Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home

2408 West Willow Knolls Drive, Peoria, IL


Adell L. Wright

April 24, 1929October 4, 2019

WEST PEORIA – Adell L. Wright, 90, of West Peoria, IL, passed away at 1:30 a.m. Friday, October 4, 2019, at UnityPoint Methodist in Peoria. She was born on April 24, 1929, in Petersburg, Illinois, to Harry and Lois (Ritter) McMillan. She married Vernon Wright in Peoria, IL on March 6, 1946. He preceded her in death on May 11, 2007. Surviving are their daughter Susan L. (Larry) Renner of Peoria, IL, James V. (Toby) Wright of Glorieta, NM, and Barbara A. (Bob) Wright-Anders of Arlington Heights; six grandchildren Matthew Baum, Amanda (Matt) Cusack, Jessica (Ty) Gordon, Kyle (Bill) Lahl, Kurt Wright, and Elizabeth (Nick) Jones; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, and six brothers. Adell was a wonderful mother, always involved with her children’s school activities. One of her proudest moments was when her son, Jim achieved his Eagle Scout award. Adell was a Nursey School Program Director at the Magic Box Nursery School for the Peoria Park District and retired in 1980 after working for 20 years. After retiring, Adell and her husband, Vernon became involved in the antique business. The two of the them attended auctions, had booths at local antique malls, and were well known for setting up at flea markets. When Vernon became interested in the sport of running, Adell would travel with Vernon and her daughter Susan to various races to watch them run. Adell was an avid reader of mystery and western novels and shared the love of television series such as Murder She Wrote and Diagnosis Murder with her granddaughter Amanda. Adell would often say she wanted to write the “Great Novel” and “Paint the Great Picture”. She had a love of writing poetry and drawing in her spare time. She was a wonderful artist. In her younger years, she and her daughter Susan would attend ceramic classes, painting items to give as gifts to family and friends. Recently, Adell discovered the love of rock painting. Her son Jim would send her rocks from New Mexico, and she found great joy in painting the rocks with her daughter Susan. She also loved doing word search puzzles and spending time on Facebook catching up with friends and family. She was an avid collector of Santa Clauses and Kewpie dolls and could tell you the story behind everyone she owned. One of Adell’s greatest joys in her life was her grandchildren. She never missed a race, a birthday, or any chance to spend time with Matt and Amanda. Adell loved to shop. Once a week, she and her daughter Susan would go shopping and have lunch together. Her holidays were always spent with Susan’s family and matching Christmas pajamas were a must. Planning the holiday menu with her daughter Susan was always very important to Adell. Every holiday meal had to include, of all things, potato salad. Adell will be missed by all her family and friends. Her wit and humor were one of a kind, and she was loved by all who knew her. Adell’s funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service at funeral home. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or American Cancer Society or Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be left for Adell’s family at www.woolsey-wilton.com.


  • Harry McMillan, Father
  • Lois (Ritter) McMillan, Mother
  • Vernon Wright, Husband
  • Susan L. and Larry Renner, Daughter
  • James V. and Toby Wright, Son
  • Barbara A. and Bob Wright-Anders, Daughter
  • Matthew Baum, Amanda and Matt Cusak, Jessica and Ty Gordon, Kyle and Bill Lahl, Kurt Wright and Elizabeth and Nick Jones, Grandchildren
  • Five Great Grandchildren
  • Adell was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and six brothers.

  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Cancer Society
  • Alzheimer's Association



  • Visitation Wednesday, October 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 9, 2019


  • Burial


Adell L. Wright

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Elizabeth Jones

October 14, 2019

I have many memories of going to visit my Grandma Wright when I was a kid and when I would go Peoria,IL with my Mom and Dad. The best memory of all is how my Grandma Wright introduced me to the world of Barbie and I have Barbie doll cases were passed down to me in my playroom along with my Barbie collection that my family helped accumulate over the years. So I will miss my Grandma Wright but she lived a long life with many adventures that she enjoyed. Love,Elizabeth

Randy Ziffren

October 8, 2019

I knew Adell some through Susan and found her to be a wonderful human being with tremendous love of family and a strong independent spirit with a lot of spunk and pride. To Susan, Matt and Amanda and the rest of your family, please accept my sincere condolences. I know she will be deeply missed but I also know that you have many wonderful memories. Randy Ziffren

Tracey Kupper

October 7, 2019

My mother lives at Heartis Village and I met Adell there. We ate lunch together several times and she was the life of the party. I’m so sorry to hear of her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Cathleen Heck

October 7, 2019

It has only been a short time ago that I had the chance to be part of Adell’s life when came to live at the Heartis Village of Peoria Community. Adell was very fun to be around with her great since of humor, the staff and I loved her humor. Adell loved her family deeply and spent may hours talking about her grandchildren and great granddaughter. Adell was a wonderful lady and will be deeply missed.

Mary Bachler

October 6, 2019

Over the last 10 yrs me and Auntie grew very close. We spent so much time together and talked and laughed. She helped me with my Ancestry Research and was a wealth of info. I loved her very much. She was a special lady in my life. I send prayers to all the family. Her last words to me were, "I will see you in Heaven." Fly High With The Angels Auntie Della Bella