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Obituary for Mary Ben Wright

April 25, 1927 - June 1, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 91


Mary Ben Wright, formerly of Big Spring, TX passed away peacefully into the arms of her Savior, June 1, 2018 at a San Antonio, TX hospital. Born April 25, 1927 in Crowell, TX as the youngest child of W.D. and Satys Wilkins, Mary Ben spent her childhood in Paducah and her adolescence in Fort Worth. She graduated from Arlington Heights High School, studied art at Texas State College for Women (now TWU), then moved to Lubbock to work in the family business, W. D. Wilkins Co. In Lubbock she met the love of her life, William Bruce Wright, Jr, a pharmacist from Hobart, Oklahoma. They were married on July 18, 1953, and Mary Ben supported his stints at Leonard's Pharmacy in Big Spring and Prescription Laboratory in Lubbock before Bruce and Mary Ben opened their own business in 1962, Wright's Prescription Center, located on Main Street in Big Spring. Bruce and Mary Ben were faithful members of First Baptist Church, founding members of the Big Spring Kennel Club, and active in Gideons International and Gideons Auxiliary. In 1983, the Wrights moved to Waco to support their daughter's business venture and continue working in pharmacy. They transferred to Arlington in 1986 and it was there that Bruce was diagnosed with cancer which claimed his life in 1988. Mary Ben moved to Waco to be close to her children and immediately became involved with the Becomers Sunday School Class at FBC, Waco, where she served as class treasurer. She enjoyed rooting loudly for Coach Mulkey and the Baylor Lady Bears during televised basketball games. She was fond of tasty barbeque, classic hymns and Republican politics.

Mary Ben is survived by her son, David Wright and his wife Shelli of Tulsa, OK, and daughter Mary Jane Ward and husband John of San Antonio, and five grandchildren-- Braxton Ward and wife Lauren and great-granddaughter Abigail Grace of Midland, Caitlyn Wright of Tulsa, Madeline Ward of Houston, Caroline Wright of Tulsa, and Judson Wright Ward and wife Macey of Dallas. In addition, she dearly loved her nephews and their families, from Kentucky to California.
Describing Mary Ben in a few sentences is a tall order but as Shakespeare wrote: "Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety." She was always loving, always animated, always encouraging and always entertaining. In addition, she was brave, brash, diminutive, dramatic, opinionated, artistic, generous, musical and mannerly. Mary Ben earned her indomitable spirit as a Depression era child, a WWII teen, and a Cold War young adult, and the world has not known a more fiercely loyal friend and expansively loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Mary Ben's tireless, enormous heart was a constant, dependable source of light and inspiration to many people, each of whom has stored up multiple memories to fuel and guide our journeys forward.

A Memorial Service celebrating Mary Ben's life will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, June 11, 2018 at First Baptist Church, Big Spring, Texas.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Television Ministry of First Baptist Church, San Antonio, TX - (, The Gideons International or The Salvation Army.

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