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Dorothy Wright, pastor’s wife was active in Bible studies, religious education

April 28, 1930 – Jan. 24, 2016

NORTH TONAWANDA – Dorothy Wright, wife of the Rev. Frank E. Wright, retired pastor of North Presbyterian Church, died Sunday after she became ill in her home. She was 85.

Born in Buffalo, the former Dorothy Burley attended School 66 and Bennett High School and was a graduate of Hamburg High School. She graduated from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., in 1952.

She worked for two years as director of Christian education at a Presbyterian church in New Castle, Pa., then earned a master’s degree in Christian education from Pittsburgh Xenia Theological Seminary, where she met her husband. They were married in 1956.

Mrs. Wright returned to Hamburg when her husband was called to Wayside Presbyterian Church in Wanakah, where he was assistant pastor, then associate pastor. In 1965, they moved to North Tonawanda when he became pastor of North Presbyterian Church and served until 1991.

Mrs. Wright led Bible studies and was active in Christian education at each of her husband’s churches.

She assembled and documented several of her family’s antique wedding dresses for an exhibit last year at the North Tonawanda History Museum.

In addition to her husband, survivors include three daughters, Pam Kelly, Marcia Westphal and Bonnie Shaffer; a brother, Dick Burley; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday in North Presbyterian Church, 168 Payne Ave.

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