September 21, 1916 ~ May 30, 2017
Frances Elaine Wright, known to her loved ones as "Meems", was 100 when she passed away surrounded by family at her home in Hermosa Beach, CA. Elaine, one of six children, was born in Phoenix, Arizona. She met her husband Allan Banker Wright on Catalina Island in 1938 and they married in 1939. They settled in Beverly Hills, CA and raised a family of 7 children. The family summered annually in Hermosa Beach, becoming permanent residents 50 years ago. Elaine loved the ocean and always credited part of her longevity on the fresh ocean air.
Elaine was very active in her community with charitable organizations, events, and social activities. A woman of deep Catholic faith, she was a parishioner at American Martyrs Catholic Church since 1967. Her hobbies included playing golf, Bridge and Mahjong, dancing, reading, watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, and gardening. She loved Elvis Presley, Mariachi music, and Hawaiian music.
Elaine travelled the world beginning in 1938 with a transatlantic cruise to attend the 1st International Cancer Association meeting in Brussels, Belgium where her father Dr. Palmer was to speak. She continued her love of travel, exploring Europe, Peru, China, Japan, Australia, Turkey, South Korea, Mexico, Cuba, Egypt and Panama.
Most of all, Elaine treasured her family and friends. She had a unique ability to make all whom she loved feel special and cherished. Elaine will be deeply missed for her wisdom, guidance, love, compassion, vitality, and strength.
Elaine is survived by her 7 children Elaine Wright Waters, Allan Banker Wright, Jr., Carolyn Wright Humiston, Roger Thomas Wright, Wendy Giazzon Duran, Dennis Palmer Wright and Thomas Payne Wright; 17 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Allan Banker Wright; parents Dr. Erroll Payne and Bertha Louise Palmer; five siblings; and grandson Gauranga Giazzon.
A private service was held at American Martyr's Church. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.
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