Jay Nelle ‘Sissy’ Wright


Posted: Sunday, August 27, 2006


  Jay Nelle 'Sissy' Wright

Jay Nelle 'Sissy' Wright

Jay Nelle “Sissy” Wright died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006, in Homer. She was living at Fernridge TLC assisted-living home in Homer since January. She was 73.

A memorial service will he be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, at Soldotna Baptist Church, 223 E. Redoubt Ave., Soldotna.

Mrs. Wright was born March 25, 1933, in Hubbard, Texas. She graduated from Taft High School in Taft, Texas as both valedictorian and salutatorian of her class in 1950. She spent most of her adult life in and around the Corpus Christi, Texas area. She was married to Donald R. Marker of Sinton, Texas for 17 years. She moved to Kenai in 1981 and later moved to Soldotna. She spent the last two years in assisted-living homes on the Kenai Peninsula, due to health problems.

Several years prior to moving to Alaska she was the office manager of the Gulf Coast Humane Society in Corpus Christi.

“Sissy will be remembered for her loving considerate nature towards her family and friends,” her family wrote. “She had many friends in Alaska and around the country. She ardently communicated with them via regular cards, letters and phone calls. She always remembered birthdays and anniversaries. She had a keen sense of humor and deep love of animals. She loved Alaska and Alaskan wildlife, always enjoying the site of a moose or a passing eagle.”

She was preceded in death by her father, Jay C. Wright; mother, Mary V. Wright; and elder brother, Charles “Sonny” Wright, all of Corpus Christi, and husband, Donald Marker, in 1991.

Mrs. Wright is survived by her children, James “Jim Bob” Marker and his wife, Jody, of Soldotna, Patricia Lynn Gillis of Houston, and Donald “Butch” Marker of Sinton; grandchildren, Jameson Ahern of Anchorage, Amanda Marker of Ingleside, Texas, and Darin Marker of Soldotna; and sister, Stevie Clarke and her husband, Robert, of Ingleside.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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