Junette Wade Arcus, 90, of Durham, N.C., died peacefully Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at her home. Junette was born in Magnolia to the late Rev. Junius Allen Wade and the late Ira Antionette “Nettie” Torbet Wade.
She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and friend. She resided in Durham since December 2004, after having previously lived in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for 40 years. She graduated as salutatorian from Magnolia High School in 1939, from Magnolia A&M (now Southern Arkansas University) in 1941, and received her BS degree in religious education from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., in 1943.
Junette’s first position after graduating from Wheaton was as the secretary and director of religious education at a church in the coal mining town of Williamson, W.V. She then went on to New York City and received a masters of religious education from The Biblical Seminary in New York, N.Y., in 1947, later becoming secretary to the dean at The Biblical Seminary. Junette also taught in a business school in New York City prior to marrying Alex Anthony Arcus in 1958. They were married for 52 years.
Junette was an active member, Sunday school teacher, and elder of the First Presbyterian Church, Wappinger’s Falls, N.Y., before transferring her membership to Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church in Durham. She was previously a member and Sunday School teacher in the Methodist Protestant Church in Magnolia, the Methodist Church of Babylon, N.Y., and Clinton Avenue Methodist Church of Kingston, N.Y.
Junette loved to garden and was well known for giving away bushels of tomatoes and other vegetables to neighbors and friends in Poughkeepsie and Kingston, as well as caring for her roses, day lilies and peonies. She shared her love of music with her children, playing the piano and singing in church choirs. Junette also shared her love of reading and English literature with her children and fulfilled a lifelong dream to travel around Great Britain for a month with Alex in 1985.
Junette was preceded in death by her husband, Alex; brothers, Gen. Horace M. Wade, Lt. Col. James E. Wade, Winston Wade and Milvean Wade.
She is survived by a son, Robert, of Rochester, N.Y.; a son, David, and a daughter, Joyce, both of Durham; a granddaughter, Elizabeth, and a grandson, Alexander, both of Rochester; and nieces, Sylvia Wade Beaver of Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Sara Wade Marinaccio of Grand Island, N.Y. She also has many cousins still living in Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Friends may visit from 6-8 p.m. today at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Durham.
A memorial service will be held on a Saturday in February (a day and time to be determined) at Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Allan Poole presiding. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church in Junette’s honor, as well as to Wappinger’s Falls Presbyterian Church.
Services are under the direction of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham.