Lois J. Wright
DANVILLE - Lois J. Wright, 93, went to her heavenly home on Oct. 4, 2019, after a progressing illness. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Howard D. Wright; son, H. Dan Wright; daughter, Teresa Phelps; grandson, Matthew Scherrer; parents, Blanche Marie (Youngblood) and George Washington Taylor VanZandt; brothers, George and Jack VanZandt; sister, Aileen (VonLee) Richards. She is survived by three children, Nancy (Mike) Linde, Jacksonville, Fla., Carolyn (Steve) Scherrer, Roscoe, Ill., Jack B. Wright, Sedgwick, Maine; daughter-in-law, Belva Wright, Roscoe; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Lois was born in Rossville on March 16, 1926. She grew up and enjoyed many years on a farm in Danville, and wrote about the fun and hard work of growing up in her book, "Life Began at Age 6." It was on the farm that she started a lifetime of pet friendships. Lois enjoyed dancing and excelled in tap and acrobatic dancing. She was drum majorette at Oakwood HS where she graduated. It was in HS that she met Howard Wright whom she married at First Baptist in Danville, on Aug. 19, 1945, after WWII and moved to Bloomington/Normal, where he graduated from the University of Illinois. While in college, three of their five children were born in Normal, 1946-1950. After graduation, they moved to St. Joseph, where her husband taught math, coached football and basketball and where the two youngest children were born. A career change to insurance, for her husband, resulted in several moves: Champaign, 1954-1957; West Lafayette, Ind., 1957-1959; Champaign, 1959-1962; Poynette, Wis., 1962-1966; Madison, Wis., 1966-1974; West Palm Beach 1974-2009; and a last move for Lois to Rockford. Lois and Howard celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 19, 1995.
Lois was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of North Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., for more than 35 years. She enjoyed her many friends there and working in the children's library. Lois and Howard enjoyed sailing in their ketch, "Shibui IV," out of Old Port Cove, North Palm Beach, Fla., traveling, golfing and competitively engaging family members in euchre tournaments. She also enjoyed all forms of needlework and art projects. More recently, in Rockford, Lois enjoyed attending church with her daughter, Carolyn Scherrer, and daughter-in-law, Belva Wright, and visits from grandchildren, and great-grandchildren!
A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville, with Rev. Paul D. Rebert, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Danville. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, from Noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church, 717 Prosperity Farms Road, N. Palm Beach, FL 33408 for Children's Education.
Please join Lois' family in sharing memories, photos and videos on her Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Published on October 5, 2019


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Karen Richards Pruitt
Oct 05, 2019
Aunt Lois was a special person. She was so loved by her family and friends. A great example of a Christian lady who lived her faith. And she loved chocolate! I remember when she would make batches of fudge and send us some for Christmas. What a treat! Just another expression of her love.
She loved her family so much and was so loyal. I am glad that I was able to see her at her 90th birthday. And I am blessed that she was my aunt.