February 21, 1930 - April 8, 2013
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Lee Wright was born Lelia Florence Craigo in Hot Springs, Arkansas to Richard "Dick" Craigo and Lelia Craigo. She died April 8, 2013, from complications of chronic pulmonary obstructive disease.
Lee graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Language Therapy in 1952. While at Northwestern, she met and married Rogers H. Wright, also from Arkansas, who was pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology. After she worked a brief stint as a speech therapist for the Chicago area schools, Lee and Rogers moved to Southern California, and Lee began teaching in the Los Angeles schools as a speech therapist. In 1960, their daughter, Stacy was born; and in 1964, a son, Craig, followed. While living in Long Beach when the children were young, Lee was active in the PTA. Lee enjoyed reading, painting, learning Spanish, snorkeling and scuba diving. She subsequently obtained her Masters degree in Speech and Language Therapy from California State University at Long Beach.
Lee worked for the Long Beach Unified School District as a speech therapist, and retired in 1988. In the late 1970s, Lee joined the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach, and over the years, held numerous leadership positions within the church, and for the Pacific Southwest District of Unitarian Universalists, as well as supporting the Long Beach Mozart Festival. She was also very active philanthropically, supporting numerous charities in Long Beach and abroad.
Lee loved to travel and explore new cultures, and was very involved supporting the Museum of Latin American Art as a docent for several years. She spent a great deal of time with her daughter, Stacy, and Stacy's family, as well as Lee's own wide circle of friends.
Lee was greatly loved and will be missed by the countless people she touched in her life. She is survived by her daughter, Stacy; beloved son-in-law, Jim; treasured grandchildren, Ryan & Meredith; cherished brother, Richard and niece, Brittany.
Lee's memorial service will be held on June 14, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach, located at 5450 Atherton Ave., Long Beach, CA 90815.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 10, 2013