Soldotna resident Mary Patricia "Pat" Wright, 80, passed away Friday, April 22, 2011, at Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna, with her loving family by her side.
A memorial mass and celebration of her life will be 6 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, in Soldotna. Father Roger Bergkamp, O.M.I. will officiate.
Pat was born Sept. 26, 1930, in Ottawa, Ill., to Louis and Anna Smith. In her own words, she was "a baby of depression days and Amelia Earhart fame." Her parents emigrated from Budapest, Hungary, in the early 1900s. Their names were changed from Pelikayne to Smith at Ellis Island. Pat was the youngest of 14 children and the last surviving sibling.
Pat previously lived in Gig Harbor, Wash., where she worked for Northwest Independent Living from 1981-98. She moved to Soldotna in 1998 to be closer to her children. She worked for Frontier Community Services from May 1998-2005 before retiring at 74. She was very involved with Our Lady of Perpetual Help and vice-president of St. Vincent DePaul Society, which she helped to establish in the Soldotna area. Pat was part of the Challenge prayer group and a lector for her church. She loved studying and reading the Bible, reading mystery novels, swimming, volunteering for the Foster grandparents program and being with her family and friends.
"Mom looked for the good in others and loved them in spite of their faults. She dedicated her life to helping others through her work with the disabled and by volunteering with senior citizens. She was loved and respected by all who knew her as a kind, giving and compassionate person."
Pat is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Laurie Marta and Wade Wahrenbrock, Lynn and Paul Mettille, Connie Maggi, and Lisa and Todd Kemmerling; sons, Larry, Charles, Richard and Tony Marta; 17 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, Soldotna, c/o Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 222 W. Redoubt, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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