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Audrey Lavern Wright

• Updated Jun 12, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Funeral services for Mrs. Wright will be Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Partlow Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be held Friday, June 13, 2014 from 4-8 p.m. and again on Saturday from noon until the service at the Partlow Funeral Chapel. Pastor Jon Akin will officiate, and interment will follow in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Wright, born June 8, 1924 to the late Harry and Mabel Lord in Pittsburgh, Pa., passed away on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at University Medical Center.

She graduated nursing school in May 1946. During this time, there was a great need for nurses for the war effort and the military had a program for nursing students to participate in essential civil and or other federal government services for the duration of the war. Mrs. Wright participated in this program and graduated nursing school in the Cadet Nurse Corps. But before she graduated, Mrs. Wright met and married the love of her life, a young soldier, Charles Wright, in January of that same year. In October 1947 they had a son, David, and 11 years latter a daughter, Valerie, who is married to Glenn Edwards. Charles passed away in December 1995 just 35 days short of the couple's 50th wedding anniversary.

Her medical career was varied and saw great changes. She went from treating young kids with polio in iron lungs to opening and managing the first coronary units at Bedford County Medical Center in Shelbyville. Also during her nursing career, she worked in the Emergency Room, in Labor and Delivery, in the Pediatric Department, and finally retired from the Veterans Health Administration Hospital in Murfreesboro as head nurse of the psychiatric ward. In addition her nursing career, Audrey and Charles were owner and operators of two craft stores: Pandora's Box in Florida and The Imagination Station in Lebanon.

She was called Grandma Wright to five precious children, Michelle, Brian, Justin, Matthew and Aaron. She also had, what she thought she would never see in her lifetime, two great-grandchildren, Sebastian and Olivia.

She loved the Lord and enjoyed serving him. She and her husband were founding members of their Church in Florida. She often reminisced of the early days of that church and teaching Sunday school to the preschoolers in the broom closet. She was looking forward to teaching again. For the last several months as her health declined, she would say, maybe next Sunday I will feel better and can go to Church.

Pallbearers will be Aaron Grayum, Justin Wright, Matthew Edwards, Aaron Edwards, Brian Wright, Marc Humes and Sam Trott.  

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements, 615-444-7007, obit line 615-444-7700, partlowchapel.com. 

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