Marion Stone Wright

Date of Death: 3/18/2019

Marion Stone Wright

February 17, 1918 – March 18, 2019

Marion Stone Wright, a life-long resident of Hollidaysburg, died in her sleep on March 18, 2019 at the Winds at Mattern Orchard. Throughout her 101 years, she had a buoyant, joyous, and loving connection with the people in her life. Marion’s home was the site of legendary celebrations, large and small, that spanned over seven decades. Even into her late 90’s, she danced the Charleston to the delight of her family and friends. With a perennial twinkle in her eye, she was a beacon of grace and charm.

Marion was the daughter of Andrew T. and Helen (Cliber) Stone Jr.  She married Jesse H. Wright, Jr. July 16, 1941 in Hollidaysburg. A World War II veteran, her husband preceded her in death on September 6, 1966. She also was preceded in death by her friend, Dr. Donald M. Stever and her sister, Ruth Stone Slep. She is survived by a son, Jesse H. Wright III, M.D. and his wife, Susanne, of Louisville, KY.; two daughters: Carolyn Wright Reber and her husband, James, of Lima, OH, and Frances Ann Wright and her husband, Brian McMurray, of Cooperstown, NY; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Marion’s roots in Hollidaysburg were deep. She was a descendent of the Holliday family, founders of the town. Another ancestor was a co-founder of the McLanahan Corporation. Marion graduated from Highland Hall in Hollidaysburg in 1935, when it was a noted school for young women. Her four college years at Bucknell University marked the only large span of time she spent away from Hollidaysburg. At Bucknell, she was President of Delta Delta Delta Sorority.

After her children started school, Marion worked as a Secretary for the Hollidaysburg School Board and Hollidaysburg Area School District. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she was a former secretary. Marion also was a member of the Blair County Historical Society, Historic Hollidaysburg, Inc., Friends of the Hollidaysburg Free Public Library, Hollidaysburg Women’s Club, and the Adam Holliday Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The family wishes to thank the fine people who helped Marion stay in her own home until just a few weeks before her death.

Friends will be received from four to seven PM on Thursday, March 21st at First United Methodist Church, Hollidaysburg, where a funeral service will be held at three PM on Friday, March 22nd, The Rev. Dr. John Godissart officiating.

Interment will be at the Presbyterian Cemetery, Hollidaysburg.

The family requests that donations in memory of Marion be made to The Hollidaysburg Area Public Library, 1 Furnace Rd, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648, or The First United Methodist Church, 801 Allegheny St, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.

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