Elsie Marie Boothe Wright (aka, Mama, Granny, Goodie) got her voice back to sing with the Lord on June 1, 2021. She was born on New Year’s Eve in 1931 the child of Irene and Clyde Boothe of Thaxton, Virginia. She was blessed with many good years to “spread her love in her own way to many” which included, making her famous fresh apple cakes, chocolate pies, giving hugs and kisses, and being a great listener and advice giver. She enjoyed growing gorgeous flowers and bountiful tomatoes and cucumbers every year. She loved music- all kinds of music, gospel, bluegrass, country, and rock and roll. In her hall of fame music best of all times were Elvis who she saw all of his local concerts, Charley Pride, and “her man”-THE Alan Jackson (she even got a t shirt thrown to her from Alan Jackson at his last concert here in Roanoke). She loved to dance especially flatfooting and in her day, square dancing.
She was a devoted woman. She was devoted to her husband of 62 years, Wesley Wright whom she met years ago when she worked part time as a waitress. She was devoted to the Lord and the Boones Mill Church of the Brethren, where she served on many committees (Deaconess, Church Board, Music Worship & Fellowship, etc.). She tried never to miss a Sunday service and enjoyed the fellowship with her church family and when her voice was strong, sitting front row, soprano in the choir.
She worked for 30 years at C&P (Verizon) first starting as a telephone switchboard operator where she connected wires line to line. She retired due to her mom’s cancer diagnosis and moved in with her to care for her until she passed. She later worked at The Medicine Shoppe in Boones Mill for 10 + years, as a staff member and enjoyed working every day, meeting and greeting patrons, and building friendships. She loved to dress to impress, she loved her bath and body works lotions, perfumes, and good makeup and never missed a lipstick application. She always said, even if you feel bad, if you dress up and put on your makeup and lipstick, it just makes you feel better. She experienced early gray hair and rocked great hairstyles and embraced the gray. People always asked her who colored her hair and she said, honey, it’s all me.
She was a friend to many. She never met a stranger and if she did, she would know all about them in two minutes or less. She was raised to smile, speak to everyone, love everyone. She was a giver, she would as the saying goes, give you the shirt off her back and every penny she had to her name.
She loved the beach, the sounds of the ocean, sitting on the beach, laying in the sun and enjoyed many trips with her family through her years in Myrtle Beach, SC. She also enjoyed the many visits to Pigeon Forge and Dollywood with her grandchildren through the years as a summer get away. Her biggest trip and the one that she says was the most beautiful place “ever” was Hawaii.
She has now joined in heaven, her brother, David Boothe who died when he was born and many others who have preceded her.
Her memory will remain with her beloved husband Wesley Wright, her daughter Lisa Wright (Ron Stultz), the lights of her life, her grandchildren; Savannah Wright (Matt Bird) & Carter Wright. She loved her daughter and grandchildren unconditionally and was proud of their accomplishments. Tommy Wright was her “other son” who kept watch over her. They shared many beautiful memories. She is also survived by Bettye Boothe a special cousin and lifelong friend.
She had many, many beloved friends and family more so that can be named which is truly a blessing. She is also survived by her furbabies, (baby her cat) and grandfurbabies; Jackson, Bailey, Coki, Gabbie, Chester, and Blue.
A Life Celebration will be held on Saturday June 5th at The Boones Mill Church of the Brethren with visitation at 1pm and service at 2pm.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Boones Mill Church of the Brethren or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Conner-Bowman Funeral Home, 62 VA Market Place Drive, Rocky Mount.