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Lucretia Ann Johnston

February 21, 1939 — October 21, 2023

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Lucretia Ann Johnston, born on February 21, 1939, in Oak Grove, Louisiana, passed away on October 21, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of compassion and selfless service. Lucretia's life was marked by her unwavering dedication to helping others, particularly those with disabilities and young refugee children.

After graduating from Provine High School in Jackson, Mississippi in 1957, Lucretia pursued her passion for social work. She went on to receive her Master's degree in the field, equipping her with the knowledge and skills necessary to make a profound impact on the lives of countless individuals.

Lucretia's journey took an unexpected turn when she embraced her calling of faith. She entered the convent as a nun and devoted herself to a life of devotion for over five years. Her time in the convent shaped her values and set the foundation for her lifelong commitment to serving others.

Upon leaving the convent, Lucretia redirected her energy towards advocating for people with disabilities and providing care and support for young refugee children. She demonstrated unparalleled empathy and understanding towards these vulnerable populations, ensuring they received the love and assistance they deserved.

Lucretia's vibrant personality radiated through various facets of her life. She had an immense love for animals, particularly her four dogs: Sandy, Nike, Blaze, and River. Lucretia even ventured into breeding Yorkshire Terriers and became an accomplished trainer of Australian Shepherds. She traveled extensively throughout the United States to participate in dog shows with her beloved pets.

Not only was Lucretia an avid animal lover, but she was also passionate about sports and athleticism. In addition to being actively involved in teaching badminton and other sports to children, she served as the director of Girl Scouts in Mississippi. With boundless energy and enthusiasm, she empowered young girls to embrace their potential while instilling important values of leadership and community engagement.

Lucretia's impact on the lives of those around her extended far beyond her professional and recreational pursuits. She enriched the lives of her family, friends, and loved ones with her warm-hearted nature and unwavering love. Lucretia is survived by her cherished cousins: Bill Dickinson and wife Cathy of Cabot, Arkansas; Ben Dickinson and wife Terry of Maumelle, Arkansas; and Jimmy Helms and wife Mary Ann of Three Creeks, Arkansas. She also leaves behind special caregivers and friends, Pam Green and Merry Zakrzewski. Lucretia's memory will forever be held dearly by many other family members and friends who were fortunate enough to share in her love.

Lucretia was preceded in death by her father, Johnny Byergeon; mother, Annis (Helms) Johnston; step-father, Jamie Johnston and cousin, Louise Blan.

Special thanks to the caregivers at Favor Home Care and to Arkansas Hospice for their love and compassionate care shown to Lucretia.

A visitation service has been scheduled for October 25, 2023, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Smith Family Funeral Home in Benton, Arkansas. This will be followed by a funeral service at the same location at 12:00 PM. On Thursday, October 26, 2023, Lucretia will be laid to rest during a burial ceremony at Oak Grove Cemetery in Oak Grove, Louisiana. The burial service will take place at 12:00 PM. 

Lucretia Ann Johnston's life was a testament to selflessness, compassion, and unwavering dedication to improving the lives of others. Her legacy will continue to inspire countless individuals for generations to come. May she rest in eternal peace knowing that her kindness and love have made this world a better place.

Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home.  Online guestbook:  www.SmithFamilyCares.com.

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Smith Family Funeral Home Benton

322 N Market Street, Benton, AR 72015

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Starts at 12:00 pm (Central time)

Smith Family Funeral Home Benton

322 N Market Street, Benton, AR 72015

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Burial

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Starts at 12:00 pm (Central time)

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