Jane F. Wright | AspenTimes.com

Jane F. Wright

Born in Montana to Guy and Bess Fitzpatrick, raised in Iowa, Jane’s ticket out of Des Moines was her secretarial skill. In 1940, she went to Washington, D.C. to work for the FBI, and then to South America. There she met the love of her life, Dick Wright of New Orleans. They married in August 1945 and spent 15 glorious years together living and traveling throughout South America, mostly in Caracas, Venezuela. Dick died in 1960. Jane returned with their three children to New Orleans and a wonderful, extended family of Wrights. In 1969 Jane’s boss at Metairie Park Country Day, Carter Hall, offered her a transfer to the new Aspen Country Day School, as secretary to the headmaster. So she started a new life in July 1970. Many students will remember her gentle encouragement and wise counseling as they waited outside the headmaster’s office.

After retiring in 1974, Jane began a career of volunteerism. She was most proud of her 30 years of service at the Aspen Valley Hospital Gift Shop. Most important to her was the faith that she studied and practiced with the fervor of a convert, which she was. She leaves many, many friends behind, from church, school, hospital and all of Aspen. Her faith and her friends made the foundation of her life.

In addition to her husband, Richard E. Wright, her son, Richard, Jr. preceded Jane in death. Surviving are son Stephen Wright of Aspen, daughter Janet Cooper (Jim), granddaughter Shannon Stead (Isaac), great-grandson Isaac Stead, Jr., all of Denver. Of Jane’s many birthdays, this last was perhaps her favorite, celebrating with her great-grandson, Ike.

Services will be held Thursday, Feb. 21 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Aspen. A rosary is planned for 10 a.m., Mass at 10:30 a.m. reception to follow. Burial at Aspen Grove Cemetery will take place in the spring. At Jane’s request, in lieu of flowers please make memorial gifts to Catholic Relief Services or Doctors Without Borders USA.

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