Monticello – Helen M. Wright, 94, of Monticello, formerly of Cerro Gordo and Lake City, passed away at 2 p.m. Nov. 27, 2012, at the Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at the Church of the Brethren, 102 E. Durfee St., Cerro Gordo, with the Rev. Kurtis Bueltmann officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Hewitt Cemetery, Lovington. Mackey-Wright Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Helen was born May 24, 1918, in LaPlace, the daughter of Ora V. and Jennie (Adkins) Alexander. She married Shelby Elbert Wright on Aug. 26, 1936, in Boody. He passed away April 28, 1997.
Surviving are her sons, Richard (Sherry) Wright of Monticello and Oren (Shirley) Wright of Oakley; daughter, Carolyn (David) Cox of Topeka, Kan.; eight grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband (Elbert), daughter (Barbara), two sisters and two brothers.
Helen retired as an LPN for St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur. Mrs. Wright was born on the Adkins/Alexander farm 1 1/2 miles west of LaPlace. She lived on the home place for 58 years. Mrs. Wright has lived in Piatt County all of her life except for four years. Helen was a great cook, specializing in making noodles and pies. Helen and Elbert co-owned the Wil-O-Lou restaurant in Argenta.
She loved to read, cross stitch and quilt. Helen was an excellent quilter, making many quilts for all of her children and grandchildren.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Church of the Brethren or the Piatt County Nursing Home.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com .