Aug. 2, 1949 < Dec. 23, 2008
Susan P. Wright passed away peacefully on Dec. 23, 2008, after a seven-year struggle with Alzheimer's.
was born in Portsmouth, N.H., to Lt. Col. and Mrs. William R. Powers
Jr. She spent her youth traveling the world with her family as her
father served in England, Germany and at several stateside Air Force
She graduated from Hap Arnold High School in Wiesbaden,
Germany, and went on to Plymouth State College, N.H., to pursue a degree
in education. After graduation from Plymouth State, she taught in New
Hampshire and then joined the Department of Defense School System.
She taught elementary school at Yongsan, Seoul, South Korea and Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines.
teaching at Clark, she was invited to Thanksgiving dinner at some
friends' house in 1976. Also attending that dinner was an Air Force
officer, Kendall Wright, who happened to be there while flying a C-141
mission to Vietnam from Travis Air Force Base.
They took an instant
liking to each other, and their romance grew over the next few months as
Ken did everything in his power to secure missions to Clark. They were
married in Portsmouth, N.H., in August 1977 after Sue's return to the
In November 1978, she gave birth to their daughter,
Karelin. Three months later, the family was off to Hickam Air Force Base
in Hawaii for a three-year tour. They returned to Travis in 1982 and
made Solano County their home.
After taking three years off to care
for her daughter in her early years, Sue was employed by Travis Credit
Union and Macy's Fairfield. She returned to teaching after her
daughter's graduation from Fairfield High School, first with a class at
Suisun Elementary and then as a substitute for many years.
spare time, she loved to work with her hands. She was expert at
cross-stitch and also left her family with a lovely hand-made afghan and
hooked rug wall hangings. She and Ken loved their mini-vacations to
Lake Tahoe and Monterey.
Sue was deeply involved in her daughter's
school activities, especially with the Fairfield High Scarlet Brigade
Band. She served as a Pageantry Unit Member Mom for three years and as
president of the Scarlet Brigade Booster Club from 1995 to 1998.
Her efforts as a teacher and with the Scarlet Brigade touched the lives of a generation of Fairfield's children.
is survived by her husband, Kendall J. Wright of Fairfield; daughter
Karelin and her husband Jeffrey Gray of Orangevale; parents Lt. Col.
(ret.) and Mrs. William R. Powers Jr. of Portsmouth, N.H.; and brother
William R. Powers III and wife Dorothy of Portsmouth, N.H.
be interred at the Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery in Dixon,
where she will await her loving husband. Her memorial service will be
held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan, 10, 2009 at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home in
Fairfield, with a celebratory reception to follow at Hilton Garden Inn,
2200 Gateway Court in Fairfield.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, friends and family make donations to the Alzheimer's Association.
Published in Daily Republic on Dec. 30, 2008.