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Karen R. Wright

   Karen R. Wright, 70, passed away on Thursday, June 25.

   Karen was born in Wayne County, Indiana, on January 15, 1950. She was the middle of Rex and Waneta Smith Johnson’s seven children. She grew up in the Williamsburg community, her home for most of her years. She attended Williamsburg and Webster-Williamsburg schools and was a proud member of the first graduating class at Northeastern High School in 1968. She graduated from Indiana Business College in Indianapolis. She then earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Ball State University in three years.
   Karen held herself to the highest standard at all she did, including her time at the City of Richmond Parks, City Controller and Purchasing departments in the 1980s and the guidance department at Northeastern High School in the 1990s. She retired after more than a decade at Indiana University East, where she served as the administrative specialist for the tutorial services and academic affairs departments and earned the Staff Council Employee of the Year in 2006. She also held positions at Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Indianapolis, and locally at Ayr-Way, Ivy-Tech and in Wayne County government offices.
   Karen is deeply missed by her husband of 47 years, Robert Wright; son, Kyle Wright & his wife Sunny; daughter, Amy Wright & Ebony Davis; beloved grandson Kyson Wright; sisters Sandra Weber, Cheryl Haynes, Jane Stephens and Beth Underwood; brothers Stan Johnson and Stephen Johnson; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
   Karen enjoyed a wide range of activities, particularly reading, crocheting and cross-stitching. She spent recent months reading her way through a list of classic books. She hand-crafted a valued family possession, a cross-stitched depiction of Robert’s family homestead. Karen embodied competitiveness and loved to play – and win – in board games with family and friends. She played, coached and officiated volleyball for many years. She devotedly supported her family members’ activities, pursuits and dreams. She never missed Bob, Amy and Kyle’s basketball games and tennis matches or Kyson’s piano and choral concerts.
   Karen’s life will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 1 at the Northeastern High School gymnasium, 7295 U.S. 27, Fountain City. Family and friends may visit from 4 to 6 p.m. A family memorial service will follow the visitation time. Karen’s family respectfully asks that visitors please wear masks and observe physical distancing guidelines in order to keep all safe.
   The family wants all to stay safe and invites those who are not able to attend the service to send electronic messages, video messages, photos and remembrances to 979-571-7559 and 317-258-6903 or alwright3@hotmail.com and kjwright28@yahoo.com.
   Karen was a kind and generous person who contributed to many causes. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made in her name to First Bank Richmond, 2499 Chester Boulevard, Richmond, IN 47374 to establish the Karen R. Wright Scholarship Fund for future Northeastern graduates.

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After reading about Karen passing from this world, I went for a walk. Gloomy thoughts about how much poorer this world would be without her were filling my mind when a blue bird suddenly swerved directly into my path. What this blue bird sent to remind me of that quiet, colorful, intelligent person known as Karen Wright? Was it Karen coming herself? These wild thoughts swirled through my mind. In any case, it was a pleasure to work in Tutorial Services at IU East with Karen.

Gary Cobine Jul 3 2020 12:00 AM

To the Wright family and the Johnson family: I am a relative of Karen's on the "Smith" side of the family. Karen's mother, Waneta, and my grandmother, Helen, were sisters in the Alta Sims and John Oren Smith family of nine children. I saw and visited with Karen, (and her family), at the many yearly reunions the Smith family had. She was a very kind and helpful person, truly an exceptional lady. During the summer softball games at the reunions, you wanted to have Karen on your team. I am so sorry for your loss. She will be missed. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Deb Rusk Quackenbush Jun 30 2020 12:00 AM

Such a kind and supportive person. Remember her there with Bob's 1st coaching assignment - 5th grade B-ball and then again in JV. She was such a contributor to the school system and community during her entire life.

Kelly & Eric Sittloh Jun 30 2020 12:00 AM

Growing up in Williamsburg I knew Karen and her family. She was always so kind to everyone. I went to school with Karen until she graduated. I will always have fond memories of her. My prayers go out to Bob and the rest of her family.

Jon Chamness Jun 30 2020 12:00 AM

I remember Karen from Williamsburg and then Northeastern, A fine person with a heart of gold. Always kind and respectful to everyone. Somewhat watchful of the underdog.RIP Karen You are truly missed..Prayers for the family during this sad time.

Helen Hawkins Vickroy Jun 30 2020 12:00 AM

Bob, Kyle and Amy, family and friends:
You have our most deepest sympathy at this very difficult time. Karen will be truly missed. We all will remember her beautiful spirit, her giving heart, and the many lives she touched. Praying you'll find hope in His promises and comfort in knowing that many caring hearts are holding you close.
Dan and Pam (Clarke) Disser and family

Pam Disser Jun 29 2020 12:00 AM

My Deepest Sympathy to Bob, the Wright and Johnson families on your great loss.

Larry Owens Jun 29 2020 12:00 AM

We will miss Karen very much. She was a wonderful Grandma This to Kyson. RIP Karen watch over us all until we meet again in heaven

Jeff and Lisa Durham

Lisa Durham Jun 27 2020 12:00 AM

I first met Karen when I moved from SC to IN, in the early 90's, at the NHS guidance department. It was a bit of a culture shock for both of us. I spoke too slow, with my southern accent, for her to understand me and she spoke too fast for me to comprehend. We laughed about that. We also discovered that we had a birthday in common, the same day, month and year, so we joked that we were twins from different parts of the country. I will miss wishing her happy birthday.
I loved and admired Karen greatly because not only was she so intelligent and could do literally everything, but extremely kind and always smiling. After all my years on earth and 40 years in education I can honestly say that I have never met a person with more INTEGRITY.
Bob, Amy, Kyle, as well as all family and friends, I am deeply saddened by your loss. I will be praying for strength, peace, and comfort for you all.

Linda (Leaman) Rucker Jun 27 2020 12:00 AM

To Bob and family and all the Johnsons. Im so very sorry for your loss. Karen was so kind and such a sweet person as we grew up in Williamsburg to the occasional times I might run into her over the years. My deepest sympathies.

Jeri (Bowmer)Toschlog Jun 27 2020 12:00 AM

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