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Maryellen Wright

February 12, 1930 ~ January 28, 2018 (age 87)

    Maryellen (Mitchell) Wright, age 87, a resident of rural Portland passed away on Sunday January 28, 2018 at Swiss Village in Berne, Indiana.

     Maryellen was born February 12, 1930 in Delaware County Indiana, the daughter of Emerson and Belle (Gilmer) Mitchell. Maryellen graduated Valedictorian from Gray High School in 1948. Maryellen worked as a teacher’s aide at Noble School and was a business partner with her husband at R.J. Wright and Sons Lime and Fertilizer for over 44 years. She was a Jay County Public Library trustee for 2 terms and played piano for over 60 years at Noble Congregational Christian Church and Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.   

    Maryellen married her husband Royce J. Wright on May 13, 1950.

Survivors include:   

Her husband of 67 years: Royce J. Wright – Portland, Indiana


2 Sons: Jay Wright (wife Sandy) – Reed City, Michigan

             Greg Wright (wife Tammy) – Portland, Indiana


5 Grandchildren: Chandra Chapman (husband Rhett) – Germantown, Ohio

                            Roxie Barron (husband Ronnie) – Goshen, Indiana

                            Michael Wright (wife Jessica) – Bremen, Indiana

                            Megan Foster (husband Doug) – Reed City, Michigan

                            Zach Wright (wife Candy) Celina, Ohio


8 Great Grandchildren:

Mallory Hayes (husband Chuck) – Surprise, Arizona

Troy Chapman

Caleb and Isabella Barron

Dylan and Macy Foster

Austin and Logan Wright


2 Step Grandchildren:

Matt Billington (wife Jennifer) – Portland, Indiana

Mischele Denniston (husband Jason) Columbia City, Indiana


6 Step Great Grandchildren:

Kayla Thomas, Gavin and Caden Billington

Luke, Isaac and Cali Denniston


    Visitation will be Friday 4-7 p.m. at Williamson and Spencer Funeral Home in Portland. 

    Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Pastor Aaron Huey and Pastor Darrel Borders will officiate the service and burial will follow in I.O.O.F Twin Hill Cemetery in Pennville.

     Memorials can be directed to Noble Congregational Christian Church or Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. 

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