Celebration of Life party August 25th for Dorothy G. Wright, 1925-2019

Family and friends will gather August 25th to celebrate the life of Dorothy Wright:

Dorothy Gloria Wright passed away at the age of 93 at Harborview Hospital, on July 28, after being struck by a car in a crosswalk at Jefferson Square on July 26.

Dorothy was born at home in Fairdale Township, North Dakota in 1925, the youngest of 6 children. After graduation from Crookston MN High School, she moved to Chicago to live with her oldest sister and family. She worked as a model at Sears. She met her future husband , Everett, who just happened to be her sister’s brother-in-law, at Christmas, while he was on leave from the Army Air Corp. They wrote for 8 months, became engaged on his next leave, and married two days later (technically their 4th date). They were married for 72 years, until his passing in 2016.

In 1956, they left Chicago with their children Wendy and Brad and moved to West Seattle, where several family members had relocated. They lived in their West Seattle house for the rest of their lives.

Dorothy was a homemaker, active in the PTA, Cub Scouts, Camp Fire Girls, and bowling leagues. When the kids were out of grade school, she went back to work at Sears on First and Lander in the catalog sales department, until her retirement in 1987.

During their married life, Dorothy and Everett went on 28 cruises (Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean and the Panama Canal.) They loved to dance together at White Center Eagles, play the slots, and meet other travelers.

Mom loved playing Copper Dropper slot machines at the Tulalip and Emerald Queen Casinos, having a rum and coke at 5 pm, her water aerobics class at the West Seattle YMCA, happy hour at Salty’s with her 90+-year-old friends, chicken fingers and fries at the Luna Park Café and her family.

Dorothy leaves behind her daughter, Wendy (Michael) Hobson, son Brad (Colette) Wright, and her grandsons, Aaron & Shawn Hobson and Carson Wright. She also leaves her sister Violet Denison and many nieces and nephews in Seattle and across the USA.

A Celebration of Life party will be held on Sunday, August 25, 1-4 pm at the American Legion Hall at 37th and Alaska in West Seattle. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the West Seattle Family YMCA, 3622 SW Snoqualmie St., Seattle 98126.

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12 Replies to "Celebration of Life party August 25th for Dorothy G. Wright, 1925-2019"

  • Sarah August 15, 2019 (11:15 pm)

    I’m so, so sad to hear that she passed away.  I hope her last days were as ok as possible. Was so devastated to read about her injuries. Sounds like a wonderful life and person. I didn’t know her but I wish I had. Hugs and peaceful wishes to her friends and family.

  • Al August 16, 2019 (8:08 am)

    What a nice life. I hope the driver reads this.  WE  all   have to watch out for drivers in that area.  The drivers do not care.Wsb thanksf or posting this.

    • Olafur August 16, 2019 (9:59 am)

      Please know that some of us DO care and we DO watch out for pedestrians.  I just wish MORE of us did so.  I’m sure the driver in this incident is remorseful and horrified at the pain and devestation they’ve caused.  My deepest condolences to Dorothy’s family.

  • Mj August 16, 2019 (9:10 am)

    This is so sad and was avoidable with better design, in particular back in angle parking!  

  • MK August 16, 2019 (10:22 am)

     It sounds like she lived a beautiful life.  My heart goes out to the Wright/Hobson Family

  • Kathy August 16, 2019 (12:39 pm)

    Rest in Peace, Dorothy. Condolences to friends and family. I don’t understand how this could have happened.  I heard both that the driver was backing up and that Dorothy was in a crosswalk. Drivers, please respect the crosswalks, what reason could there be for a driver to be backing into a crosswalk?Those spaces are for pedestrians. We have had 3 senior citizens hit by cars in West Seattle in the space of 23 days. Two were in crosswalks and have died from their injuries. I hope the gentleman who was hit while trying to get to a bus on Admiral Way on July 15th is able to recover from his injuries.

  • Lisa August 16, 2019 (1:57 pm)

    While I’m so very sorry for your loss (and angry about how it happened), I also love how this obituary is written. The fact that she had a rum and coke every day at 5 puts a smile on my face. It seems that she understood the simple pleasures of life….very wise…and a good lesson for we middle-agers. 

  • Thomas Wood August 16, 2019 (2:56 pm)

    Some of fondest memories as a kid.Was going over to the Wright’s house after to school to play.Upon entering the house you would be overwhelmed with the smell  of something freshly baked.She would always ask if we would like a treat.Mrs Wright a incredibly nice lady! My sincere condolences

    • Wendy Wright Hobson August 16, 2019 (8:43 pm)

      Thank you for the lovely memory Tom.  Please say hello to Don for me.

  • LK August 16, 2019 (3:28 pm)

    What a beautifully lived life and lovely woman.  Heartbroken to hear she succumbed to her injuries…sincere condolences to her family.

  • Greg Cain August 17, 2019 (9:06 am)

    My memories of Mrs. Wright are the same as Tom’s. She always made you feel welcome in their home when coming over to play after school at Genesee Hill. I am very saddened to hear of her passing, My sincere sympathies to Brad, Wendy,  Mike, and the kids,

  • David and Cathy August 18, 2019 (4:20 pm)

    It’s been several years now, but we lived across the street from Dorothy and Everett for a few years and considered them wonderful neighbors.  Such nice people.  He would come over to chat when we were out doing something in the yard or having a yard sale.   Dorothy would often be out doing things in their yard.  We would see them leaving for their dance outings.  Sincere sympathies to the family.  Your parents were very fine people and we loved being their neighbors.

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