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Updated: 01/25/2014 08:00:02AM

Edna M. Wright

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Edna Marie (Kraft) Wright, 93, died peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at Sentara Leigh Hospital following a short illness. She had relocated to Virginia Beach, Va., to be near family, following her nearly 30-year retirement in Venice, Fla.

Edna was a graduate of Lackey High School in Indian Head, Md., and had worked as a telephone operator for many years and for multiple employers, as she moved frequently during her marriage to support the career of her late husband, Richard H. Wright. During retirement, she served as secretary, treasurer and later as president of Seniors Without Partners in Venice, Fla. She also generously volunteered through her church and for several community charities.

An avid reader, she took great pride in having read almost 1,000 books. She also traveled extensively. Hers was a full and active life well lived with great joy and many friends.

She was born in Washington, D.C., on April 12, 1920, to Raymond Kraft and Evelyn Vockrodt Kraft and was one of four children. She was predeceased by her parents; her late husband, Richard; and two sisters, Margaret Higdon (James) of Indian Head, Md.’ and Dorothy Sheehan (Robert) of Venice, Fla.

Survivors include her brother, Stanley R. Kraft, and his wife, Suzanne of Springfield, Va.; daughter, Sandra Wright Evans, and her husband, James of Morgantown, W.Va.; and son, Neal T. Wright, and his wife, Melissa of Norfolk, Va. Her three grandchildren are Erin E. Evans of Washington, D.C., Keith A. Evans of El Sobrante, Calif., and Matthew J. Wright of Norfolk, Va.

Her family wishes to express our deepest thanks to the staffs of Marian Manor and Our Lady of Perpetual Help for the wonderful care they provided Edna in her final years.

Services: A memorial and graveside service is planned for later this spring, with interment of her cremated remains in the family cemetery located in Marbury, Md. Condolences may be registered at:

Contributions: Memorial donations should be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.