Merry Ann Wright

February 25, 1943 - December 18, 2022
Merry Ann  Wright

Memorial Gifts & Donations

Merry Ann Thompson Wright, 79, of Leland, NC went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday, December 18, 2022. She was born in Syracuse, New York on February 25, 1943 to Audrey and Pearl Thompson.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son Ryan Andrew Parks.

Merry Ann grew up in New Woodstock, NY. She graduated from Cazenovia High School in 1961, where she held the title of head majorette, was a member of National Honor Society, League of Women Voters, yearbook staff and spent a summer in Norway as a Foreign Exchange Student. In her professional life Merry Ann accomplished many great things including CEO of American Lung Association of Central New York and Development Director the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Washington, DC. She was an extremely active member of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for 44 years and held more offices than can be listed – highlighted by being the State Regent of New York (1989-1992) and the 42 nd President General (i.e., CEO) from 2010-2013. In 2007 she retired to North Carolina and joined St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, serving as Senior Warden among other positions. She was an active member of Daughters of the King, and an associate member of Stamp Defiance Chapter (NSDAR) and St. Paul’s Leland Book Club.

Merry Ann is survived by her husband of 28 years, Lawrence Wright, son Meade Parks and special friend Linda Enzinger, stepsons David Wright, Daniel Wright and wife Erin, seven grandchildren, sisters Corleen Thompson, Meg Smith and husband Don, brother Ned Thompson and wife Kristine, in addition are her extended family and many friends.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, January 7, 2023, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 16 N. 16 th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.

Donations in her honor may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 16 N 16th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 or to the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, President General’s Fund, 1776 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20006-5303.

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  • March 13, 2023
    Linda Alcott Maples says:
    During Ms. Wright's administration she was a guest at an Alabama SAR state convention. She was a gracious woman.

  • February 28, 2023
    Karen Sendelback says:
    Merry Ann was a true inspiration. Her boundless energy and passion for her work and her life was infectious. Her friendship was a treasure and I will miss her.

  • January 10, 2023
    Jo Anne Warn Farrell lit a candle:
    Lit since January 10, 2023 at 1:47:34 PM

  • January 08, 2023
    Sean Fagan says:
    Sending thoughts and prayers to Meade and the entire family! Mom is now with Ryan catching him up on all of us( which as he has always been watching he already knows) I can hear her voice as clear as day - Rest in Peace my first second Mom!

  • January 08, 2023
    Sean Fagan lit a candle:
    Lit since January 8, 2023 at 1:36:33 PM