OBITUARY

Helen Jean Wright

August 3, 1923April 29, 2021

Helen J. Wright, 97, of Mesa, Arizona, formerly of Streator, Illinois, passed away April 29th, 2021.

She was born August 3,1923 in Odell, Illinois to Harry and Hazel (Ely) Hansen. She graduated from Odell Public High School in 1941, then attended Bradely University. On July 19th, 1943, she married the love of her life, Thomas E. Wright. They were married for 64 wonderful years. Helen had worked at Copen's Restaurant, Goslin's Drug Store and also the Garnet Factory before raising her family. Helen was a devoted wife, mom, and grandmother. She enjoyed dancing with her sweetheart, gardening and taking care of her beautiful flowers. She also enjoyed cooking, baking and sewing. She always had a love for animals. She enjoyed horseback riding as a young girl and also had many furry kids throughout the years. But her true joy was raising her children, watching them grow up, spending time with them and her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas E. Wright, her son Richard D. Wright, her brothers Ralph and Edward Hansen and sister Marolyn (Elmer) Garrison. She is survived by her son Thomas (Ann) Wright, Sandra (Robert) DuPriest, Gayle (John) Reiken and Lori (Felix) Gutierrez and sisters Betty (John) Kochis and JoAnn (James) Armstrong, 16 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 9 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Helen was a devout Catholic and was a member of St. Anthony's Church, of Streator, Illinois, and Holy Cross Catholic Church, of Mesa, Arizona.

Helen was a great example to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed, but her legacy will live on in the lives of her family and friends.

Services

29 May

Visitation

9:00 am - 10:15 am

Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park and Funeral Care

400 South Power Road
Mesa, AZ 85206

29 May

Funeral Mass

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Holy Cross Catholic Church

1244 S Power Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85206

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Jodie Lynn (Wright) Connelly

May 14, 2021

Grandma Helen was a mother to me. I have the fondest memories of her picking rhubarb from the garden and hanging clean laundry on the line with her. I will always remember the way she rubbed Vicks on me when I was sick and will always be comforted by that memory. She was the finest, most beautiful person I have ever known and her love and care saved me. I wish her great happiness and eternal peace in Heaven with her loving husband and my dad and would be honored for her to watch over me from Heaven 💗 I love you to the moon and back Grandma Wright

Beth Crouch

May 13, 2021

Rest In Peace Aunt Helen. Love, Beth, Archie and family.

Gayle Reiken

May 13, 2021

Thanks for all the countless things you did for us . We would always say we wish we had your energy , you amazed us . I miss everything about you Mom , your voice , smile and the times we would laugh at something so silly , tears would run down our faces . Remembering coming home to the smell of something baking in the oven and waiting to taste it . Homemade cocoa , homemade bread and your rhubarb pie and rhubarb crunch which were everyone's favorite .
The times you and Dad would make homemade ice cream . We would get so excited taking turns churning it with Dad . I can taste it now . I have so many memories that I could go on and on . You made our home safe and full of love . I wish every child out there could have that , what a wonderful world it could be . We knew we were loved . Thank you for our faith in God , another wonderful gift you gave us . Sitting next to you in Church , I would sometimes start to cry because having you next to me meant so much and knowing someday it would be John and I alone . I'm so proud and blessed to be your daughter . My heart aches and the tears flow but it all comes from the love for you Mom . All my love forever and Holy Hugs .

Tammy Hammond

May 13, 2021

Memories of Aunt Helen--
She would always give us little cups of cold kool-aid.♡
She would get on to us for coming home with purple stains on our clothes from eating mulberries right off the tree.♡
She always made me feel welcome at her house.♡
She made the best cherry pie!♡
She always made me feel safe and comfortable at her house. ♡
She always made sure we were warm enough, or cool enough, had full bellies, and was tucked in at bedtime. ♡
Aunt Helen was such a kind, beautiful, special lady. I don't have alot of good childhood memories, but she was a big part of the ones I do have. ♡
Rest easy with Uncle Tom♡
Love, Tammy

Lori Wright Gutierrez

May 11, 2021

Thank you so much mom for being a very devoted and loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend. You were always there for us to help in any way. Your generosity , love and support meant the world to me. I also admired your strength. Through your example, I learned to stand up and advocate for myself and others when necessary. I’m so grateful for all the homemade meals you made very single day and for all the amazing cookies, bread and pies you made for us all through the years. I do believe that is why I have always enjoyed to cook and bake too. Thank you so much for getting up earlier every morning to make us breakfast before school. You didn’t have to do that, but that’s the kind of mom you were, always going above and beyond for your family. I would also like to thank you for taking my brothers and sisters and I to church and for practicing your faith throughout your life. I will forever cherish all the wonderful memories of you and dad and I’m so glad we captured so many of those memories in pictures through the years! I feel so blessed to be your daughter. I miss you more than words can say. I will love you always and forever mom. ♥️

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