Betty Lou (Glines) Wright

Betty Lou (Glines) Wright

March 3, 1929 – August 6, 2023

Betty Wright, age 94, of Omaha, Nebraska, was born in Chariton, Iowa to Frank and Frances Glines on March 3, 1929. With her parents and younger sister, Glo, she moved to Corydon, Iowa where she attended Corydon High School. She was elected senior class president, graduating in 1947.

Betty continued her schooling at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education, and married law school graduate, Tom Wright, on September 1, 1950. Betty and Tom lovingly raised three children, living first in Des Moines, before moving to Omaha in 1963.

After all three children were in school, Betty began her second career, as an elementary teacher in Westside 66. Her experience as a mother increased her effectiveness as a teacher. She is remembered for her practical wisdom and wit, her sense of humor, and her warmth toward both students and staff. After her husband of 35 years passed away in 1985, Betty found comfort in the children she taught, and her growing family of grandchildren.

Her retirement years were spent loving grandchildren, traveling with friends and family, playing bridge, hosting holiday dinners and birthday parties, cooking, baking, cheering, consoling, caring for her aging mother, and caring about her grown children who continued to value her advice.

Betty entered into rest on August 6, 2023, at the Country House Residence for Memory Care. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas N. Wright;  sister, Gloria Montgomery. She is survived by her son, Randy (Veronica) Wright; daughters, Ruth (Jim) Woodland, and Mary (Ken) Pargett, all of Omaha; ten grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren.

Visitation is Monday, August 21, 2023, 10:00 a.m-11:00 a.m., followed by funeral service, 11:00 a.m. all at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 15002 Blondo St., Omaha. Memorials are suggested to the Westside Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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  • Suzanne Haller Posted August 10, 2023 9:17 pm

    Praying for everyone and remembering what a beautiful person Aunt Beaty was..

    • Ruth Woodland Posted August 12, 2023 9:19 am

      Thank you, Suzanne. I’m so glad she was able to celebrate so many family occasions in California with you.

  • April Bridwell Posted August 11, 2023 6:50 am

    Thoughts and prayers to your family.

  • Carol Fleming Posted August 11, 2023 7:48 am

    Ruth and family, Oh what a lady and friend Betty was. I loved her and teaching with her. I am so sorry to not be in town on Monday to honor her. We will be returning from Ohio after celebrating our granddaughters’s 10th birthday. You are and will be in my prayers. Carol

  • Connie Clark Posted August 11, 2023 11:01 am

    Betty was one of my favorite people to travel l with sorry I can’t be there. My condolences to all the family Connie.

  • Cindy Morrison Posted August 11, 2023 1:12 pm

    So very sorry to read of your mother’s passing to heaven. The Lord will guide you with peace and comfort. Cindy Morrison.

  • John and Sara Young Posted August 11, 2023 4:42 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to all family members. You are in our thoughts and prayers.”

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