Rex Wright & Betsy Wright
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Rex Wright

Rex L. Wright, 78, of Vienna, passed away Wednesday afternoon, July 11, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind. from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

Born Nov. 7, 1933 in West Union, he was the son of Harry Lee and Esther Wright.

Rex was united in marriage to Betsy Clark on April 1, 1956 at the United Methodist Church in Martinsville. Betsy also passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, from injuries she sustained in the motor vehicle accident.

Survivors include one son, Scott Wright and wife Melanie, of Vienna; one daughter, Tracy Dalton and husband Mike of Vienna; three grandchildren, Hilary Wright, Lucas Wright and Michael Dalton; and one sister, Phyllis Bennett of Aurora, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Rex was a graduate of Marshall High School and had earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Illinois. Rex served in the late 1950s in the Army Air Corps. He was an associate member of the Beggs-Gurley VFW Post in Vienna.

Rex served as a sales manager for Effingham County Farm Service in Effingham. In 1964, the family moved to Vienna, where Rex assumed the management of the Fruit Belt Farm Service office, a position he held for approximately 30 years prior to his retirement. In his retirement, Rex worked in the carpentry and roofing trade.

Rex was a member of the Elks Lodge 800 in Marion. He was also a member of the Carbondale Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, for the past 18 years and the Sebring, Fla. Chapter for the past 17 years. Rex was a faithful and devoted member of Vienna United Methodist Church, where he sang in the church choir, had formerly served as the church treasurer, as well as serving in a number of other capacities. Rex had a zest for life and enjoyed many activities and sports. In his youth, Rex was a noted fast pitch softball player and later coached. He was also a very active Khoury League supporter and had coached baseball and refereed basketball.

Together, Rex and Betsy enjoyed ballroom dancing, were avid golfers and were devoted to their family and especially enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren and attending their athletic and school activities. They also were strong supporters of the American Red Cross Blood drives. Rex had donated over four gallons of blood through local blood drives.

Funeral services for the couple was held Monday, July 16 at Vienna First United Methodist Church with Pastor Don Meeks officiating. Burial followed at Vienna Fraternal Cemetery. Military graveside rites were conducted by the Beggs-Gurley VFW Post and the Illinois National Guard Burial Honors Detail.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1349, Vienna, IL 62995; American Heart Association, 2524 Farragut Drive, Suite A, Springfield, IL 62704; Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, 320 East Walnut Street, Suite A, Carbondale, IL 62901; or Children’s Lifeline, 194 Sunset Drive, Clay City, KY 40312.

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Betsy Wright

Betsy A. Wright, 76, of Vienna, passed away Wednesday morning, July 11, 2012, at 6:10 a.m. at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind. from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

Born Aug. 26, 1935 in Olney, she was the daughter of Lewis and Glenna Baird Clark. Betsy was united in marriage to Rex L. Wright on April 1, 1956 at the United Methodist Church in Martinsville. Rex also passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, from injuries he sustained in the motor vehicle accident.

Survivors include one son, Scott Wright and wife Melanie of Vienna; one daughter, Tracy Dalton and husband Mike of Vienna; three grandchildren, Hilary Wright, Lucas Wright and Michael Dalton; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, David Clark.

Betsy was a graduate of the Martinsville High School. She also attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Betsy formerly owned and operated Rainbow Ceramics in Vienna. She also had worked in the fabric shop in Vienna and co-owned a shoe store in Vienna for a number of years.

Betsy was actively involved in a number of community organizations, including being a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, the Daniel Chapman Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, was Queen Mother of the Vienna Vivacious Red Hat Society, chairman of the Vienna Zoning Board and had formerly served as the assistant Vienna city clerk.

Betsy was a faithful and devoted member of the Vienna First United Methodist Church, where she enjoyed working in the Vacation Bible Schools.

Betsy enjoyed sewing, embroidery and was the “head cookie maker” for her grandchildren as well as many other people and for the local blood drives. Betsy loved children and enjoyed working in the Vienna Grade School book fairs.

Together, Rex and Betsy enjoyed ballroom dancing, were avid golfers, and were devoted to their family and especially enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren and attending their athletic and school activities.

Funeral services for Rex and Betsy Wright was held Monday morning, July 16 at 11 a.m. at Vienna First United Methodist Church with Pastor Don Meeks officiating. Burial followed at Vienna Fraternal Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Vienna First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1349, Vienna, IL 62995; the American Heart Association, 2524 Farragut Drive, Suite A, Springfield, IL 62704; the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, 320 East Walnut St., Suite A, Carbondale, IL 62901; or Children’s Lifeline, 194 Sunset Drive, Clay City, KY 40312.

Bailey Funeral Home of Vienna was in charge of the Wrights’ arrangements.

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