“Mama Laura” fulfilled a journey of discovery, full of giving and unconditional love. After thirteen years of marriage and no children, Fannie Laura was born to Claude and Ruby Nash. Growing up as an only child, born May 7, 1937, in rural West Point, Mississippi. She was the daughter of farm sharecroppers. Fannie Laura’s beginnings were humble, but she loved being charitable and providing service. As young girl, Fannie Laura stood in the cotton patch and said, “There is more in this world, and I want to see it.” Little did she know, even though she was not an adventurous traveler, her dream would become a reality through her offspring. Her children and grandchildren have traveled to the four corners of the globe. In 1955, she married James O. Wright, Sr., and they headed for Chicago through Des Moines. What was intended to be a short stay visiting relatives, ended up providing a job opportunity for her husband and they made a home in Iowa. Fannie Laura pursued nursing school and became a Licensed Practical Nurse and got a job at Mercy Hospital that turned into a fifty-year career. Preceding her in death were her devoted parents Claude and Ruby, husband James, and beloved son Dwight Wright. Fannie Laura is survived by her children James (Margaret), Daphne (Don), Timothey, her grandchildren Jerome, Antonio (Denise), Richard (Nichelle) and Michael (Hallie), Donovin, and great-grandchildren, Tariq, Antonio, Amani, Stephon, Isaiah, Prince, Kaimana, Noemi, and Amari. Plus, extended family and friends. The family wishes to thank friends and loved ones for their love and support.
A visitation will be held on Monday, August 8th from 5:00-7:00pm at Merle Hay Funeral Home. Fannie will be laid to rest at Chapel Hill Cemetery at Merle Hay Funeral Home.
The funeral service will be livestreamed on Tuesday, August 9th. To view the service, visit this link: https://player.vimeo.com/video/736863300