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Marilyn L. Wright

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
2:00 PM until 4:00 PM
6:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Smith & Sons Funeral Home
207 North Main Street
Columbia City, IN 46725

Thursday, April 29, 2010
9:30 AM until 10:15 AM
Blue River Church of the Brethren
3040 East 700 North
Columbia City, IN

Thursday, April 29, 2010
10:30 AM
Blue River Church of the Brethren
3040 East 700 North
Columbia City, IN

Marilyn L. Wright, 81, of Columbia City, died at 12:37 a.m. Monday, April 26, 2010 at Parkview Whitley Hospital.

She was born May 23, 1928 in Smith Twp., Whitley County, Indiana a daughter of Esli and Helen A. (Egolf) Shively. Her formative years were spent in Smith Twp. and she graduated from Churubusco High School with the Class of 1946.

On August 14, 1949 she was united in marriage to Chester “Hank” Wright, Jr. They made their home in South Whitley. In 1951 they moved to Columbia City. Mr. Wright died February 12, 1986.

She began her employment with Klondyke Ice Cream and later United Telephone. She worked 8 years for Whitley County Treasurers Office and completed her work career at Farmers Loan and Trust Company with 23 years of service retiring in 1991.

She was a member of Blue River Church of the Brethren, Thorncreek Home Extension Club and a former member of First Church of God where she as served as Local, State and National Treasurer of Women’s Christian Service Council (W.C.S.C.). Her charitable work included: former Director of Whitley County Mental Health, Whitley County Historical Society and Treasurer of Churubusco Class of 1946 reunion.

An avid bowler, she also enjoyed fishing, softball and traveling. She had visited all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, Haiti, England and Western Europe.

Surviving relatives include three sons, Kerris L. (Nancy) Wright, Dunkirk, OH, L. Douglas (Darleen) Wright, Columbia City and Dr. Phillip C. (Marcia) Wright, Fort Wayne; a daughter, Tonda E. (Brent) Carrick, New Paris; 9 grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; two brothers, James Joseph Shively, Churubusco and Charles Donald Shively, Albion and a sister, Virginia Ruth Grabner, Columbia City.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, David and John Shively.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 29, 2010 at Blue River Church of the Brethren, 3040 E 700N, Columbia City with Rev. Craig Myers officiating. The burial will be in Blue River Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City and 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

Preferred memorials are to Whitley County Historical Society or Whitley County Senior Citizens Center.


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