Gloria A. Wright, 79, Luther Acres, head cook at Farmdale Elementary, gifted gardener

By on October 1, 2014

Gloria A. (Gibbons) Wright, 79, of Columbia, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 at Luther Acres in Lititz following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Born in Harrisburg, she was the wife of the late John Frederick Wright Jr., and the daughter of the late Earle and Lura (Heck) Gibbons.

A talented gardener, she was an expert in growing roses, zucchini, and tomatoes; her garden was named a wildlife preserve by the National Wildlife Federation. Gloria loved birds and enjoyed watching, collecting, and reading books about them.

Gloria was employed for a number of years as the head cook at Farmdale Elementary School until her retirement.

She could always be heard singing a song. She was an active member of Hempfield United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the choir and the church senior group. Gloria also volunteered with Mother’s Morning Out and the nursery. She could be seen at the Welcome Desk where she greeted everyone with her warm smile.

She is survived by three sons: Jon Wright and his wife Karen, of Landisville; Keith Wright and his wife Debbi of Waxhaw, N.C.; and Dave Wright of Lititz; five grandchildren: Stephanie, Christopher, Bradley, Aaron, and Kayelei; and one great-grandson: Parker.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, at Hempfield United Methodist Church, 3050 Marietta Ave, Lancaster, with Pastor Bruce Lefever officiating. Friends will be received at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Silver Spring Cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers. Memorial contributions in Gloria’s memory may be made to Hospice and Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604 or to Alzheimer’s Association, 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

To place a condolence online, visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, Lancaster, handled the arrangements.

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