Helen L. Wright, 69

SEPT. 25, 1942-JUNE 23, 2012

June 25, 2012
  • Helen L. Wright
Helen L. Wright

Helen Leona Wright, 69, of Hagerstown, went home to be with Jesus at her home on Fairview Road, on June 23, 2012, surrounded by her loving family.

Born Sept. 25, 1942, in Slanesville, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late James Elmer Wright Sr. and Betty Leona Smoot Wright.

A strong, brave, kind, loving and gentle woman, Helen was always thinking of others and caring for them in whatever way she could. She loved cooking and feeding others as an expression of her love. Few on words yet strong on actions, she was a hero of heroes; never held a public office, had a famous name, but left her imprint on the lives of others by her loving, caring, unselfish deeds. She fought the battle of cancer bravely for more than one year. She kept going until the last few days. Never asked for much in life, yet gave all she had for others. The oldest of 12, she was a second mother to all; an example of what a godly woman should be.

She is survived by two sons, James “Toby” Turvin and Earl “Lynn” Turvin; three sisters, Janice Walling, Dolores Atha and her husband, Ben, and Bonnie Meyers; an adopted sister, Vickie Sellers of South Carolina; five brothers, James Elmer Wright II and wife, Carol, Gary Wright and companion, Gaye, Ray “Bill” Wright and wife, Cathy, Donald Wright, and Karl “Tim” Wright and companion, Tina; two daughters-in-law, Renee and Celeste; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and her faithful companion, Sweet Thing.

She was preceded in death by a son, Jeffery Turvin; and three sisters, Carolyn Guessford Upperman, Debora Coble Duvall and Patricia Ann Wright.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. Pastor Jonathan Laye will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

In addition to flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

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