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Emma Mae Dean Wright Leon

Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 10:06 a.m. CDT

Emma Mae Dean Wright, 86, of Leon died Feb. 28, 2014, at Westview Acres in Leon.

Funeral services were 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Slade–O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon. The Rev. Max Carmichael officiated. Burial was in Garden Grove Cemetery.

Emma Mae Dean Wright, daughter of Emma E. (Hoffman) and Bert Garrett, was born April 26, 1927, in Wayne County, near Garden Grove.

Mae Dean graduated from Cambria High School in 1944. She graduated from Simpson College with a teaching certificate in June 1946.

Mae Dean started her elementary school teaching career in Norwalk, then Weldon, Milo, Moulton and Truro.

On May 23, 1959, Mae Dean married Shelton Everett Wright.

The family was living in Truro when Everett was in a farm accident and lost his arm.

In 1980, they sold the farm and moved to another farm near the junction of highways 2 and 65 south of Humeston. There they raised only cattle and hogs. They retired into a Humeston apartment in November 2006; Everett died Jan. 3, 2007.

Mae Dean continued staying in Humeston, but lived the last years of her life at Westview Acres in Leon.  

Mae Dean helped Everett with the livestock, but mainly was a homemaker.

Mae Dean was a member of the Methodist Church.  

Mae Dean is survived by her niece Colleen (Farman) Polsdofer of Corydon; friends, Kenny and Carol Crawford of Garden Grove; other relatives and friends.

Mae Dean was preceded in death by her parents, husband Everett; siblings, Orval and Daryl Garrett and Lavona Farman; and son Bill.

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