Ruth Wright

November 2, 1920May 19, 2019

Ruth Wright, 98, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. She was born November 2, 1920 in Whitley County, Indiana to the late Asher and Orpha Smith. She attended International Business College and then spent many years working with her husband in his law practice. She was a very faithful and devout Christian and was an active member of St. Joe United Methodist Church. Ruth is survived by her children, David (Barbara) Wright of Wolcottville and Kathleen Wright (John) Montague of Jacksonville, FL; daughter-in-law, Kathryn Wright of Bloomington, IN; grandchildren, Samuel Wright, Lindsay Montague, Jessica Montague, Jason (Rachel) Wright, and Erin (Christopher) Mauch; and four great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur C. Wright in 1999; son, Dennis Wright; granddaughter, Anne Wright; two sisters; and two brothers. A private service will be held at a later date. Preferred memorials in memory of Ruth may be made to Heart to Heart Hospice. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Wright family.


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Phil Wright

June 4, 2019

To Dave, Kathy and the rest of the family:
I am sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. My memories of "Aunt Ruth" go back a long way (about 60 years actually). She was the matriarch of the branch of the family that I saw as urban and cool; they lived in the "big city!" I always felt comfortable around her because there was a sort of directness and confidence in the way she spoke. Kind of a practical, no-nonsense way of approaching people and life. In the Wright family, the torch has now been passed fully to a new generation, making us the senior members of the family. Time marches on, and waits for no one. I hope you are all comforted by fond memories of your mother's long and memorable life. Again, we send you our heartfelt condolences.
Phil & Marcia

Juditrh Paris

June 2, 2019

I was wondering why she hadn't called to wish me happy birthday when my Kathy called me me in tears because she just read a facebook post saying Aunt Ruth had "just died" I was wanting to go visit her--too late. I used to tease her with hoping she would make 100. She just said "oh. no." I'm ready now. She was such a joy to k now--never a cross word about anybody. I'll miss her (even though I did n't get over to see her often).

Are you having a memorial service? Where? When? I know she will be buried in South Whitley with Uncle A.C.

Steve and Janet Keirn

June 1, 2019

Dave and Kathy and families,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. It is so hard to let go. She was one of the greatest. She was to last of the "bridge club". Your parents were great friends to our parents and we miss them all. So many great memories from our childhood. I will miss her phone calls. Please keep in touch.

Steve and Janet Keirn

Doug and Darleen Wright

May 29, 2019

Ruth was always so welcoming and had a great smile. Hold all your memories in your heart.
Our Sympathy to you all.

Paula Clouse

May 28, 2019

I met Ruth at Woodview when my dad moved there. She was the most positive person I have ever met. She always looked nice and was very friendly every time I saw her. My brother used to bake cookies for her and she loved it! She let me read the book about her life that she wrote for her grandkids. She was truly a special lady and she will be missed.

Betty and Max Whiteleather

May 28, 2019

Max and I have many fond memories of your mom and dad. Along with Helen and Eddie Cornelius, the six of us spent lots of high school and post high school time together. Even after the war, we continued to get together. Your dad was even thebest man at my wedding when Max got home in 1945! Wonderful friends!

Stephen Coburn

May 27, 2019

Dear Kathy,
We were surprised to see your Mom's obituary. Charlotte belongs to Three Rivers Visiting Dogs and visits Woodview every other Tuesday. We occasionally saw your Mom at Bingo night. We saw her just a few weeks ago and she looked fine. On one occasion she did comment to Charlotte that she was ready to go. We enjoyed knowing her over the years and were glad to reconnect with her during the last year.
Best wishes,
Steve and Charlotte Coburn
Churubusco, IN

Jane Zwienink Thompson

May 27, 2019

Dear Family,
My sincere condolences on the passing of Ruth. I just visited her on the day she was going to the Mother’s Day program. I’ve known Ruth since I was a child at church and in the adult choir for many years. She and my Mother, Phyllis Thompson, were good friends (as were many of the ladies in the choir). Those friendships lasted a lifetime and were a blessing. Ruth touched many lives including mine. I think God for her life and the beautiful person she was.
Respectfully, Jane Zwienink Thompson