Apr. 22 to Apr. 23, 2014