Lorraine Wright, 1918 ~ 2011

“Mary” Lorraine Wright passed away April 16, 2011. She was born on Nov. 15, 1918 in Trivoli, Ill., to Hazel and William Stalter, who were farmers.

Lorraine was the oldest of four girls. She always said she felt lucky that she lived on a farm during the Depression because there was enough food to eat and share. She embraced the Baha’i Faith when she was 18 years old.

She married Ralph E. Wright on April 3, 1942, with whom she had six children. They spent the early years of their marriage in Niigata, Japan, where Ralph was serving in the Army. Their oldest son was born there. They returned to Trivoli and they raised their six children in Illinois and Rochester, Minn. They were divorced in 1984 and Lorraine spent the next 20 years of her life in Mission, S.D. on the Rosebud Reservation, where she made many dear friends.

She joined her son, Doug Wright, his wife, Emily and their children in Montevideo, Minn. in 2005, and spent the final year and a half of her life with her son, Tim HarkWright and his wife Melody in Castle Valley, Utah.

She spent a lifetime of dedicated service to her family, her faith and her community. She touched the hearts of everyone she came into contact with and every home she lived in was a magnet for her community. She spent her life teaching children.

Lorraine was a Girl Scout leader and trainer of leaders, a teacher of Creative Play for Tots at the YMCA, a volunteer in her children’s school, a teacher of Baha’i children and adult classes. She was a life-long scholar, whether she was studying about other cultures, comparative religion or child development and she loved art.

She was a passionate advocate for honoring diversity of race, religion and culture. She reached out with love, kindness and graciousness to everyone she came into contact with and brought much joy, love and laughter to those around her.

She loved and spoiled all animals, including the anthill in her backyard in Mission, which was the lucky recipient of leftover peanut butter sandwiches. She always had a jar of cookies or crackers to share with a child.

She is survived and greatly missed by two of her sisters, Elinor Wolff and Lois McCoy; her six children, Stephen, Jeff (Esper), Alison (Tod Ewing), Doug (Emily), Cassie (Marc Bodine) and Tim (Melody); her 11 grandchildren, Angela (Karim Ewing-Boyd), Tori (Sara-Bridgett Moore), Chelsia, Alexis, Michael, Tim, Nick, Hayden, Nate, Cassie, Sophia; three great-grandchildren, Ananda, Satiya and Zaynab; former daughters-in-law, Jennifer Schwanberg and Mary Wright; nieces and nephews and hundreds of friends.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Marilyn Wilcox, her daughter-in-law, Louise, and her two grandchildren, Talia Ewing and Colin Wright.

Lorraine will be remembered for the delight she took in every day, her laughter and her many thoughtful questions about the universe.

Services will be held Thursday, April 21 at 1:30 p.m. at the Grand Center, 182 North 500 West, in Moab. Interment will follow at Castle Valley Cemetery. Arrangements were by Kimmerle-Hefner Funeral Home.

The family suggests contributions to the Moab Valley Multicultural Center, P.O. Box 55, Moab, UT, 84532.