On a cold January morning in 1934, the Wright family was warmed by the birth of their daughter, Mamie Wright, the seventh child of a family that was to become twelve in number.
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Mamie was a healthy child. She grew up on a farm in Santa Rosa County, Florida, and reached the remarkable height (for a member of the Wright household) of five-feet, six inches. Times were hard in the 1930's, and farmers were struggling. Like all the other children of Seth and Effie E. Wright, Mamie grew up working. She milked cows, fed the chickens and pigs, chopped cotton, pulled corn, picked cotton, harvested and canned vegetables, and cooked for the family.
Mamie was a good student. She excelled in language arts and written communications. Among many school activities, she was a member of the Jay High School Band, which introduced her to music and sparked a life-long appreciation for all types of music. Upon graduation from Jay High School in 1952, she was congratulated by Senator, Bob Sikes on her receipt of the Lewis Scholarship, the school's Journalism award, and named the year's "Good Citizenship Girl" by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
She departed the "thriving metropolis" of Jay, Florida and attended the University of Florida for approximately one year, where she decided that she wanted to see the world and she enlisted in the United States Air Force, in 1954. Mamie served with the Strategic Air Command and was selected for service with President Eisenhower's Summer Whitehouse staff in Denver Colorado. From there she served in the Office of Information Services of the Pacific Air Force. Following that tour, she served in Puerto Rico, where she was promoted to wife and mother, and she was honorably discharged from the USAF, in 1959.
Mamie and Ivaldo Buxo Hernandez were married in 1959 and she attended the Universidad De Puerto Rico, where she completed two years of language studies while caring for her husband and three children: Perry Buxo, Robert Buxo, and Luisa Buxo Huebner. Mamie and Ivaldo were divorced, so she moved back to the United States, and transferred to Florida State University where she pursued a double major in Home Economics and modern languages (Spanish). She graduated cum laude with two Bachelor of Arts degrees, and was a member of the Omicron Nu honorary society. Mamie enjoyed people. She juggled work and school and tutored physically and mentally challenged students. Also, she worked with the Florida Department of Human Resource Services (HRS). She completed her employment years, teaching Spanish and sponsoring student associations at the James A. Shanks High School, in Gadsden County, Florida,
Throughout her life, Mamie was loving, kind, generous, tenderhearted, and industrious. She spoke kindly of people and exemplified Christian principles in all her dealings. She was a born-again believer and a life-long member of the Methodist Church. She enjoyed fellowshipping with the members of the Bethel United Methodist Church and attended services there at every opportunity. Mamie's life is a testament to service and study.
Mamie is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Col. Perry Buxo, USMC Ret, his wife Cristina, and her son, Robert Buxo, her granddaughter, Olivia Marie Marth, ("Libby"), her grandson, William Ryan McKenzie, ("Willie"), her sisters, Ruth H. Brown, Mildred C. Wagner, Marzilla Bryson, and brother, Seth E. Wright, and a multitude of nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her daughter, Luisa Huebner, her sisters: Nancy Elizabeth Bloomer, Margaret Edna Fox, Eunice Hillier, and her brothers: Thomas Wright, Mack Wright, William P. Wright, and Lumus Claude Wright.
The friends and family of Mamie Wright wish to thank and to express their appreciation to the physicians, nurses, and staff members of the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and the Rehabilitation Center for their tender care during the last few months of her life.
Mamie's family and friends invite you to attend a celebration of her life at a memorial service to be held at the BETHEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 1470 BETHEL CHURCH ROAD, TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA 32304, ON SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2012, AT 2 P.M. Reverend George D. Potter will be officiating.
Mamie loved flowers and flowering plants of all kinds; however, in lieu of flowers, she would be pleased if anyone so inclined would advance the Kingdom of God on Earth by making a contribution to the church at the above address.
Published in Santa Rosa Press Gazette from May 23 to May 24, 2013