Helen Wright

Jul 17th, 1932 - May 21st, 2017


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Wed, May. 24th, 2017 5pm-8pm


First Baptist Church

Thu, May. 25th, 2017 10am

Helen Wright

Marion — Helen Wright, age 84, of Marion, IL, passed away Sunday afternoon, May 21, 2017 at Parkway Manor Nursing Home in Marion.

Helen was born on July 17, 1932 in West Frankfort, Illinois, the daughter of Eric and Estella (Anderson) McKee. She married Leland Wright in December 1950 and traveled with him while he was in the U.S. Air Force for four years.

Helen received a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1959 and her Master of Science in Home Economics in 1961, both from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She helped L. Belle Pollard write a book on home economics from 1959-1960 in St. Louis, Missouri.

She began her teaching career in Alton, Illinois. She taught 6th grade and home economics in multiple Illinois school districts retiring in Marion, Illinois in 1989 after nearly a 30 year career.

She and her husband, Leland, had three boys: Donald, John, and Robert.

She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Marion, Illinois. She also helped to start a group called the Southern Illinois Intercessors that went from city to city praying for revival and unity. She had Jesus as her Lord and Savior since she was nine years old and He was a vital part of her life. She loved her family, friends and students. Her life demonstrated the great faithfulness of her Lord.

She is survived by her sons, Dr. Donald Wright of Normal, IL and his daughters, Lauren, Lane, and Logan, her son Robert, his wife Jamie and their children, Emma, Olivia, Jacob, and Jillian, and several nieces and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Eric and Bill McKee, her son John Wright, and her daughter-in-law Lisa (Parrish) Wright.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 10am at First Baptist Church in Marion with Dr. Bob Dickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Tower Heights Cemetery in West Frankfort.  Visitation will be on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 5pm-8pm at Blue Funeral Home in Marion.

For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit bluefuneralhome.com

5 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: C.W. & Mary Jo Moore

    From: Paducah, Kentucky

    Date: May 23, 2017

    Robert & Family,

    We remember Helen from our days at First Baptist. She was a sweet person and was always ready to serve her Lord.

    C.W. & Mary Jo Moore

  • Guest: Lori Creamer

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: May 24, 2017

    Sending your family our prayers. We loved Helen and were blessed with her friendship, love and prayers.

  • Guest: Keith and Dianna Karr

    From: Lavon, Texas

    Date: May 25, 2017

    We are so sorry to hear about Helen. We knew her and Lee from College Avenue Baptist Church. She was just a beautiful person and a faithful servant. Many great memories.

  • Guest: Patti Howard

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: May 30, 2017

    I met Helen while walking West Marion 1 Precinct. She was a welcoming lady and I enjoyed stopping in. In addition to talking about candidates, we would share about God. She was a delight to visit with.

    She was very disappointed when I wasn’t able to get her ballot mailed to her because I didn’t know she was at Parkway Manor.

    Sorry for your loss.

    Patti Howard, Republican Precinct Committeeman
    West Marion 1

  • Guest: Randal Fosse

    From: Chattanooga, Tennessee

    Date: June 3, 2017

    A beautiful soul . . .