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Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Martha L. (Kraft) Wright, age 95, of rural Vandalia, passed away at 8:58 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Missouri.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
A service will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel
Officiating is the Rev. Bob Hoehn and the Rev. Helen McFarland.
Interment to take place at the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers include Jimmy Wright, Clark Wright, Allen Wright, J. A. Rutherford, Alan Kraft, and Richard Dale Wilkinson.
Honorary pallbearers include Diane Spradling, Allison Loy, Angela Basinger, Betsy Kreisel, and Ashley McKinnie.
Martha L. (Kraft) Wright was born on January 7, 1920 in rural Vandalia, Missouri, the daughter of Herman August and Dolly Leota (May) Kraft.
She married Gerald W. Wright on March 12, 1939 in Bowling Green, Missouri; he preceded her in death on August 20, 1999.
She was a life-long rural Vandalia area resident and member of the Vandalia United Methodist Church.
Martha was a 1937 graduate of Vandalia High School and got her teaching degree from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College in Kirksville. She began teaching near Martinsburg where she met her future husband, Gerald W. Wright. Martha then became a full-time homemaker on the family farm southeast of Vandalia. She enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling with Gerald, especially to Florida during the winter months. Martha’s hobbies included gardening, her flowers, cooking, raising Pekinese dogs, livestock, jigsaw puzzles, embroidery and quilt making.
Survivors include three sons-Herman “Sonny” Wright and wife Alice, of rural Vandalia; Jerry Wright and wife Kathryn, of rural Martinsburg; Charlie Wright and wife Teresa, of rural Vandalia; eight grandchildren-Diane and Thom Spradling, of Vandalia; Jim and Lynda Wright, of Columbia; Allison and Kerry Loy, of Chesterfield; Angela and Jerry Basinger, of Bruning, Nebraska; Betsy and Lyle Kreisel, of Warrensburg; Clark and Stacy Wright, of Martinsburg; Ashley and Kevin McKinnie, of Springfield; and Allen Wright and Trina Hays, of Vandalia; also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gerald; one brother, Louis A. Kraft; four sisters-Eloise Diechman, Marie Rutherford, Wilma Rutherford, and Geneva Moore.
Memorials are encouraged to the Vandalia United Methodist Church or to the donor’s choice.