Mary Katherine Sheftall Wright

January 5, 1943November 11, 2010

Mary Katherine Sheftall Wright, 67, wife of Clymer Wright, died of heart failure November 11 at Memorial Hermann Hospital - Northwest in Houston. She was born in Houston January 5, 1943, the daughter of Alice Elliott Sheftall and Del M. Sheftall. Katherine is survived by her husband, Clymer; daughter Lisa Kay Baker of Paso Robles, California; brother Dell M. Sheftall, Jr. and his wife Audrey, of Kerrville, Texas; sister Sarah Virginia Lemmon of Richmond, Texas, nephews Dell M. Sheftall, III; Bill Sheftall, and James Lemmon; nieces Kimberly Sheftall Curtis; Kelley Sheftall; Ginabeth Osgood, and Valerie Gelfand. Grand niece Haley Millsap, age 7, lived with Katherine and Clymer for most of her young life. Katherine gave her her love, care and guidance as long as she was physically able. Katherine was loved by more than a score of nieces, nephews and cousins. For the past 15 years Katherine was one of the top insurance agents in the nation for Aflac and proud to be affiliated with a company that consistently is chosen as the most ethical insurance company in the world. As a result of her performance she won trips to many exotic places. She was greatly loved by her employees and co-workers. In her earlier career, Katherine was in charge of public relations for the Whitehall Hotel and worked for seven years at M.D. Anderson hospital. Katherine was graduated from Lamar High School, where she was an ROTC sponsor, and later attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. As an amazing daughter, Katherine lived and cared for her mother, Alice until her final days at 105 years young. Katherine enabled her daughter, Lisa to travel and live abroad and supported her move to California, her eventual home. Among Katherine’s most valuable assets were her love of life and her ability to talk to anyone, anywhere about anything. A lifelong Baptist, Katherine was a member of Christ Church Baptist Fellowship and attended First Baptist Church for many years. She was a member of the Junior League and an avid volunteer worker for the American Cancer Society. Together with her husband, Clymer, she initiated the City of Houston charter amendment in 1994 that limited the tenure of elected city officials to three two-year terms. Funeral services for Katherine will be at 2 P.M. Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at First Baptist Church, 7401 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77024. The family will greet friends at a visitation at First Baptist Church from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, November 15, 2010 Serving as honorary pall bearers will be Rob Burchfield, Mike Cassidy, Bob Hinsley, James Lemmon, Lee Thomas and Joe Wells. Officiating at the services will be pastors John Pope and Aubrey Vaughan. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to the Center for Hearing and Speech, 3636 West Dallas, Houston, TX 77019 in Katherine’s honor.


  • Greeting of Friends and Visitation Monday, November 15, 2010
  • Funeral Services Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Mary Katherine Sheftall Wright

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Kristin Hart

November 15, 2010

I will miss Katherine greatly. She was such a beautiful woman that had such a great spunk, told great stories, and inspired me to further my interest in art. The few times I spent with Katherine were golden and I will cherish them forever.

Charles Sheftall, Jr

November 15, 2010

My condolences to the family. Katherine was a half aunt to me. A chance phone call and a conversation over lunch was my only meeting with her but I knew she was a good person.