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Guillermina "Mina" Wright

Mina Wright, 93, of Lecanto, Fla., died on April 20, 2013, at Citrus Health and Rehabilitation Center in Inverness. A longtime resident of Key West, Fla., Mina was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on Aug. 28, 1919, to Guillermo and Maxine Medina. She graduated from Los Angeles City College with a degree in drafting, which she used in service to her country. In 1942, Mina joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Washington, D.C., where she was the only woman in an office of men. She proved herself and enjoyed her sojourn there. While in D.C., she met her husband, Donald Lundy Wright, marrying him on Groundhog Day in 1945. They remained in the D.C. area for the next few years. In 1947, in Bethesda, Md., she gave birth to her first son, William Donald Wright. They were later transferred to Coco de Sol, Panama, where she gave birth to Donald Lundy Wright II, in 1949. Then they were transferred to Key West, then between Key West and Panama, settling, upon Donald's retirement from the Navy, in Key West. Mina lived in Key West until the fall of 2003, when she moved first to Sebring, Fla., and later to Lecanto.
While in Key West, Mina worked for civil service and was a board member for the credit union. She and Donald loved to travel, going frequently to California and Hawaii as well as abroad. Upon her retirement Mina took the position of concierge at the Casa Marina Resort in Key West. She was a familiar and welcome sight in the lobby for many years, greeting guests and locals alike. She received the honor of becoming the first Key West member of Les Clefs d'Or. Her Honorary Conch certificate, presented to her by Wilhelmina Harvey, hung in a place of honor. She was an active Rotarian, volunteering at many events.
Survivors include her son William, of Lecanto, Fla.; her daughter-in-law Rachel Wright, widow of Donald II, of Sebring, Fla.; grandchildren Todd Wright and his wife Nicole, of Chicago, Ill., and Robyn Wright of Key Largo, Fla.; great-grandchildren Grady Wright and Susanna Wright of Chicago and Makenzie Wright and Coral DePauw and Caylee DePauw of Key Largo, Fla. Mina was preceded in death by her parents, Guillermo and Maxine Medina; husband, Donald Lundy Wright; brother, Ruben Medina; and son, Donald Wright II.
Her life will be celebrated with close family and friends at a later date in Key West.

Published in Citrus County Chronicle on May 26, 2013
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