Bessie Mae Wright
Saturday, December 21, 2019
10 AM visitation with the family
11 AM Service
Messiah Lutheran Church
46 West Lancaster Avenue
Downingtown, Pennsylvania 19335
The Purposeful Life of Bessie M. Wright
Bessie Mae was a woman who walked the walk and talked the truth. Throughout her life, she knew she was loved and favored by God and lived her life to please him. From the union of Hattie Marshall and Percy L. Williams, Sr., in Philadelphia’s Main Line, Bess was born on May 18, 1945. She often spoke of the joy and delight in being raised as one of six siblings, in humble beginnings and she grew from an environment of love.
After graduating from Great Valley High School in 1966, Bess began a career at Continental Bank and the Chrysler Corp. From the start, she epitomized the career objectives of growth and accomplishment, undaunted by the challenge. As either as a personnel recruiter at Lear Sigler Inc. or in a marketing capacity with Wakefern Foods (Shoprite), Bess took pride in her performance and she excelled in every role.
On September 18, 1970, Bess joined Vernon S. Wright, Jr., in holy matrimony and the two began a 49-year journey of bliss. Joining him in Minnesota for college, her subtle influence transformed him into the responsible husband and father for which he gives to her credit. After dwelling in the New York City area for 40 years, she and Vern returned to the Philadelphia area 10 years ago to be amongst family.
The creation of their son, Nigel Adrian, enabled Bess to demonstrate unique wife and motherhood skills seldom matched in today’s society. In her quiet but sensitive way, Bess’ wisdom, spiritual values and love left a remaining impression to her family and to those she knew.
In a testament to her life, her sons’ first baby sitter said upon learning of Bess’ passing, “After 46 years of knowing Bess, her principle life driving force was and continued to be her faith in God”. Bess was a member of Christian Faith Fellowship Church in Downingtown for the past 10 years after a 15-year membership as a saint at The First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in New Brunswick, NJ.
Bess transitioned to heavens’ mansion with many rooms on December 12, 2019 after a second bout with cancer. Through it all, she remained consistent in her love for her family and the Lord, murmuring His name in her final words.
Bess leaves her beloved husband Vern and son Nigel, and stepdaughter Sondra. As “memom”, she leaves seven grandchildren: Blaire, Marcus, Medina, Milan, Mayson, Jaxson, Malae and two great-grandchildren, Gianna and Bailee. She also leaves a sister Doris and two brothers, Robert and Jeffrey with brother Percy and sister Ruth Ann and parents preceding her transition.
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