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1941 Mary 2023

Mary Alice Wright

December 24, 1941 — January 9, 2023

Chapel Hill, Tennessee

Mary Alice (Joyce) Wright, age 81, was born December 24, 1941 in the Holts Corner Community of Marshall County, and was a daughter of the late Claude Esten and Minnie Belle Vaughn Joyce. She attended Forrest School, graduated in 1959, and loved basketball and football.

After marrying, Mary and her family moved to Tuscumbia, AL, where she began her career working at Sears. After 17 years, they returned to Chapel Hill, TN, and shortly afterwards, she began working at Sears in Lewisburg, TN until its closing. Her most rewarding career, however, would soon follow at Duck River Electric in Lewisburg. She very much enjoyed interacting with the public and helping those in need.

Mary enjoyed spending time with her family, and she had a passion for antiques and flowers. After retirement, most of her time was spent collecting, restoring and refurbishing old ‘things’ and tending to and reseeding flowers from generations past. Unfortunately, in the latter part of her life, dementia took away much of her ability to enjoy these passions. However, she always did her best to be sure that they would be carried on by the generations that follow her.

Mary was described by others in many in different ways, but she may forever be known by two things in life… “the lady with the gray hair at Duck River” and “the lady with all the flowers that lives across the street from the funeral home”.

Mary Alice is survived by her daughters, Pamela Wright Brown, Lewisburg, TN, Denise Wright (David) McGowen, Murfreesboro, TN, Michelle Wright (Mike) Perryman, Chapel Hill, TN; sister, Virginia Giles, Tullahoma, TN; brother, Charlie Joyce, Tullahoma, TN; grandchildren, Chris (Morgan) Brown, Ryan Jones, Connor Perryman, Cameron Perryman; great grandchildren, Shawn Brown, Braden Jones. In addition to her parents, Mary Alice was also preceded in death by a sister, Anna Margaret Gillespie, and brothers, James Joyce and Anderson Joyce.

Family members will receive friends on Saturday, January 14, 2023 from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. at Lawrence Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Lawrence Funeral Home with David McGowen officiating. Burial will follow in the Joyce-Blackwell-Cromer Cemetery near Chapel Hill.

Her grandsons and great grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

For those who wish, Memorial Donations, in memory of Mary Alice Wright, may be made to the Duck River Electric, Project Help Fund, at any Duck River Electric office.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Mary Alice Wright, please visit our flower store.

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