Beloved wife of the late Robert B. Wright and mother of Bruce (deceased) went home to be with the Lord August 26, 2014. Marge arrived in the Valley with her husband from Scranton, PA in 1955. Sharing his love of animals, the two began volunteering at the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) in 1958; one year after it was founded. Thus began a lifetime dedicated to the welfare of animals and the people in their lives. Marge launched education and outreach programs to teach children the importance of responsible, compassionate pet ownership. She served briefly on the Arizona State Veterinary Board and the Humane Society of the United States Board. And She was the face of the AHS, coming right into people’s homes as a regular guest on “Wallace and Ladmo,” making appearances on local news and radio broadcasts, and hosting “Pets on Parade” well into her 80’s. The AHS Low-Cost Spay Neuter and Wellness Clinic was named in her honor. Marge also loved her Aldersgate United Methodist Church, where she could always be found singing in the choir, teaching adult Bible classes and witnessing her love of the Lord Jesus Christ. She was a lay leader and certified lay speaker who served on many committees. She did the Walk to Emmaus and was involved in establishing The Desert Southwest Conference of the United Methodist Church with Bishop Elias Galvan. Marge’s spirit is sure to live in the memories of all who had the pleasure of knowing her, meeting her, or seeing her on TV. Marge is survived by her cherished friend and caregiver Rose Kirk and the members of the ‘Marge Wright Supper Club.’ The world is a better place for her contributions and achievements. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 9:00pm on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Funeral service will be at 11:00am, Wednesday, September 3, 2014at the Bridge Aldersgate Campus United Methodist Church, United Methodist Parish, 3530 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix. Graveside service will follow at East Resthaven Cemetery, 4310 E. Southern Avenue, Phoenix. Marge requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Arizona Humane Society or Hospice of the Valley.
Marge was such a delightful lady! She will be greatly missed.
Loris& Terry Reichert
We have known Marge since the late 80’s when we asked her to be a guest at “The Blessing of the Animals” at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Scottsdale. She was a dear friend and made time every year to participate, along with Mayor Herb Drinkwater, Scottsdale Mounted Patrol, Search & Rescue, Guide Dogs for the Blind and hundreds of cherished pets. Marge was kind, generous and had the most wonderful laugh. Now she is in Heaven, standing at “The Rainbow Bridge” welcoming her loving animal family into the Kingdom of God. She will be truly missed by all of us!
The Smith Family
Tiny Lady with a big heart and a watched her with “Pets on Parade” each week in the 60’s and 70’s when our kids were growing up. Our condolences to Rose, her dear friend and caregiver.
The Smith Family
Tiny Lady with a big heart and watched her with “Pets on Parade” each week in the 60’s and 70’s when our kids were growing up. Our condolences to Rose, her dear friend and caregiver.
As a neighbor of Marge’s for 18 years, my children thought of her as their grandmother. Our pets ALWAYS are rescues, as Marge taught us. This wonderful woman will be greatly missed.
I, too, grew up with Marge on Pets on Parade. She was an inspiration to all of us. We have lost a wonderful advocate for the animals. She was such an inspiration to the small army of volunteers and rescues in the valley who are trying to save every last 4-legged critter! She will be missed.
Remarkable woman, dear friend – I will miss your sweet smile, words of encouragement and gentle heart. Rest in peace with our Lord, knowing you made a HUGE difference for animals and the people who love them.