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Johnson Funeral Home

2685 Henderson Dr, Jacksonville, NC

OBITUARY

Marie Ann Sprague

February 26, 1975June 10, 2020

Marie Ann Sprague was born on February 26, 1975 in Erie, PA and passed away on June 10, 2020 and is under the care of Johnson Funeral Home.

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Meghna Joshi

July 5, 2020

I am shocked and saddened by the news of Marie’s passing. We were psychiatry residents together in San Antonio and trained together for several years. Others in our training group are also very sad about the news. She was a big personality and it’s good to hear how she helped so many people. Praying for her family to get through this tough time. Condolences to the family.

Pam Ashton

July 4, 2020

I will miss & love you always. Thank you for believing in me.

Zygmund Dabkowski

July 2, 2020

my condolences

Jessica Fonseca

June 28, 2020

Thank you for everything you helped me through, words cannot express how much you meant to me and my mom in our time of need! I hope you are at peace and with your loved ones. I pray for peace and strength for your family here. <3

Carrie Burns

June 27, 2020

Wow, I am in shock and so sad to hear the news of Dr. Sprague's death. I have very fond memories of our time working together at Lejeune. Her passion and dedication for her patients was evident and she never backed down from advocating for her beliefs. She was a personality that is truly larger than life and I know she impacted so many lives. My thoughts are with her family.

Julie Schutte

June 24, 2020

MARIE , After your sister passed. I know you missed her deeply. It gives me comfort to know you are now with her. You are an amazing person that I knew back when, May your BEAUTIFUL spirit continue to fly🤗

Heather Rhodes

June 24, 2020

I came across a photo of me holding Peanut a few days ago. She took a picture of us one day I was there. She loved her so much. Dr. Sprague used to say Peanut would only kiss a couple people, me being one. I loved hearing Peanut's little collar jingling while running down the hallway, barking at whatever noise she heard.

I can still hear her bracelet jingle like mine. I can still hear her voice. Her excitement, her anger, her passion, her encouragement. Her tears of anger and joy, her laughter. Her sometimes frustrated search for her water bottle and filling Peanut's bowl. The blankets she'd have on her lap for her.

The calming hum that she played on her computer. The trickling of the water fountain behind me. She'd say to not put too much paprika on the pie, that was always her thing. She said one day when she wrote her book that she was going to include me. I always got a hug before I left. I didn't know March 7th would be our last hug.

I could tell she was different than any other psychiatrist I've ever had from the start. She knew the pain. She knew what it felt like. So I felt listened to. I knew she cared. And because of that, I didn't want to fail her by failing myself.

She talked to me like a human being. She had been the only psychiatrist who talked to me like a friend. She'd share stories along with mine. Her face and her voice instantly told me she genuinely did care. I wasn't just another sick person who got asked how I felt, was given refills or yet another medication change, and repeat.

She changed my way of thinking for the better and helped me each and every step of the way. She was famous for her empathy. She was an empath and had an uncanny ability to know which area of my body was hurting and literally felt it.

I hope wherever she is, she's ok. I hope she feels no pain or suffering. Just peace. Pure bliss. Everlasting love. She wished that for all of us. My heart goes out to all of her friends and family. She was truly one of a kind.

James Warren

June 23, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Marie, having taught both her and her daughter at Penn State Erie. My sincerest condolences to Rachael and the rest of the family.

Bethany Bennett

June 20, 2020

Marie was a lot of things to me. An aunt, a godmother, and a constant source of love and support. I wouldn't be the person I am today without her. Her older sister, my mother, also passed away. I was only 8 months old. Despite her grief and hurt, Marie made it her mission to be a positive female role model in my life. I like to think she succeeded.

Her passing doesn't seem real and its going to be a long time before I can allow myself to accept it. I love you so much, Marie. In my heart and my memories, the image of your beautiful smile as we laughed while watching movies in one of your old apartments in Erie will always be with me. The memory of me helping you decorate your living room for Halloween with fake spider webs and orange string lights while we made those precut pumpkin and ghost cookies is something I hold close to my heart.

When I was little, we had this thing we did; she would ask me: "Who's your favorite aunt?" and everytime I would excitedly yell "Marie!!" I feel this now more than ever.

I was honored to have you in my life. Rest easy. I love you. I will always love you.

Simone Washington

June 20, 2020

Dr. Marie Sprague,
It is hard to find the words for this tragic news.
I've been feeling unbalanced for the last week and couldn't understand why. It was like I felt a shift in the universe, and could not understand why. Then today a voice told me to search your name and there it was, your pretty name in an Obituary. This can't be true, this has to be a mistake, why? I can remember my last session with you before I moved and how we both cried as we hugged. On my very first day in your office, I felt this positive aura and knew I was in the right place. All my worries, stress, and anxiety had died down to a level of calmness. You have helped me overcome so many challenges in my life and how to see the world in a different light. You've touched so many people's hearts and always was smiling. All you wanted to do was to help people. Your patients were not only your patients we were your family. The amount of care you had for each person will always be remembered. You have served your purpose here on earth and will always be remembered. I will miss you dearly and pray for your family during this hard time.
Love always.