ARBETRIES TRICE JOHNSON was born in Augusta, Arkansas on June 22, 1926. She was the fourth child born to Carrie Hollister Trice and Lugene Trice.
Her formal education began in Cotton Plant, Arkansas. After the death of her mother, when she was twelve years old, Arbetries and her sister moved to Augusta, Arkansas with their aunt, Mary Jane Campbell and her husband, John Campbell. She finished her elementary schooling at Revels School, a community of Augusta.
Arbetries married L. C. Anthony in 1944. There were no children born to their union. After World War II, they relocated to San Diego, California.
Arbetries later married Odell Johnson in 1972. No children were born to their union. Odell preceded her in death on July 18, 2018. Arbetries was a “Mom” to a lot of children, although she had none of her own.
Arbetries enjoyed sewing, canning, which she shared with her friends, working in her yard, and growing house plants. She also enjoyed writing poems, of which she would share with her church family.
Arbetries was a long-time member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, under the spiritual guidance of the late Reverend C. Johnson and continued with Reverend J. Linzie Whitmill. At Mt. Zion, she served with the mission, worked with Sunday School, Training Union, sang in the choir, was active in the District and State, and also on the Deaconess Board. All of her siblings preceded her in death, so her church family became her “Family”.
Arbetries retired from civil service in 1988. While there, she worked as a seamstress, laundry worker, and was in the drug screening laboratory where she retired after thirty-three years of service, all at Balboa Naval Hospital.
She was preceded in death by her parents, all of her siblings and her special cousin, Jessie Trice.
Arbetries Trice Johnson leaves to memory, five nieces; Maxine Cowart-Collins of Oakland, CA, Almetra Johnson (Curtis), Kathy Trice both of Port Arthur, TX; Deloris Legget of Houston, TX, Arbetra Farley (Jeff) of Opelousas, LA, five nephews: Fred Trice (Patricia) of Portland, OR, Sherman Trice (Eloise), Eugene Trice (Carolyn), Curtis Trice (Carol) and Wayne Trice all of Port Arthur, TX and a host of great nieces and nephews, cousins and many, many friends.
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