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In Memoriam: Penelope Webb Wright

by | Jul 12, 2022


Penelope Webb Wright

Penelope Webb Wright, 84, of Davidson, passed away peacefully on July 9, 2022, at home surrounded by her family. She was born in Jackson Heights, New York to James and Mary Webb. She spent most of her childhood in Glen Rock, New Jersey, but her fondest memories came from the four years she lived in Decatur, Georgia. Penny graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in occupational therapy. She married her beloved husband Bruce in 1964 and together they raised seven children.

The things nearest and dearest to Penny’s heart in life were children and gardening. Her life’s work was spent raising her own children and helping others. She found joy in working with children, from an early job with the Burke Foundation in White Plains, New York, where she worked with children with cerebral palsy to the time she spent volunteering in schools and tutoring children in her home. She radiated a love and warmth that was a comfort to all. As she filled children with love, she transformed the barren lot on the family’s home in Davidson into a glorious garden, which became the perfect setting for family gatherings and weddings. She loved to escape and work in her garden, the feeling of dirt on her hands, and walking the winding, flower-filled paths.

Penny’s family will forever cherish the life and love she gave them. She and Bruce discovered North Litchfield Beach in 1967, where they began their annual beach trips as a family of five and continued for more than 45 years having grown to a family of 34. It was a special place that held some of the happiest memories for Penny – celebrations, beach walks, and the scavenger hunts she did with her grandchildren. Penny is survived by her husband, Bruce; her children, Doug Wright (Rea), Pam McGregor (Alasdair), Bill Wright (Coleen), Jamie Wright (Christy), Mary Kate Smith (William), Sarah Adams (Chris), and Laurel Krynock (Mark); her beautiful grandchildren, Madeleine Wright, Liam Wright, Tristan McGregor, Kai McGregor, Darcy McGregor, Elsbeth McGregor, Nicolette Groody, Katelyn Labrijn, Attie Wright, Mateo Wright, Jack Wright, Will Smith, Molly Smith, Miles Adams, Dillon Adams, Maggie Krynock, Joe Krynock, and Lyla Krynock; and her brother, Dick Webb (Stephanie).

The family will be gathering privately to celebrate Penny’s life. In lieu of flowers or a service, donations may be made in honor of Penny to the Salvation Army, UNICEF for Ukraine, or Hospice.

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