Submitted by: Dan Rich
Mary Frances Wright
Oct. 2, 1911 - Feb. 10, 2001
South Bend Tribune 2/13/2001
Mary Frances Wright, 89, of Fieldstone Lane, Granger, Ind., resided at Miller's Merry Manor in New Carlisle, Ind., where a loving staff and friends surrounded her. Mary was born on Oct. 2, 1911, in Terre Haute, Ind., to John and Hope Wells, who both preceded her in death. Three brothers and three sisters also preceded her in death, Glen Wells, Seth Wells, William Wells, Carrie Mitchell, Violet Wells and Dovie Wittner.
In February 1933 she married James R. Mattingly, who preceded her in death. Her second husband, Harold D. Huff, and her third husband, Claude "Ben" Wright, also preceded her in death. Mary was a cherished mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to all she met. Everyone who knew her adored her and was loved in return. We will always remember her loving nature, sweet, gentle spirit, her laughter, and phenomenal love of life.
She is survived by a son, Thomas Mattingly of Largo, Fla.; a daughter, Marilyn Sibley, and son-in-law, Lee Sibley, of Granger; and by a sister, Louise Banks of Seminole, Fla. Mary is also survived by three granddaughters, Hope Sibley of South Bend, Ind., Jennifer Sibley of Cambridgeshire, England, and Lisa Sibley Benko, along with her husband, Andy, and two great-granddaughters, Sara Elizabeth and Lindsay Ann Benko of Raleigh, N.C.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, in Clay United Methodist Church, 17646 Cleveland Road. Friends may call one hour prior to the memorial service. She will be laid to rest at Highland Cemetery in South Bend. Memorial contributions may be made to Clay United Methodist Church, to Miller's Merry Manor in New Carlisle, or to Harbor Light Hospice of South Bend. The family wishes to extend a special thanks to all the staff at Miller's Merry Manor and Harbor Light Hospice for their special love and care, both to Mary and her family.