Lubbock – Dorothy Louise (Henry) Wright left this earthly world to be with her Loving Savior on Friday, November 17, 2023. She was born on February 8, 1929, in Morton, Texas, to Floyd Henry Sr. and Edna Grace (Stokes) Henry. She was one of six children. After moving to Lubbock, Texas as a child with her family, her father worked at Montgomery Ward’s Department Store in maintenance and her mother took in the laundry of others to make ends meet. All the children helped with the chores during this time as these were the days of the Great Depression of the 1920’s and 1930’s. She attended 12 years of Lubbock schools and graduated from Lubbock High School in 1946. Her joy was that she was the only one out of 6 children to actually graduate. She met the love of her life, Lynn Ray Wright, at Tabernacle Baptist Church where they both attended. They were married on October 13, 1945, when he was 19 and she was 16 years old. (Only at the age of 93 did she admit to her daughter and son-in-law that she had fibbed about her age and told the county clerk she was 18 years old.) Louise (known to all during her life) had a long and successful career employed by Day Chiropractor for 10 years and then Sears Department Store for 28 years from 1959 until she retired in 1987. Lynn and Louise had been married for 76 (2 months short of 77) years at the time of his death.
Louise had an inward beauty that made her truly special. She was always selfless and humble. She always kept God first in her life and her strong and uplifting faith guided her daily. She accepted Christ as her Savior and was baptized in Center Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas at the age of 12 years old. She was a member of Redbud Baptist Church for many years and sang in the choir as long as her health permitted. She then watched Sunday Morning Services on television after she could no longer attend church in person. She loved the Master and Father!
God gave Louise and Lynn two wonderful children- 2 daughters, Sheila and Sharon. Louise’s faith in God was her basis for which she raised her daughters. She provided the foundation for their faith to be prepared to stand on their own as they grew into adults.
Louise had a true passion for all types of music and was quite accomplished at playing the piano and church organs. In her early years she learned how to tap dance and later in life entertained her daughters with dancing on the kitchen floor. She and Lynn would invite friends and relatives over to their house to play music at night. They would move the furniture out of the living room to the front yard so everyone would be able to fit musical instruments and chairs into the house. Neighbors would bring their own chairs outside to listen to all of the wonderful music. As she got older, she passed many hours away playing a variety of music and loved playing the piano for and with her grandchildren. She especially loved dancing with her grandsons. She was so proud that they actually wanted to dance with their Grandma!
Another passion she had was Gardening. She loved Pink Roses and anything green growing in the yard. She spent countless hours in her yard working until it looked like a beautiful painted canvas. She loved playing domino’ s and cards and was actually quite good even in her older age- beating her son-in-law all the time.
Holiday times were always special as everyone looked forward to her specialty items. She held the record for years of making the best Potato Salad and the grandchildren’s Pink Pudding! Those were a must every year.
Being 94 years young- Louise saw many changes in the world during her lifetime. She saw inventions such as rotary phones, television, computers, cable television and cell phones just to name a few.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lynn Ray Wright on September 7, 2022, her parents; 4 brothers- L.D. Henry, Buster Henry, Floyd Henry, Jr., Glenn Henry; and 1 sister; Doris Henry Hulsey. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Sheila Ann Wright Knight, who passed away on her 69th Birthday of September 28, 2016.
She leaves behind her daughter, Sharon Wright Watson, (husband Mike Watson); 4 grandsons, David Knight, Kevin Knight, (wife Amanda Knight); Brandon Ward, (wife Nancy Ward), Chase Watson; 1 granddaughter, Tara Camp, (husband Stuart Camp); 6 great grandchildren, Kara and Kelsie Knight; McKenna Ward, Kaden and Kolby Allen (Ward); Jaxon Camp and numerous nieces and nephews.