YOUNGSTOWN – Rev. Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Wright took her flight from death to life eternal on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, to be with the Lord.
Mrs. Wright was born May 16, 1927, in Pittsburgh, Pa. to Margaret Thomas, coming to Youngstown as a child.
She attended Youngstown Public Schools. She married Rev. Delaney Wright and to this union four children were born, Anthony, Delaney Jr., Carolyn Elaine and Margaret.
At the time they were married, they were members of the 903 Franklin Avenue Church, under the pastorate of Elder Paul D. Ealy.
Rev. Mrs. Wright was a “trailblazer” in her own right, performing an apostolic work and laying many foundations in the city of Youngstown and Milwaukee.
Rev. Wright started a convalescent home for the elderly, where she lovingly nursed them back to health. She was the Executive Director of the Gilead House Community Center, then located on the city’s north side. Among other activities, the center was used for preschool children from David Verzilli Ministries, which at that time met at Stambaugh Auditorium as part of the Kathryn Khulman Ministries.
Rev. Mrs. Wright also set several first, among which she was the first black family to reside on Catalina Avenue and the first female black woman chaplain of Youngstown City Council. Through her affiliation with the city high schools, she housed many foreign exchange students.
As an apostolic trailblazer, she orchestrated and conducted ecumenical services in Wick Park and provided free food baskets for neighborhood families during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Rev. Wright was instrumental in the early 70s in securing monies for the household technicians trip to Washington, D.C. during their advocacy for fair wages.
She was in alliance with the Black Women’s Caucus, giving her the opportunity to meet Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and many others in government positions.
She worked along with Ron Daniels in the Black Caucus-Youngstown, Ohio in the 1970s.
Rev. Wright continued her apostolic work for 14 years in Milwaukee, where she transitioned with her oldest son, Tony, known as a gifted pianist. There the genesis of her Prayer Outreach Ministry of preaching, healing and prayer was birthed. She was licensed and ordain by Elder A. A. Allaman from Tulsa, Okla. in the 1940s.
After returning to Youngstown and living at that time with her late daughter, Carolyn, she reunited with the Ebenezer C.O.G.I.C. under the pastorate of Elder Calvin E. Kirkland, now known as the New Ebenezer Life Center, where the Rev. Ernest Walker is the pastor.
She leaves to cherish her memory a daughter, Apostle Denise (Apostle David) Talbot of Liberty, Ohio; two grandchildren, Pastor Aaron Talbot and Evangelist Sharon Talbot; two great-grandchildren, Isaiah Anthony and Jalayah Marie;and a multitude of friends and extended family in Youngstown and Milwaukee.
Besides her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Delaney Wright, who passed away in 1964; and three children, Anthony “Tony,” Delaney Jr. and Carolyn Elaine Wright.
Friends may call on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow immediately at 11 a.m.