Marietta Wright, 91, of Anderson, Indiana, passed away January 20, 2017, at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis.
Mrs. Wright was born on September 17, 1925, in Anderson, to Frank and Zelma Clemons. She was a graduate of Anderson High School and was employed by city of Anderson Parks Department.
Mrs. Wright worked for the Geater Community Center for more than 30 years. Initiating many programs and clubs, she established the first AAU girls basketball team, Geater Center Women's Softball team, which won many league titles; and the Ebony Stars, the first girls softball team to win state and go to nationals. She was involved in the Wapahani Girl Scout Council for many years, serving on the board of directors, special programs task force and as a leader for Brownie, Junior, Senior and Cadet troops.
She served as Vice President and Chairman of Ward 4 Precinct 1, a member of the Madison County Women's Democrats Club, the West Side Progressive Democrat Club and program committee chairperson for the Geater Center Senior Advisory Council. She was recognized as No. 34 Most Influential People in Anderson's history. She has also been honored with the Governor of Indiana's Distinguished Hoosier Award, the Mayor's Chief Anderson Award and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award. September 17, 1984 was proclaimed as "Marietta Wright Day."
Mrs. Wright has been called "a positive role model to young and old alike." She was a member of New Hope United Methodist Church, where she served on the Ushers Board and as a communion steward.
Mrs. Wright loved, bowling, bingo, watching Indiana sports teams and spending time with family and friends.
Mrs. Wright leaves to cherish her memories her daughters, Victoria Burney, Deborah Nunn, and Cheryl (Lawrence) Kayzer, all of Anderson, and Cynthia (Harson) Jackson of Brunswick, Ga.; sister, Geneva Adams; sister-in-law, Barbara Clemons; grandchildren, Laurie Wight-Johnson, Harrison (Jalana) Jackson, Damon (Patrina) Nunn, Teresa (Israel) Jackson, Shonnie (Sean) Daniels, Raesheal (Marcus) Chester, Trevor Nunn, Jada Nunn, Terry (Kimberly) Burney, David Clay (Niquishia) Nunn, Cassius Nunn, Tameko (Willie) Roney, Toneko Kayzer, Lawrence Kayzer III, and Loreko McCullough; 56 great-grandchildren; and 32 great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Wright was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Theodore Wright Jr.; brothers, Frank (Hortense) Clemons, Hugh Lee Clemons and Rev. Clarence Clemons; sisters, Josephine (Richard) Page, and Juanita (Wendell) Crumes; father and mother-in-law, Theodore (Willetta) Wright Sr.; brother and sister-in-law, James (Juanita) Flye, and Ervin (Pearl) Wright.
Services will be noon Thursday at First United Methodist Church, 1215 Jackson St., Anderson. Visitation will be Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon at the church.
Published on January 23, 2017