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Dorothy M. Wright, 99, of Middletown, passed away at her residence with her family by her side on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.
She was born April 18, 1917, in Daleville, to Walter and Mae (Scott) Hodson. Dorothy was a 1935 graduate of Daleville High School and worked in the cafeteria at Shenandoah High School for many years. She was the first woman appointed to the Middletown Park Department. Her appointment began in October 1978 and she served until June 1998, thereby serving the community nearly 20 years.
Dorothy will be greatly missed by her three children, Jerry L. (wife, Faye) Wright of Florida, Linda Nightenhelser of Florida, and Berneta Hall of Middletown; her sister-in-law, Betty Hodson of Anderson; 12 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and 24 great-great grandchildren.
Dorothy was known as the grandmother to all the kids on the west end of Middletown.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leonard Wright; daughter, Phyllis Wright; four brothers, GK Hodson (wife, Helen), Bob Hodson, Kenneth Hodson (wife, Martha), and Steven Hodson; three sisters, Lois Strohm (husband, Johnny), Jean Nixon (husband, Allen), and Bernadine Hodson.
Services to celebrate Dorothy's life will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Ballard and Sons Funeral Home, 118 S. Fifth St., Middletown, with Pastors Maynard Powell, Michelle Brown, and Marty Ballard officiating. Burial will follow in Miller Cemetery.
Friends and family may visit from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Lions Eye Bank or Middletown Park Department with envelopes available at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.ballardandsons.com.
Published on March 30, 2017
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