In memory of
Marilyn Kay Wright
In memory of
Marilyn Kay Wright
Marilyn Kay Wright Jan. 31, 1932 - June 15, 2020 Marilyn was born to Vera and M.C. Jones Jan. 31, 1932. She grew up in the towns of Independence and Lee's Summit near Kansas City, Mo. After high school Marilyn attended Central Missouri State College in Warrensburg, Mo., and was active in the sports of Basketball and Synchronized Swimming. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Education specializing in Physical Education. During her college years she met John F. Wright whom she would later marry. After graduating college, Marilyn and three college friends left Missouri for California and she started teaching in the school districts of Pico Rivera and Whittier in Southern California. Following his return from Army service in the Korean War, John Wright returned to join Marilyn and they were married in Whittier, Calif., in 1955. Marilyn continued to teach Physical Education in the junior and senior High schools when she and John welcomed their first child, Mark, in January 1957. Marilyn's and John's second child, Eric, was born in January 1961 and at that time Marilyn left her teaching career to raise her two boys and support her family's home. Marilyn and family left California for Oregon in the summer of 1965 and they settled in the city of Milwaukie, Ore., which became Marilyn's family home for the next 55 years. Marilyn and John welcomed their third child, Erin, in March 1966. While husband John was working as a territory salesman for firms in the Office Supply industry, Marilyn held the position of "Mom Extraordinaire" by scheduling and keeping the busy family active in elementary, junior high and high school with activities, music lessons, Scouting, band and singing practices, sports and all that encompasses the activities of a 1970's family. Marilyn became a Grandmother to Shannon Wright in December 1987; not just a familial title but a bond that was built on love that earned her the name "Precious," which was the word that Shannon heard from her Grandmother's lips every day to describe the small child that Marilyn cherished with love and devotion. As Marilyn's children grew up, she was able to once again participate in her love of education and became a Board Member for the North Clackamas School District 12 in 1976. Marilyn's compassion and desire for excellence in local child education led her to become the Board Chairwoman of the NCSD12 in 1984 that lasted until she left the board in 1988. Her legacy for her Board position was cemented as a co-creator of the North Clackamas School District Foundation in 1992. This Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of teaching excellence by awarding funding to teachers and schools who are also dedicated to helping local youth with their scholastic education. Following her time spent with the NCSD 12 school board, she became a successful Avon sales representative and received the Avon President's Sales Award consecutively for 20 years! Marilyn and John celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 2005 with family and friends. Their union lasted another nine years as John passed away in 2014. In her last week Marilyn was taken care of by her family and the wonderful nurses of Providence Hospice. She died with dignity and in her own home surrounded by the family she loved. Even though Marilyn loved to have fresh flowers in vases around her home, the family would like to request than in lieu of flowers for her remembrance you consider a gift to the North Clackamas School District Foundation to continue the work that she started. The Foundation can be reached at: ncfoundation@nclack.k12.or.us Funeral services are pending due to group gathering restrictions. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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In memory of
Marilyn Kay Wright
Marilyn Kay Wright Jan. 31, 1932 - June 15, 2020 Marilyn was born to Vera and M.C. Jones Jan. 31, 1932. She grew up in the towns of Independence and Lee's Summit near Kansas City, Mo. After high school Marilyn attended Central Missouri State College in Warrensburg, Mo., and was active in the sports of Basketball and Synchronized Swimming. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Education specializing in Physical Education. During her college years she met John F. Wright whom she would later marry. After graduating college, Marilyn and three college friends left Missouri for California and she started teaching in the school districts of Pico Rivera and Whittier in Southern California. Following his return from Army service in the Korean War, John Wright returned to join Marilyn and they were married in Whittier, Calif., in 1955. Marilyn continued to teach Physical Education in the junior and senior High schools when she and John welcomed their first child, Mark, in January 1957. Marilyn's and John's second child, Eric, was born in January 1961 and at that time Marilyn left her teaching career to raise her two boys and support her family's home. Marilyn and family left California for Oregon in the summer of 1965 and they settled in the city of Milwaukie, Ore., which became Marilyn's family home for the next 55 years. Marilyn and John welcomed their third child, Erin, in March 1966. While husband John was working as a territory salesman for firms in the Office Supply industry, Marilyn held the position of "Mom Extraordinaire" by scheduling and keeping the busy family active in elementary, junior high and high school with activities, music lessons, Scouting, band and singing practices, sports and all that encompasses the activities of a 1970's family. Marilyn became a Grandmother to Shannon Wright in December 1987; not just a familial title but a bond that was built on love that earned her the name "Precious," which was the word that Shannon heard from her Grandmother's lips every day to describe the small child that Marilyn cherished with love and devotion. As Marilyn's children grew up, she was able to once again participate in her love of education and became a Board Member for the North Clackamas School District 12 in 1976. Marilyn's compassion and desire for excellence in local child education led her to become the Board Chairwoman of the NCSD12 in 1984 that lasted until she left the board in 1988. Her legacy for her Board position was cemented as a co-creator of the North Clackamas School District Foundation in 1992. This Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of teaching excellence by awarding funding to teachers and schools who are also dedicated to helping local youth with their scholastic education. Following her time spent with the NCSD 12 school board, she became a successful Avon sales representative and received the Avon President's Sales Award consecutively for 20 years! Marilyn and John celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 2005 with family and friends. Their union lasted another nine years as John passed away in 2014. In her last week Marilyn was taken care of by her family and the wonderful nurses of Providence Hospice. She died with dignity and in her own home surrounded by the family she loved. Even though Marilyn loved to have fresh flowers in vases around her home, the family would like to request than in lieu of flowers for her remembrance you consider a gift to the North Clackamas School District Foundation to continue the work that she started. The Foundation can be reached at: ncfoundation@nclack.k12.or.us Funeral services are pending due to group gathering restrictions. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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