Lella Claire Carter Wright passed away peacefully on November 29, 2016, surrounded by her family. She was born in New Orleans on January 15, 1925. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Everard Wright (Bill), her parents, Troy and Mary Carter and her brothers, Troy Carter, Jr. and Walter Carter. Claire is survived by her four children: William, Jr. (Alice), Roxanne Stoehr (Jan), Carter (Stephanie), and David (Jane), five grandchildren: Matthew (Susanne), Caroline, Alexandra, Samantha Ross (Aaron) and Hunter Stoehr and two great-grandchildren: Zoe and Alice Wright. Claire attended McDonogh 35 High School and Dominican College where she graduated with a degree in Home Economics. Upon graduation, she was employed by New Orleans Public Service, Inc., where she taught homemaking skills such as cooking and home finances. Claire was happily married to Bill for over 60 years. She was a lifelong and active Presbyterian, and a former member of Third Presbyterian and Lakeview Presbyterian, as well as New Covenant Presbyterian in Mandeville. She held many leadership roles in the church, including service as elder and president of the Women of the Church. She was active in Church Women United, an ecumenical organization which helped establish programs to combat poverty through education. She loved meeting people from all Christian denominations as well as people from other cultures and religions. She volunteered for many years as a tutor in New Orleans through Start The Adventure In Reading (STAIR) program, and through organizations such as Pitot House, New Orleans Historic Collection and Raintree. Claire was also a hard-working Cub Scout den mother and a Girl Scout leader. She was an active member of the Orleans Club, which she enjoyed for many years. Claire was an avid fan of Mardi Gras and the Jazz Fest where she sang in the Gospel Tent with the ladies choir, the New Orleans Blends. Claire was known by her family and friends as a loving, kind, compassionate and positive person. Her children, son and daughters-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were truly devoted to her. She had a beautiful spirit and was always sweet and pleasant to whomever she met. She will be deeply missed but will live on in the hearts and minds of her devoted family and friends, and through faith in Jesus Christ, she has been reunited in her heavenly home with her loved ones who preceded her. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, December 2, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Lakeview Presbyterian Church in New Orleans, with a reception to follow at Southern Yacht Club. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lakeview Presbyterian Church, 5914 Canal Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124, or the charitable organization of your choice.
Published in The New Orleans Advocate from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, 2016.