Elizabeth Story Wright (1939 - 2014)

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DUBLIN - Elizabeth Story Wright, 75, of Dublin died peacefully at RiverMead in Peterborough on July 12.

Born on June 11, 1939 in Philadelphia to John Story Smith and Katherine Snowden Smith, she is survived by her husband of 41 years, Thomas P. Wright. She is also survived by her son and daughter in-law, William and Laura Wear of Amherst, Mass., her daughter and son in-law, Katherine and Christian Van Wely of Wakefield, Mass., her step-son, Spencer Wright of Santa Fe, N.M., step-daughter, Georgia Wright of Fairfax, Calif., step-son and daughter in-law, James and Mary Wright of Wilton, Conn., sister Sidney Franklin of Sonoita, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Anna, Sam, and James Wright and Lily and Holliday Wear, and a loyal but naughty Bernese Mountain Dog, Oliver.

Story lived in Philadelphia and Tuscon before moving to New Hampshire. She attended Smith College and worked as a teacher prior to living in New Hampshire. Story was an active member of her community, serving on the boards of Monadnock Family Services, Monadnock Conservancy, Cheshire Bank, New Hampshire Public Television, the school board for the town of Dublin, and in 2006 she was named "Dublin Citizen of the Year," after successfully leading the Beech Hill-Dublin Lake Watershed Project.

Story loved dogs and horses and was a Master Gardener. She loved to be outdoors in nature where she found great peace. She loved her family, and was fiercely devoted to all five of her children and their spouses. "YaYa" to her grandchildren, Story was a wonderful grandmother, giving her love, time, and affection without limit. Story's strength, humor, and compassion were an inspiration and a gift to all who knew her.

A private ceremony is being planned for family, and a celebration of Story's life will be held in the fall for friends and community members. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Monadnock Conservancy.


Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on July 17, 2014