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Mary Wright Connell

October 27, 2011 by Anonymous

Born: 
Thursday, August 16, 1928
Died: 
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Funeral Home: 
White's Funeral Home, Weatherford

Mary Wright Connell, local poet and artist, died peacefully in her sleep Sunday, October 23. She was 83.

Born Mary Nelle Wright in Dallas on August 16, 1928 to James Claude and Marie Lyster Wright, she grew up alongside an older brother, Jim, and a younger sister, Betty Lee.

Mary grew up in Weatherford, where she graduated from high school at age 15. She attending five universities including Cumberland University law school and was a member of Mensa. She had a varied professional life, at various points she helped her father manage a family business; owned/operated small hotels in Santa Fe, New Mexico and The Unicorn restaurant in Fort Worth; and was secretary to an ambassador in Washington, D.C.

Mary’s memory will live on through her poetry, sculptures and paintings. Several books of Mary’s poetry were published including After the Badlands, From the Skin In, and Help is on the Way which was published in London with a foreword by Graham Greene. Performances of Mary’s poetry and songs have been staged at Hip Pocket Theater, the Grandbury Opera House, and Caravan of Dreams. Letters exchanged between Mary and Graham Greene are included in archival collections of Graham Greene’s papers.

Mary’s full-hearted embrace of life was often expressed in her poetry:

Whether we feasted or whether we fasted,

our wine was not warm and our warmth was not wasted.

Our summer had shimmer and shape while it lasted,

our apples and grapes did not shrivel untasted.

From From the Skin In, by Mary Connell

She is survived by her brother, former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright of Fort Worth; her sister, retired professor Dr. Betty Lee Wright of Wimberley; three children, Carol Simpson, William B. Lamb and Lyster Connell; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great, great-grandchild.

Sports Calendar

Thursday, November 20

  • Aledo Ladycats 9 & JV at Weatherford Tournament

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity at Brock Showcase

Monday, November 24

  • Aledo Bearcats at Saginaw, B 3:00 p.m., A 6:00 p.m., JV 4:30 p.m. and Varsity 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 25

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Timbercreek at Aledo High School, B 1:30 p.m., A 12:00 p.m., JV 1:30 p.m., and Varsity 3:00 p.m.

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Birdville at Aledo High School, Freshmen 8 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 2

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Birdville, B 6 p.m., A 4:30 p.m., JV 6 p.m. and Varsity 7:30 p.m.

  • Aledo Ladycats at Springtown, Freshmen 5:30 p.m., JV 5:30 p.m. and Varsity 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 4

  • Aledo Ladycats Freshmen and JV at Mineral Wells Invitational

  • Aledo Bearcats B, A, JV and Varsity at Weatherford New Car Dealers Tournament

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity at Fort Worth Cowtown Classic

Tuesday, December 9

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Stephenville at Aledo High School, B 6 p.m., A 4:30 p.m., JV 6 p.m. and Varsity 7:30 p.m.

  • Aledo Ladycats at Granbury, Freshmen 5 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 6:30 p.m., *District Game

Thursday, December 11

  • Aledo Bearcats B, A, JV and Varsity at Decatur Tournament

Monday, December 15

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Southwest at Aledo High School, B 5 p.m., A 5 p.m. and JV 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 16

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Cleburne at Aledo High School, Freshmen 5 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 6:30 p.m., *District Game

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