Frances Mason Harlan Wright SLATON-Frances Mason Harlan Wright, 100, of Slaton, Texas, passed from this life Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. She was a respected and honored piano teacher known as Mrs. J.A. Wright by her countless pupils on the South Plains. Her gift of music was natural, and her passion. She started teaching at the age of 14 to earn her tuition for college. She attended West Texas College in Canyon and Texas Tech University, where she earned her music teaching degree. Her gift of music was shared with children from Slaton, Post, Wilson, Tahoka and New Home early in her career. She lived and was devoted to her Harlan family values. Proud of the centuries of Harlan family values, her work ethics inspired her to give her gift to others and retire at the age of 82. She was a member of the Athenians Study Club and Daughters of The Pioneer Club. Her dedication to music earned her early recognition in the Who's Who Society of Music Teachers, and she was a member of the United States National Piano Guild. She was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church in Slaton, where she played the piano and organ to lift the Lord's word through her music ministry for over 60 years. She was married to James Austin Wright June 9, 1934, in Slaton; they had a son, James Harlan Ab Wright. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1990 and son in 1982. She is survived by grandchildren, James Bradley Wright and wife Sally of Slaton, Walter Bryan Wright of Allen, Texas, Brandon Wright of Denver, Colo., and Jamie Frances Wright Marr and husband Shawn of Frisco, Texas, and four great-grandchildren, Levi Wright, George Wright, Lauren Marr and Sarah Marr. Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at Slaton's First United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Englewood Cemetery under the direction of Englunds Funeral Service of Slaton. The family wishes to express their appreciation to Library of Legacies and IntegraCare Home and Hospice Care.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Nov. 20, 2012