Elizabeth Wright dies in San Jose

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Elizabeth Ann Wright of Mobridge, age 89, passed away peacefully in her home in San Jose, California on June 5, 2012.

She is survived by her children, Patricia Harrington (Daniel), Michael Wright (Janet), Deborah Hawekotte (John), Monica Della Maggiore (Frank), Douglas Wright (Kerry), Marcia Patino (Fred) and Elizabeth Wright II; grandchildren, Jennifer, Brigid, Colleen and Tracy Harrington, Michael and Ryan Wright, Lauren, Kelly, John and Caitlin Hawekotte, Timothy, Christopher and Megan Della Maggiore, Madison, Mallory and Mara Patino; and great-grandchildren: Grayson, Miranda, Coleman, Casey, Owen, William, Jack,

Grady, Kyla, Merritt, Hollis, Audrey and Henry.

She was pre-deceased by her loving husband Henry Wright in 2011 and by her sister, Elaine Belardi.

Elizabeth (Betty) Ann was born to Hazel and Lewis Hase in Redfield and raised in Mobridge.  She graduated from Mobridge High School, where she met her future husband Hank, and went on to earn a nursing degree from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing at Creighton University.

She wed Hank in California on May 18, 1945.  A compassionate and nurturing spirit, Betty Ann practiced as a registered nurse for many years in the San Jose area.

She devoted her life to raising her seven children, and during their school years was a member of the mothers’ guilds at her children’s schools.

Betty Ann loved welcoming new babies into her family and was a doting Nanny, actively involved in the lives of her 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her family, she had a close circle of dear friends and for many years enjoyed a monthly birthday celebration lunch with the ladies.  There was always a place for everyone at her table and in her gracious heart.

Dedicated mother and grandmother, Betty Ann is the foundation of her family and is dearly loved.  We will miss seeing her beautiful face and hearing her comforting voice, but her legacy of compassion and love will carry on.

A long-time parishioner of St. Martin of Tours in San Jose, Betty Ann had a beautiful singing voice, which could often be heard from her seat at Saturday’s five o’clock mass.

A memorial service celebrating her life was held Monday, June 11, 2012, at St. Martin of Tours in San Jose.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org) or a charity of your choice.

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