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Obituary: Wright, Helen

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 30 2014 1:30 p.m. MDT

Helen Kathryn Greaves Wright Vaya con Dios 1919 ~ 2011

Helen Kathryn Greaves Wright was a beautiful woman whose remarkable mortal life ended March 21, 2011. Her death was a blessed release from years of severe pain and health problems.Helen was born on January 14, 1919 in Duchesne, Utah to Gescul James Greaves and Emma Kathryn Olsen Greaves. She was the fourth of seven children who grew up in a home filled with song and laughter. When she was four years old, her family moved to Ogden, Utah, where she brightened lives with her poetry readings, her stage performances and her singing. Helen earned her associate degree in English at Pasadena City College in California, and it was there where she became reacquainted with David Eccles Wright, a former family friend from Ogden. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on December 20, 1939. Marriage to David opened unbelievable horizons in Helen's world. Her charm and wit were great assets to her husband's career as a diplomat in the foreign service where they were assigned to Chile, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, Spain and Germany. She embraced the Spanish language and culture, particularly the music. Helen entertained friends wherever they lived, playing her guitar and singing her favorite Spanish songs. Occasionally, David would be stationed in the United States and it was always in northern Virginia. Helen especially loved the assignment in Dunn Loring near where her brother Rex and sister Ruth lived and where they bought and restored a home that was built during the civil war. David retired in 1967 and they built a home in Provo, Utah. While living there she was called to the Primary General Board of the LDS Church. Her fluency in Spanish and her musical abilities had a meaningful impact on those she served. From Provo, Helen and Dave moved to Phoenix, Arizona where they continued serving by working in the Mesa Temple and subsequently serving five missions in Israel, Chile, Republic of Congo and Switzerland. In 2000, the Wrights moved to Sandy, Utah, where they enjoyed wonderful association with extended family and ward members. Helen is survived by her six children; Kathryn Palmer (John), Maren McRae (Burr), James Wright (Barbara), Timothy Wright, Kristin Gagon (Bill) and Gina Spadaro (Tom); her sisters Lola Folkman, Geneal Smith and Janet Berryessa (Max); her sisters-in-law Patricia Oliveira (Jose), Vivian Brinton (Bob),and Carolyn Hayward, 32 grandchildren, 46 great-grand-children with five more soon to be born. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 28, at 11:00 a.m. at the Granite South Stake Center located at 2130 East 10000 South, Sandy Utah with a viewing from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. A viewing will also be held Sunday evening March 27, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 1950 East 10600 South, Sandy, Utah. Online condolences: www.larkincares.com