Sylvia Merrill Wright

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Former Juneau resident Sylvia L. Merrill Wright died peacefully in her sleep on March 14, 2008, in Aurora, Colo., after returning from a vacation. She was 73.

Born April 26, 1934, in Juneau, she married Gordon Merrill on Aug. 21, 1952. They began their married life in Seattle, where they adopted their two children, then moved to Helena, Mont. She also was a resident of Casper, Wyo., for two years.

While raising their two children, she worked as Gordon's secretary and bookkeeper for his construction company in Helena. They later moved to San Diego. They divorced after 36 years together.

On Feb. 16, 1991, she married Jack Wright in Salt Lake City, Utah. She worked in banking, construction and real estate. Her last career before retirement was managing the Mill Creek Assisted Living facility in Salt Lake City. After she was widowed, she moved to Casper to be closer to family.

According to her family, she was a friend to all who knew her. She kept close relationships through all the years with everyone that touched her life, they said. She loved flowers and hummingbirds, and appreciated the beauty of nature. She had a green thumb and could grow any type of native or exotic plant, they said.

Family said she was a lady with exquisite taste and style, class and elegance. She equally enjoyed the theater and sports, especially basketball. She was devoted to her family and adored her three great-grandchildren, they said.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ronald and Mildred Lister.

She is survived by her brother, Norman Lister, of Lancaster, Kent.; sister, Helen Soelter, of Enumclaw, Wash.; two children, Diane Merrill Weiss and her husband, Michael, of Casper, and Mark Merrill and his wife, Sheila, of Las Vegas; stepsons, Robert Wright and his wife, Jacque, and Jeff Wright and his wife, Holly; three grandchildren, Patrick, Heather Weiss and Christopher Merrill; one adopted granddaughter, Andrea Sullivan; six step-grandchildren, Rick, Anthony, Joseph, Andrea, Hanna and Natalie Wright; three great-grandchildren, Caroline, Jackson and Mark Merrill; and first husband, Gordon Merrill.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church, in Casper, Wyo. The Rev. Margaret Gillikin will officiate.

Flowers, as well as donations to University Park Elementary School, or the Humane Society, in her memory would be appreciated, her family said.

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