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Clarence H. Wright, 94

December 16, 2011
Traer Star-Clipper

COLUMBIA FALLS Clarence H. Wright, 94, of Columbia Falls, formerly of Great Falls, died of natural causes Saturday December 10, at the Montana Veterans Home in Columbia Falls.

Clarence was born February 18, 1917 in Traer, the son of Thomas and Winifred (Rhodes) Wright. He worked on the family farm during High School and then graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids. After joining the Army, he was transferred to Great Falls in 1940 where he met and married Evelyn Jane MacDonald. They lived in Great Falls until moving to the Montana Veterans Home in Columbia Falls in 2007.

Clarence served in the United States Army during WWII serving in Egypt. Following WWII he returned to Great Falls where he worked as Secretary Treasurer for Montana Flour Mills, and then later for the City of Great Falls until his retirement. He volunteered for Score and assisted many people with their tax returns. Clarence continued to manage the family farm north of Great Falls throughout his entire life. He was an active member of Sunrise Presbyterian Church in Great Falls.

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During their 64 years of marriage, Clarence and his wife Jane raised exotic varieties of daylilies and won many blue ribbons at the Montana State Fair. He was considered a local daylily expert and sought out for his expertise in gardening techniques. He also collected antiques and other collectables.

Clarence was very involved in many Montana Veterans Home crafts and activities. He actively supported many charities. He discovered his artistic side while residing at the Veterans Home and recently won a blue ribbon for an original tile footstone at the Northwestern Montana Fair in Kalispell. He enjoyed the Bingo nights and became a quite competitive player.

Survivors include his children Jim (Margaret) Wright of Everett, Wash., Bob (Lisa) Wright of Savage, Minn., Steve (Kathy) Wright of Columbia Falls, and Margaret (John) Winters of Richland, Washington; 10 grand-children and 1 great-grandson.

Clarence was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Jane; his sister Esther of Heber Springs, Arkansas; and his brother Harold of Ames.

Funeral Services will be held at Columbia Mortuary on Thursday, December 15 at 2:00 pm

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Montana Veterans Home Memorial Foundation, Box 250, Columbia Falls, Mont., or a charity of choice.

Arrangements entrusted to Columbia Mortuary. You are invited to visit to offer condolences, share memories, and view Clarence's Tribute Wall.



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