On January 11, 2021, Delia Elizabeth Wright (also known by Liz or Lizzy) passed away at her home in Delta Junction, Alaska with her son and daughter by her side.
Liz was born and raised in Huntsville, Ala. She was born on July 3,1932, to Edna Maddox and Hayden S. Dunlop. She graduated from Huntsville High School in 1950. After high school she went on to work for the government and went to college for 18 months. Her mother passed away when she was only 17. At that time, she came back home to take care of her little brother and sister. Not long after that, tragedy struck again, and her father passed away as well. She was only 21.
Before her father passed, she married Kermit Proctor Wright on May 3, 1953, shortly after she had her first son. With both of her parents being deceased, she chose to take in her brother and sister and raise them as her own without hesitation.
She went on to have three more children – two girls and another boy. In 1961 her husband got stationed at Fort Greely Army base in Delta Junction, Alaska, so they packed up the family, four kids and her sister—her brother stayed behind—in a station wagon and her husband in a big truck with a full-sized mobile home on the back. They hit the Alcan Highway and arrived in Delta Junction some weeks later.
They moved into the Green Acres Mobile Home Park. Who knew that this is where she would land – Delta Junction, Alaska. She was a 60-year Pioneer and lifelong resident. She loved her Junction!! She started out working for the State of Alaska as a driving instructor. She was also a stay-at-home mom and military wife. They fostered two girls, Valerie and Penny Nichols. She was a very involved mom and wife, she traveled with her husband to all his races when he was stock car racing. She loved all holidays. She was an animal person; she loved her dogs more than anything. She worked civilian military for 25+ years.
She loved to volunteer in her community she was a softball and little league scorekeeper for over 20 years. She was a competitive bowler.
She loved painting ceramics especially gnomes and Christmas decorations. She loved to read her romance novels. She was a dedicated mother, worker, sister, auntie, daughter, and grandma. We cannot express the sadness in our hearts.
She had a full life. She was also a breast cancer survivor in 2001. She had an infectious smile and a beautiful sense of humor.
She was a selfless person and a go getter. After 60 years she still had that Alabama accent that would just warm your heart.
Liz is preceded in death by her parents Edna and Hayden Dunlop; her two children, MaryLynne Wright & George Hayden Wright; her husband, Kermit Proctor Wright; nephew Kevin Dunlop; and best friend Kitty Macafee.
She is survived by her baby sister Linda Gail Denton of Huntsville, Ala.; her brother and sister-in-law Samuel Wayne and Roween Dunlop of Huntsville, Ala.; her children Kermit Proctor Wright Jr. (Rusty) and Caryn Elizabeth Wright both of Delta Junction; her nieces Chandra and Stacy of Huntsville, Ala.; her nephews, Brent Dunlop and Casey Denton; and five grandchildren (we love u mamoo) Crystal and Ed Meyers of Okla., Tamara Fish of Wasilla, Alaska, Jessie White of Okla., Aron and Christina Wright of Lincoln, Calif., and Jeremy Fish of Fairbanks, Alaska; her best friend Ursela Bagley and family; 14 great grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter.
Forever in our Hearts, until we meet again. We Love u.