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BERYL GRACE WRIGHT (nee McGEE) 1887-1952




Mrs. Clarence Wright Of Ftn. Green Dies

Mrs. Clarence Wright, age 64, a life-long resident of the Fountain Green community, passed away Tuesday morning at the Mary Davier hospital in La Harpe.  Mrs. Wright has been slowly declining in health for the past ten years and with a more rapid decline since an operation last April.

Beryl Grace McGee was born on a farm southeast of Fountain Green on October 12, 1887 and passed away at La Harpe, Illinois, January 22, 1952, at the age of 64 years, 3 months, and 10 days.  She was the daughter of the late
Henry Clay McGee and the late Harriet Jennie (Mort) McGee.  Of this family left to mourn Mrs. Wright’s untimely passing are: her brother, Chellis McGee, Fort Madison, Iowa; a sister, Mrs. Otis Gipe, Colchester; a half-sister, Mrs. J. J. McCracken, Hamilton; and her step-mother, Mrs. Clay McGee also of Hamilton.

As a girl, Grace attended the Jo Duncan school and was united with the Fountain Green Methodist Church.  As one of the more attractive young ladies of that community she was married to Clarence (Goody) Wright in April, 1907*, at a wedding held in Carthage.  To this union was born one daughter, Genevieve; now Mrs. Ivan Latherow of Fountain Green.

This industrious young couple soon purchased their own home in Fountain Green, where they have lived these many years, even though for the past 24 years Mr. Wright has been employed in Carthage by the Hancock County Highway Department.

Besides her dutiful husband, daughter, and son-in-law; Mrs. Wright was blessed with two grandchildren which have always been both very kind and attentive to her.  They are PFC. Robert L. Latherow, Fort Lewis, Washington and Miss Carolyn Latherow of Western State College, Macomb.  Grace was always considerate of the men in military service and she has been especially proud and interested in the welfare of her grandson, who is now Chapel Organist in the big Army camp at Fort Lewis.

[incomplete] and a good cook who preferred her home life and the company of her little family to that of any clubs, lodges, or other social functions.  She was both economical and thrify; a loving mother, a faithful companion to her husband, and a good neighbor who always was happy and contented to be at home with her little family, beautiful house plants and flowers, a good garden and her radio.

She was a wonderful home and hospital patient; in fact, both nurses and relatives complained because she so seldom requested any aid or attention.  Her condition and ailment were such that all medicine and scientific treatments seemd to be of but little help but the husband, daughter and her family are to be commended for their noble efforts in considering Mrs. Wright's every desire and in administering to her every need during her final illness.  As the poet says:

"Somewhere back of the sunset,
Where loveliness never dies,
She lives in a land of glory,
With blue and gold in the skies,
And we who have known and loved her,
Where passing has brought us tears,
Will cherish her memory always,
To brighten the drifting years."

The funeral was held Friday, January 25, at 2 p. m. at the Presbyterian church in Fountain Green. Rev. Vail of La Harpe officiating Pall bearers were Brice Latherow, Clifford Latherow, Melvin Latherow, Fred Hillers John Miller and Daniel Shell. Burial was at Majorville cemetery.

*Grace and Goody were married April 20, 1908.

With the notable exception of her tombstone, all other records thus far collected indicate her name was Beryl Grace.

Obituary from unknown original source and print date, clipping, photo and commemorative booklet from a scrapbook kept by James Chellis McGee, shared by Cynthia McGee Jackson.

Grace's nieces, Colleen, Evelyn and Cynthia McGee, daughters of James Chellis, especially remember how they looked forward to Aunt Grace's homemade chicken and noodles and her stuffed mango peppers.

See also: Clarence Wright
Henry Clay McGee
Harriet Mort
Genevieve Wright
James Chellis McGee


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