Mary Ellen Babcock Wright

| April 2, 2019

Mary Ellen Babcock (MEB) Wright, 91, died at peace on the first day of spring, the 21st of March, 2019 in St. Petersburg, FL at Suncoast Health Center, a nearby sister campus to Westminster Shores where she had lived for the past 15 years.

Meb was the youngest of three children born to Margaret (Wright) and Harold Babcock on the 29th of December 1927 in Erie, PA. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Raymond & Charles, her husband Sam, her niece Susan and her grandson Daniel.

Meb is survived by her children: Judith Lynn Wright & Syb of Asheville NC, John Wright & Elsie of Barrington RI, and Nancy Carson & Bob of Celebration FL, as well as six nieces & nephews: Marcia, Carolyn, Chuck, Dennis, Gary & Mark.

She was also ‘grandma extraordinaire’ to ten beloveds: John, Peter, Katie, Emily, Andy, Dan, Corey, Ben, Melissa and Tessa. More recently, she’d been gifted with sixteen great-grands: Ruth, Sam, Lincoln, Turner, Hawkins, Ezra, Vera, Amelia, Uri, Ethan, Jacob, Micah, Gabriel, Connor, Patrick and Sloan. Her 17th and 18th are due to arrive this year.

Meb is also survived by her created family, including her faithful companion since ‘05, Florence, generous giver of time and TLC, whom Meb referred to as her “mama”; her beloved Oil City friend, Martha, 97; and her amazing “later-in-life” friend @ The Shores, Susan, 99.

Graduating from Erie East High School in 1945, Meb went on to complete a two-year secretarial degree at Grove City College. It was there that she soon met the all-time love of her life, Sam Wright, shortly after WWII. They were married in 1948 and moved to Oil City, PA to begin a life together spanning fifty-five years there and the grand sum of sixty years of devoted marriage. For twenty years, they wintered in Naples, FL with Oil City friends and those they befriended while shelling along the beaches. In 2003, they resettled in St Petersburg, just a stone’s throw from Tampa Bay @ “The Shores”.

Without a doubt and above all, Meb was most content as wife to Sam and full-time mom to Judy, John & Nancy. A giver, a caretaker, she was sole cook, bottle-washer & chauffeur for her little ones. She shared the prime of these child-raising years, and beyond, with Second Presbyterian Church in Oil City where she long sang soprano in the choir, later substituted regularly for the church secretary and served as an ordained Deacon of the Session for many terms. Through her work @ 2nd Pres, Meb strengthened her faith, made life-long friendships and reached out generously to the wider world. She also lent many hours to “Community Services of Venango County” as well as to her children’s various passions.

In later years, this beautiful couple thrived on gatherings & bridge parties with a wide circle of Oil City friends, get-a-way trips together wherever the Ass’n of American Petroleum Refiners was annually convening, inviting their ever-growing extended family for 25 years to the Annual Deep Creek Week and, after retirement, enjoying spectacular travels with Meb’s kindergarten friend, Viola, and her husband. It was the life Meb had imagined.

Living and giving in an uncomplicated, genuine way, Meb was wonderfully loved by any & all who knew her. She was authentically herself, a constant learner, and gracefully adapted to life circumstances across generations. She’ll be long remembered for her curiosity about the world and her immediate connection to everyone she met. Godspeed!

Please join us to honor and celebrate Meb’s long sweet life; a service will be held at Westminster Shores, 125 56th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL in the Blackburn Chapel on campus on Sunday afternoon, the 28th April at 2:00 p.m.

From the heart, Judy, John, and Nancy offer a deep bow of gratitude for unceasing love given to Meb from her extended family, her long-time friends and her later-in-life friends & caregivers at Westminster Shores. They suggest that memorials may be made to the Virginia Baxter Scholarship Fund of Westminster Shores to which Meb also made many a contribution in honor & memory of Westminster Shores friends. Virginia had been a friend of hers and Meb was always reminding the young CNAs, dining room servers and campus staffers of the incredible opportunity to further their education through this fund.


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