In memory of
Mary Wright
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In memory of
Mary Wright
COLBERT, OKLA. - Mary Wright was born August 23, 1932, in Mead OK., the eldest of ten children born of Elizabeth Belt.She grew up in IT Oklahoma, living in Cartwright, and settling in Colbert. She attended and graduated from Shoemake High School in Colbert, Ok. After graduating, she moved to Phoenix AZ, where she continued her education becoming an LPN and working in various medical facilities throughout the Phoenix area. She also started working as a teacher's aide at Grace United Methodist Church. To the children she became known as "Miss Mary", no child could resist her, and she loved them like they were her own. In Phoenix, she met and married Howard Wallace Reed Sr. They raised two children, Roxanne and Franklyn, including three children from his previous marriage, Dawn, Howard Jr., who preceded her in death, and Eric. She returned to her roots and moved back to Colbert in 1977, and still having an undying love of and for children, she continued working as a teacher's aide at Happy Days Day Care Center. She retired from loving and teaching children to loving and taking care of the elderly, becoming a caregiver for many of the senior citizens she grew up knowing. She enjoyed taking care of and talking with Mama Pal, Miss Willie Mae Payne, Miss Georgia Pressly, and others as they remembered the "good ole days". In 1980 she married Luther Wright. They had a good time sitting on the front porch, smoking their pipes. Luther wanted her pipe to be a corn cob. It was a great joke between them, and together with pipes in hand became the great domino couple that couldn't be beat. She believed in walking the walk, and talking the talk". She sat on the board of the Senior Citizens Center. She volunteered her time answering the phone, monitoring the door during open hours and coordinating meal deliveries with Winson Hannan. She convinced the board to let her keep an extra set of keys to the center (something that was not done at that time) so that anyone that needed to rent it for an occasion, would have easy access to it without have to locate a board member. When asked by the board if she was sure she wanted to do that because she would be responsible for any damages incurred by anyone who rented the center with her permission, she replied "that won't be a problem." And it never was. Being an ex councilman, Luther encouraged her to run for city council of Colbert. She did, and she won, serving from 1997 to 2005 as a Trustee of Ward 4. She also served as interim mayor for a short time, filling in until a mayor could be council-elected. When encouraged from all sides to keep the position, she said "No I can't. I'll say something I shouldn't and I don't have time for stuff that could jeopardize my crown"! It was her decision to rename 1st street Martin Luther King but the council's decision to rename 2nd street in honor of Luther Wright. Staying in the political line, she became an active member of the Democratic Women's Party of Bryan County and The Bryan County OCES Rural Development Council. She enjoyed that most of all, meeting with senators and representatives who valued her opinions and helped her resolve community issues she felt were important. Under the patronage of Worthy Patron Hugh H. Dawson and Worthy Matron Marie Dawson, she was inducted into the Eastern Star. Elmira Chapter No. 14. Ms. Wright was loved by all who knew her. Always remembered by the first time they ever met her. "Sis" was loved by all of her brothers and sisters. Being the eldest, she took that responsibility very seriously. "Miss Mary" was loved by all she came to know on a day to day basis. The friendly smile and friendly hug she had every time she was approached. "Aunt Mary" was loved by all of her nieces and nephews. She was that "Auntie" to which confidences could be revealed, knowing that confidence would never be broken. That someone to go to when no one seemed to understand. "Mother Wright" was loved by all. It was her pleasure to mother when mothering was needed. Preceding her in death: Her mother Elizabeth Belt, father Toussaint Counter, brothers Lester Ruth (Pete), Raymond Randolph and Butch Counter. sisters Mildred Pierce, Teddie Gilkey and Edna Givens. Mary leaves to mourn her daughter, Roxanne Reed, Colbert, son Franklyn Reed Sr,, Denison TX, Two sisters Bernice Bibbs, Houston TX, Clarice Johnson, Denison TX. Three brothers Doyle Belt, Phoenix AZ, Otis Belt, Hepzibah GA, and Gene Counter Los Angeles CA. and one uncle, Jack Burnett, Ft Worth TX; three step-daughters, Claudia Grose- Colorado, Dawn Harris and Lauren Clay, Phoenix AZ. and step-son, Eric Reed also of Phoenix AZ; 15 Grandchildren: Natalie, Kelly, and David Jones. Rhonda Taylor, Cassaundra Torries, Sherrie Harris, Wayne Harris Jr. Troy Reed, Richelle Reed, Howard Reed Jr, Erica Reed, Eric Brian Reed, Drake Shives, Franklyn Reed Jr, and Sean Reed, 30 great-grandchildren and a host of loving nieces and nephews. Mary will lie in repose Friday, February 17 for public viewing beginning at 12 PM (noon) until 8 PM in Waldo Funeral Home. The Home-Going Celebration will be Saturday, Feb. 18 at 10 AM in the Hopewll Missionary Baptist Church in Colbert, Oklahoma. Rev. E.D. Fields will officiate and Rev. C. Thornton will deliver the eulogy. The funeral cortege will then proceed to the Maple-Grove Garden on the grounds of Fairview Cemetery in Denison where Mary will be placed in her earthly bed. These services have been entrusted to James E. Smith and the professionals of Waldo Funeral Home, Sherman, Texas. You may sign the online register at
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