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OBITUARY

Mary Louise Wright

September 1, 1920July 26, 2020
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Mary Louise Shaffer Wright, 99, of Cordova, TN formerly of Massac County and Metropolis, Illinois, died at her home in Cordova, Tennessee on July 26th, 2020.

Born September 1st, 1920 in Massac County, Illinois, Mr. Wright attended Asbury University (Philosophy and Business) courses, Draughon’s Business College (Business) courses, and Southern Illinois University (interior design) courses. Mary married Rev. Henry Clay Wright of Philadelphia, PA in the Chapel of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY. She and Rev. Wright served faithfully together for many years until Rev. Wright passed in 1972. Together they served a short time in London, England at Trinity Methodist Church. Their charges in the states ranged from Illinois, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and back to Illinois before Rev. Wright’s passing. By request and after Rev. Wright’s death, Mary returned to Trinity Methodist in England for a brief period as a guest speaker. As a friend of Trinity Church, Mary served in multiple capacities as pastor’s wife, evangelistic speaker, Sunday School Teacher, youth leader, substitute school teacher (Business Technologies), choir member, soloist, and accordion musician.

The only daughter of Edgar Loren and Alice K. Shaffer, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Henry Clay Wright, both parents, her elder brother, Rev. Luther E. Shaffer of Memphis, TN and younger brother, William Loren Shaffer of Fremont, OH. Having moved from Metropolis, Illinois in 1974 with her widowed mother, Mary became involved with the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church Women’s Ministry as Adult Sunday School fill-om teacher, supporter of WMU ministry at Raleigh United Methodist Church and Bartlett United Methodist Church. As a faithful member of Bartlett Church, Mary was selected for numerous speaking assignments as well as teaching the senior’s adult ministry class.

Although she never attended a University of Memphis Basketball Game, Mary was still an avid supporter and friend of the Tigers and their Coach, Josh Pastner.

Mary is survived by three nieces: Lanelle Shaffer Ferguson of Memphis, TN; Lily Lighbridge (formerly Judy Shaffer Ashcraft) of Columbus, Ohio; Nancy Shaffer Rottmeyer of Fort Wayne, IN; a great-niece, six great-nephews, a great-great niece, a great-great nephew, and a great-great great niece. She leaves many church friends, her living community, and a multitude of brothers and sisters in Christ. Mary was never afraid to witness about her faith in God. She loved her Savior Jesus Christ, her church, and her family with her whole heart.

Family will receive friends from 12:00pm to 2:00pm on Saturday, August 1st at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 N. Germantown Rd, Bartlett, TN. Services will follow at 2:00pm. Burial will be at Metropolis Memorial Gardens in Metropolis, IL on Monday, August 3rd at 2:00pm.

  • FAMILY

  • Edgar Loren and Alice K. Shaffer, Parents (deceased)
  • Rev. Henry Clay Wright, Husband (deceased)
  • Rev. Luther E. Shaffer, Elder Brother (deceased)
  • William Loren Shaffer, Younger Brother (deceased)
  • Lanelle Shaffer Ferguson, Niece
  • Lily Lightbridge (formerly Judy Shaffer Ashcraft), Niece
  • Nancy Shaffer Rottmeyer, Niece
  • One (1), Great-niece
  • Six (6), Great-nephews
  • One (1), Great-great-niece
  • One (1), Great-great-nephew
  • One (1), Great-great-great-niece
  • She leaves many church friends, her living community, and a multitude of brothers and sisters in Christ.

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Services

  • Family Will Receive Friends

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Monday, August 3, 2020

Memories

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The Rev. R. David ("Pastor Dave") Reynolds

August 5, 2020

I am a retired pastor in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of The United Methodist Church. Although Marion Aldersgate has always been my Home Church, I was good friends of The late Reverend Henry Clay Wright, then pastor of Marion First UMC, and his wife Mary as a 23 year old ministerial student at Asbury Theological Seminary in 1971. I had the honor and privilege of accompanying Clay and Mary on their pulpit exchange to then Trinity Methodist Church in Sutton Surrey, England, in July 1971, and that trip changed my entire life and ministry. I've talked about that trip now for over 49 years. When I was at my first full time pastorate at Marissa, Illinois, United Methodist Church in 1974, Mary was one of three matchmakers to introduce me to my "bride of almost 46 years" Elizabeth Bluff Reynolds. Psalm 116:15 comes to mind as JESUS has called Mary HOME to be with HIM, "Precious in the eyes of the LORD is the death of His saints." We'll always remember you, Mary, and your love for JESUS and His Kingdom.

Barbara Hollis

July 31, 2020

My sympathy to the family of Mary Louise. She and I were in the same circle of United Methodist Women and she had been making her plans to celebrate her 100th birthday, Sep 1. She was a unique lady and will be missed.

JoAnne Eastman

July 28, 2020

I treasured my friendship with Mary Louise. She and I were in UMW at Raleigh United Methodist Church for several years. Recently my husband and I joined the Progressive S.S. class at Bartlett United Methodist Church where we renewed our friendship again. She was such a sweet, sweet lady and we were looking forward to celebrating her 100th birthday with her. Heaven received an angel.

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Biography

Mary Louise Shaffer Wright, 99, of Cordova, TN formerly of Massac County and Metropolis, Illinois, died at her home in Cordova, Tennessee on July 26th, 2020.

Born September 1st, 1920 in Massac County, Illinois, Mr. Wright attended Asbury University (Philosophy and Business) courses, Draughon’s Business College (Business) courses, and Southern Illinois University (interior design) courses. Mary married Rev. Henry Clay Wright of Philadelphia, PA in the Chapel of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY. She and Rev. Wright served faithfully together for many years until Rev. Wright passed in 1972. Together they served a short time in London, England at Trinity Methodist Church. Their charges in the states ranged from Illinois, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and back to Illinois before Rev. Wright’s passing. By request and after Rev. Wright’s death, Mary returned to Trinity Methodist in England for a brief period as a guest speaker. As a friend of Trinity Church, Mary served in multiple capacities as pastor’s wife, evangelistic speaker, Sunday School Teacher, youth leader, substitute school teacher (Business Technologies), choir member, soloist, and accordion musician.

The only daughter of Edgar Loren and Alice K. Shaffer, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Henry Clay Wright, both parents, her elder brother, Rev. Luther E. Shaffer of Memphis, TN and younger brother, William Loren Shaffer of Fremont, OH.
Having moved from Metropolis, Illinois in 1974 with her widowed mother, Mary became involved with the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church Women’s Ministry as Adult Sunday School fill-om teacher, supporter of WMU ministry at Raleigh United Methodist Church and Bartlett United Methodist Church. As a faithful member of Bartlett Church, Mary was selected for numerous speaking assignments as well as teaching the senior’s adult ministry class.

Although she never attended a University of Memphis Basketball Game, Mary was still an avid supporter and friend of the Tigers and their Coach, Josh Pastner.

Mary is survived by three nieces: Lanelle Shaffer Ferguson of Memphis, TN; Lily Lighbridge (formerly Judy Shaffer Ashcraft) of Columbus, Ohio; Nancy Shaffer Rottmeyer of Fort Wayne, IN; a great-niece, six great-nephews, a great-great niece, a great-great nephew, and a great-great great niece. She leaves many church friends, her living community, and a multitude of brothers and sisters in Christ. Mary was never afraid to witness about her faith in God. She loved her Savior Jesus Christ, her church, and her family with her whole heart.

Family will receive friends from 12:00pm to 2:00pm on Saturday, August 1st at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 N. Germantown Rd, Bartlett, TN. Services will follow at 2:00pm. Burial will be at Metropolis Memorial Gardens in Metropolis, IL on Monday, August 3rd at 2:00pm.

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