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Marie Eldoris (Olson) Wright, 92, died peacefully on September 10, 2021, at Park View Care Center in Buffalo, Minnesota from complications with dementia.

Marie graduated from Dassel High School and attended Gustavus Adolphus College. She met John Wright, who became the love of her life in high school, and they married on December 27, 1950. Her life centered around family, but she also made time for employment, primarily as a stenographer and typist. She was a loving listener and a soft-spoken parent and grandparent who could quiet a throng of rowdy children with a simple, “Say…” or “Now, boys.” She hosted numerous family gatherings, but when complimented about what a fine meal she had prepared, her reply was, “It got good.” It’s difficult to compliment a Swede.

Marie had a deep faith and was active in the Lutheran Church, most recently at Zion Lutheran in Buffalo. She taught Sunday School, summer Bible school, and led church circle groups. Marie shared her musical talent by entertaining with John at nursing homes and other local venues. Marie played the keyboard while John sang and played the guitar and harmonica.

Marie and John traveled to all fifty states, first in their pickup camper and later with bus tours. They also visited Canada, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and the Panama Canal.

Marie is survived by John, her loving and dedicated husband of more than 70 years; her three sons, David (Susan) Wright of Buffalo, James Wright of Maple Lake, Daniel (Anita) Wright of West Plains, MO; a sister, Audrey Wessman of Plymouth, Minnesota; grandchildren, Tristan (Sarah) Wright of Raleigh, NC, Eric (Julisa) Wright of Longview, WA, Spencer (Kristine) Wright of Annandale, Mikayla Wright of West Plains, MO; and many affectionate nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her father, Richard Olson; her mother, Minnie (Sundblad) Olson; her sister, Hazel Jensen; and her brother, Winton Olson.

Please direct memorials to the Zion Lutheran Church Foundation in Buffalo, Park View Care Center in Buffalo, or All Kids Can Learn International, Villages of Hope in Zambia.

A celebration of life is planned for both Marie and John on Thursday, September 30, 2021, at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, Minnesota. Visitation will begin at 9:30 AM. The service will be at 11:00 followed by lunch and reception. The family will be assisted by the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.

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  1. Janice Luoma

    Dave and Sue and family,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your parents. They will be with you forever in the memories you have of both of them. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.


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