Evelyn Mae Cullander Wright

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Evelyn Wright, "Evy", was born in Crystal Falls, Michigan, on February 4, 1929, to Carl and Hilma Cullander. She graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1946 and married David Dobson Wright on June 6, 1949, in Evanston, Illinois. Evy raised her four children alone after David died in April of 1965. Evy earned her teaching certificate from Northern Illinois University and began teaching elementary school at the Lab School in Evanston in 1966. After accepting the position of Associate Professor of English at Western Washington State University in Bellingham in 1972, she completed her Doctorate in English Education at Northwestern University in 1976. She retired in 1996. Evelyn was a treasured Mother, Nana, Aunt, friend, teacher and mentor to many. After her retirement, she expressed her commitment to social justice as Associate Editor of the Journal of Educational Controversy. She enjoyed and supported music, theater, the opera and arts and happily traveled inside and outside the US with friends. She was a valued member of a writing club and a reading group. She was best known for her generosity and warm welcome to new and old friends and family with home-cooked meals. Evelyn died of complications due to Lupus on Friday, September 22nd, peacefully, with her family around her. She is survived by her four children, David (Holly), Deborah, Joanne and Daniel (Larysa), seven devoted grandchildren and many loving friends. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 4th at 1pm followed by a reception at St. John's Lutheran Church, 2530 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham WA, Cara Tanis, Pastor Donations in honor of Evelyn Wright may be made to American Friends' Service Committee, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Designate it "in memory of Evelyn Wright".
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St. John's Lutheran Church
2530 Cornwall Ave
Bellingham, WA 98225
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Oct. 7, 2017
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