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Patricia Wright

Patricia Ann Wright, 62, of Smithfield, passed away at 9:00 PM Monday December 7, 2015 at OSF St Francis Medical Center, as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage, the final chapter in a long series of strokes and courageous recoveries.
She was born March 25, 1953 in Winona, MN, the daughter of Eldon and Mary Winnifred (Krage) Schramm. She married Robert Clayton Wright on June 9, 1973 at the Winona Church of the Nazarene. Robert survives with two sons, Andrew (Audrie) Wright of Portland, OR; John Wright of Boston, MA; one daughter, Stephanie (Matt) Oost of Peoria; and two grandchildren, Eowyn Wright and Anna Oost. Also surviving are Pat’s mother-in-law, Mary Ruth Wright of Smithfield, IL; her brother, John (Barbara) Schramm of Plymouth, IN; and sister, Mary (Alfred) Schaar of Stuttgart, Germany. She was preceded in death by her parents and her father-in-law, Clayton Wright.
After graduating from Olivet Nazarene University, Pat taught elementary and high school music in the Bushnell-Prairie City and Cuba School Districts, maintaining a lifelong membership in the Phi Delta Lambda International Honor Society. She was a highly active member of the Smithfield Church of the Nazarene for 38 years, serving at various points as choir director, worship leader, NYI director, Sunday school superintendent, VBS director, and organizer of many other activities for children and teenagers, whom she loved. She was an avid reader, a writer of choral arrangements, skits, and plays, and a performer in local ensembles. Her beautiful soprano voice was often heard in local church services, weddings, funerals, and as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah.
A memorial service will held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Smithfield Church of the Nazarene with Reverend Dean Potts officiating. Visitation will be held Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Cuba, and also one hour prior to services at the church. Interment of ashes will be in Baughman Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries or the Illinois Neurological Institute Rehabilitation Center. To view Pat’s life tribute video or to send condolences visit

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