CAROLYN WRIGHT – Pleasanton Express

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Carolyn Ellis Wright went to meet the Lord on June 8, 2022. She was 88 years old.

She is predeceased by her husband, John Emory Wright, and her son, James Ellis Wright.

She was born on April 9, 1934 to Rufus Ellis and Minnie Paden Fowler in Vicksburg, Mississippi. At age 8, she and her mother moved to San Antonio, where her mother started a job as a switchboard operator at Natalia. Carolyn went to Blessed Sacrament Boarding School, where she loved the Catholic nuns who taught her so many wonderful things, until she was 11 years old. She then attended Edgar Allen Poe Junior High and later graduated from Brackenridge High School in 1952. After graduation, she worked at The Joske Department Store downtown.

One summer evening, she meets her husband John (Jay) Emory Wright at a Hermann Son Ball in San Antonio. For two years, they dated while Jay graduated from Texas State University. After getting married, they moved to College Station where Jay earned his master’s degree in agricultural business, and their first child, Mary Suzanne, was born at that time. After graduation, they moved to Kyote, where Jay began teaching and Carolyn was a stay-at-home mom for six years.

Then in 1966, she joined Jay at Charlotte ISD as a teacher’s aide for two years. She then decided to get her teaching degree and attended San Antonio College before graduating from Texas State University in 1972. Seven months later, their second child, James Ellis, was born in Jourdanton, at Mercy Hospital. Soon after, Carolyn began her teaching career by opening the first kindergarten at Jourdanton ISD. She taught kindergarten there for 30 years, then retired to travel with her husband, Jay.

In 2007, she helped start Our Lady of Grace Catholic School, teaching kindergarten in a renovated three-bedroom house with 30 students. She continued to help and build this school by serving on the school board for the past 15 years, but also by offering advice and buying many necessary supplies, such as educational games and manipulatives. She also filled in whenever they needed her. Today, over 65 students attend Our Lady of Grace Catholic School in Pleasanton, and this place was her pride and joy!

In the meantime, however, she replaced the Jourdanton ISD in high school for about 15 years, teaching many of the same students she had taught in kindergarten so many years before. She still replaced until she was 82 years old. In recent years, she has spent much of her free time playing in Dominoes and Bunco bands and enjoying her beautiful cattle ranch in Kyote. Even so, she missed a lot of replacing in these schools because teaching was the love of her life.

She is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Muennink, two granddaughters, Karla Bedford and Kourtney Muennink, and two great-granddaughters, Kallisyn and Brittyn Bedford.

A visitation was held Monday, June 13 at Hurley’s Funeral Home, Pleasanton, from 2 to 9 p.m., with the recitation of the Rosary at 7 p.m. A mass was celebrated Tuesday, June 14 at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, beginning at 9:30 a.m., followed by interment at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Devine (corner Colonial Parkway and Cemetery Lane).

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Carolyn Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund, care of Our Lady of Grace Catholic School, 626 Market Street, Pleasanton, TX 78064. Phone: 830-569-8073.

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