A special benefit will be held this Saturday to celebrate the life of a very special woman and to benefit her husband, Harry Wright, a beloved member of this community.
Mary Wright passed away on July 28 at the age of 58 after experiencing a series of unexpected seizures.
“She had started having minor seizures,” Harry said during an interview on Thursday. “On July 16 during the fair, she had one of her seizures and had knocked her self out during it. She had complications and passed away. When I arrived, emergency members were working on her and they got her heart restarted, but brain wave function never was regained. She was taken to the hospital and put on machines to keep her alive. After notifying the kids we decided to go ahead and take her off of the machines, where she finally passed about 50 minutes later on July 28.”
The couple married in October of 1996 after she had come to Washington Court House with her seven children to escape an abusive relationship. Harry and Mary had only been seeing each other for about four to five months before they got married.
“Before that time you could have asked anyone who knew me and they would’ve said that I was totally against getting married,” Harry said. “Many people will go their whole lives without finding it, but I found true love in Mary.”
Harry recalls moments and memories dear to him about his wife, noting that until now they had not been apart longer than six days since they got married nearly 18 years ago. He was very happy with her and said she could make him feel happy all the time.
“She could have looked at me and just smiled from across a football field and it would warm my heart,” Harry said. “If we were at parties or gatherings, she could just smile and I would feel like I was just picked up off of the ground.”
He and Mary also had a romantic side and could turn the smallest moments into something magical. “We would be standing in line at Wal-Mart and I would grab her hand and begin dancing in line. Sometimes we would get strange looks, other times people would just smile. I know what we had was true love and I realize how lucky I was to have her,” Harry said.
Right now Harry honestly admits he has no specific plans, as he had always planned to hold his wife’s hand as they grew older.
“Someone gave me some great advice though,” Harry said. “They said to wait for a year or so before you really make any big decisions. They are right….I am not thinking clearly so I am going to pour myself into my work for awhile as football season is coming and other things going on, and wait to decide what I want to do now.”
The most important plan for Harry right now is to celebrate the life a wonderful lady. He hopes that through this adversity, his kids will see what this town is capable of when one of its own is hurting and in need of a little assistance. He hopes it will serve as an example to his children when they find others in need. Harry said he’s glad he has gotten all of this help and guidance with the benefit dinner and during his time of grief.
“People like Kathy (Patterson) have jumped in to help me even though no one asked it of them,” Harry said. “That means a lot and I hope people come to celebrate my wife’s life with us and enjoy themselves at the dinner and dance. I also hope people see this and want to help others who are struggling as well.”
“Remembering Mary Wright” will take place Saturday at The Club at Quail Run and will include a benefit dinner, beginning at 6:30 p.m., and a dance to help Harry with the medical and funeral expenses of his wife. There will also be an auction, with items such as Blue Jackets tickets and memorabilia, Bengals tickets, and other items. A silent auction will also be held with the proceeds going to help Harry.
Tickets for the event are a $10 donation and are available at EZ Oil Change, LeElla Lanes, or the Record-Herald. Tickets are also available from Kathy Patterson who can be reached at (740) 606-0518.