Obituary: Mary Wright


Mary Wright

April 8, 1921–April 16, 2021


Mary Wright passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 16, 2021. Angels are found in heaven, but Mary was an angel here on Earth. Mary was born in Ollala, WA, on April 8, 1921, as one of nine children born to Austin and Mary Braaten.

Mary grew up through the Great Depression and she knew how to save. She graduated from South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard in the top ten of her class in 1939. She met Art Wright in Bremerton, Washington in the spring of 1943. Art was stationed at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and they were married in September of 1943. They both loved to dance. Mary and Art were blessed with three children.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, eight siblings, her husband, and son in-law George Wilkins. She is survived by her daughter Karen Wilkins of Blaine; and sons Gary (Kathy) Wright, of Palm Desert; and Bill (Kristi) Wright of Blaine. She is also survived by her grandchildren Fred (Sharon) Chadwick; Casey (Jim) Mark; Will Wright; Greg (Jara) Wright; April (Kevin) Karreci; and Leah (Cory) Crews. Along with nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

April 8, 2021 was Mary’s 100th birthday. The “Today Show” presented Mary’s picture on a jar of Smucker’s Jam that morning. She celebrated with almost all of her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Mary touched a lot of lives in her one hundred years in a very kind and generous manner. “Gramma Mary” was a very special lady to all of us, especially the grandchildren and their friends. They loved her cookies and the great home cooked meals. She was the most wonderful mother, grandmother, and friend that anyone could ask for.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Christian Health Care Center for their wonderful care the last two years. A graveside service will be held in Ollala, WA on May 22 to honor the life of Mary.

If everyone were like Gramma Mary, this would truly be a wonderful world!


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