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Doris E. Wright

Doris Eaton Wright, 94, a resident of Maris Grove, Glen Mills, PA, formerly of North Graylyn Crest, Wilmington, DE and the Belmont community, Garnet Valley, PA died on December 27, 2018 at home. She was born on May 15, 1924, in Richmond, Virginia to the late Elizabeth Pratt Eaton and Ralph Carlysle Eaton.

She married John M. Wright, Jr. on August 4, 1945, and resided in Richmond for two years after which they moved to Blacksburg, Virginia while he attended Virginia Tech. They returned to Richmond for two years before moving to Wilmington, Delaware. Doris was employed by the Richmond Public Schools as secretary to the Assistant Superintendent, Virginia Tech as secretary to the Head of the Industrial Engineering Department, and the Alfred I. DuPont School District as a secretary in several schools. She was an active member of St. Albans Episcopal Church, and a volunteer for American Red Cross, Ronald McDonald House, and Delaware Hospice.

She is survived by her two children, Barbara W. Whisman (James) and John M. Wright, III (Marian). Also surviving are five grandchildren, Shannon W. Garrity (James), Lauren W. Cahill (Duke), John M. Wright, IV (Nicole), Megan E. Wright, Brian W. Zulberti (John J. Zulberti, Brian’s father) and six great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Aidan and Declan Garrity, Erin and Tegan Cahill, and Avelle Wright, who were the joy of her life. Also surviving are her sister, Anne Eaton Bonsack, nieces Nancy E. Bonsack and Kathleen H. Kamerick (Steve) and nephews Campbell Harris (Beth), Mitchell A. Harris (Shohreh), and Robert A. S. Wright (Lyn).

Doris was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, John M. Wright, Jr., her sister, Elizabeth Eaton Foster, her nephews, John R. Foster, III and Spencer Wright, and brothers-in-law, Samuel E. Bonsack, III and John R. Foster, Jr.

The family would like to thank the Home Instead caregivers and Delaware Hospice for their exceptional care.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Maris Grove Residence Fund, 100 Maris Grove Way, Glen Mills PA 19342; Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, Newark, DE 19711; or a charity of your choice.

Funeral Services

Friends may call between 1 and 2 p.m. on January 3, 2019, at Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803. The memorial service will follow immediately. Burial will be private.


    Sara mccarthy lit a candle and writes,
    So sorry for the loss of a great woman, mom and nana. Love from the McCarthy family and DeBovis family
    12/28/2018 05:58 pm
    Henry and Patricia Kerth writes,
    John, we are so sorry to here of the death of your mother. May she Rest In Peace. We would normally attend the funeral but are in California until Jan. 4. Rest assured you and your family have our deepest sympathy and your mom is in our prayers. Pat and Henry Kerth
    12/28/2018 06:43 pm
    Sally and Dave McBride lit a candle
    12/29/2018 03:09 pm
    Allan and Maria Samonisky lit a candle and writes,
    We are so sorry for your loss. My mother passed on May 4, 2011. Many people suggested to remember and relive the positive parts of my Mom’s life. That’s exactly what I did. I guess I never knew your mother worked in education. I’m sure she was much appreciated by her colleagues. God bless her and your family.
    12/30/2018 06:38 pm
    Diane Dougherty writes,
    Doris was, is, and will always be such a blessing in my life. In good times and bad, Doris was with me and my family providing comfort, guidance, a listening ear, and a strong shoulder. Doris was my mother’s very best friend, a sister really, and she was like an aunt to me. When my own parents died, the first person I called was Doris. She was at my side in the blink of an eye helping with everything from phone calls to food. I don’t know how I would have survived without her. Doris held me as an infant coming home from the hospital, and she held me up many times during my adult life. I will miss her, and the world will miss her, but I will always remember and learn from her strong yet calming way. As time goes on, I hope you can take comfort in the wonderful, warm memories of your mother that you hold in your hearts and in the knowledge that she was, is, and will always be loved by all who have been blessed with her presence in their lives. With my sincere condolences and love, Diane Dougherty
    12/31/2018 04:01 pm
    Kimberly Myers lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Barbara and John - My condolences on the loss of your mother. She was a great lady, a great friend to my mom - and very, very kind to me growing up. As was your dad. They were an amazing, and to me, glamorous couple. I loved her Virginia accent and her impeccable attire - always. Wish I could be at the service. My thoughts are with you all.
    12/31/2018 04:42 pm
    Nancy Bianchino lit a candle and writes,
    Barbara, I always envied your long, close relationship with your Mother and Father. I enjoyed the lunch the 3 of us had 30 + years ago. I may be miles away, but I support you in your loss. Your friend, Nancy
    01/01/2019 07:56 am
    Jeff and Ellen Erickson lit a candle and writes,
    John, Ellen and I were sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. I am reminded of my father’s death earlier last year and how reassuring it was to see you at his funeral in Wilmington. I wish I could return the gesture, but we are in Austin, visiting our son Daniel over the holidays. Please know that we hold you and your family in our prayers. How fortunate we both are to be able to celebrate such long lives in our parents! May God‘s peace comfort you in this time of loss. Sincerely, Jeff
    01/02/2019 09:08 am
    Janet White writes,
    My deepest condolences to the family. Doris was an exceptional woman, and always, always had a smile and kind words for everyone. I learned a lot from her during my time with her, and will treasure the memories of our 2 years together. She will be greatly missed...
    01/09/2019 06:08 am

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