CHARLESTON – Virginia Ann Wright, age 68, of Charleston, was surrounded by her loving family as she passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 6, 2020 while at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Her family will celebrate her life with a Visitation and Memorial Service to be held Saturday, October 3, 2020 at East Harrison Street Church of God, 17996 East Harrison Street Road in Charleston. The Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a Memorial Service to follow at 11:00 a.m. Her cremated body will be inurned at the Ashmore Cemetery in Ashmore, Illinois at a later date. It is requested that memorials be made to Dean Wright to assist with final expenses, the American Lung Association or the American Diabetes Association. Gifts may be mailed in care of Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.
Ginger, as she was affectionately known, was born December 22, 1951 in Clinton, Illinois, a daughter of the late Ralph and Bessie (Meachum) Peel. She married Gary Dean Wright, Jr. on July 12, 1970 and they recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. In addition to her loving and devoted husband Dean, she leaves two children; a son, Gary Dean “Trey” Wright, III and wife Holly K. of Charleston and a daughter, Holly Ann Navel, also of Charleston; eight grandchildren, Gary Dean William Wright and fiancé April Rivers of Morristown, New York, Justin Wright and Triesten Wright, both of Charleston, Taylor Ann Sandiford and husband Holton of Fairfield, Illinois, Eric Lee Navel of Charleston, Cory Joe Navel of Terre Haute, Indiana, Autumn L. Stephens and husband Garrett of Martinsville, Illinois and Dalton Janssen and fiancé Tristin Campbell of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; three great-grandchildren, Emry, Eva and Gwen; and two sisters, Pam Scott and Linda Bennett. Ginger is also survived by her lifelong best friend, Rose Phipps and her beloved doggie, Daisy May.
Ginger was a graduate of Charleston High School and retired in 2016 after serving as a job coach for Charleston Transitional Facility for ten years. Prior employments included the Charleston Sirloin Stockade and the Coles County Health Department.
Ginger always enjoyed a road trip with her best friend Rose, a vacation to Sanibel Island in Florida to search for shells, or spoiling her dog, Daisy. The greatest joys of her life came from spending time with her beloved family. They will always hold dear their many memories of Ginger, such as her fondness for unsweet tea, her love of shopping, or the contentment of an evening watching her favorite television cop show. Ginger’s love for her family was unconditional. She will be truly missed and always remembered with love and affection.
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