Mary Ann Wright, born March 11, 1933, Klamath Agency, OR on
the Klamath Indian Reservation.
Parent’s Names: Alvin McGiven Jackson, Father; Cordelia George Jackson
Date and Place of Death: Went to eternal rest with her Lord and Savior on December 23, 2020
at her residence in Chiloquin, Oregon, surrounded by her family.
Surviving Family: Harold Bell Wright, Husband; Children: GeorGene Nelson, Chiloquin, OR;
Tamara Wright, Klamath Falls, OR; Darin Wright and Lauren J Schonchin, Beatty, OR Harold Wright Jr.
and wife Becky, Chiloquin, OR; and Aaron Wright, Chiloquin, OR. 21 Grandchildren and 32 Great
Grandchildren. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and cousins.
Daughters in law: Loretta Wright; Sandra Wright and Theresa Hubbard
Sister-in-law and Brother-in-law: June and Don Spears, Reno, NV; Sister-in-law: Susan Redbird Jackson, Gilroy, CA.
Preceding Family Members: Alvin M. Jackson, Father; Cordelia G Jackson, Mother, Alvin J.
Jackson, Brother; Richard A. Jackson, Brother; Sisters: Lorene Jackson, Alfreta G Lalo; Victoria Dickens;
Alberta Perkins, Ilene Jackson, Marilyn M. Jackson. Granddaughters Aimee F. Erlei Souza; Theresa A.
Education and Degrees: Beautician College Training, GED, Some Business College, Certified
Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Date of Marriage and Place: Married to Harold Bell Wright in Reno, Nevada, November 4, 1957
Places Lived and Dates: Born on the Klamath Indian Reservation at the Klamath Agency
Hospital. As a child lived in Ashland, OR with her family, teen years lived in Portland, OR, periodically
returning for summer visits to family on the Klamath Indian Reservation. Married Harold B. Wright and
lived on the Klamath Indian Reservation. Raised her family in the Chiloquin and Klamath Falls areas from
1950s until 1980s. Lived out her retirement years in Chiloquin, OR from 1983 until 2020.
Jobs, held, places and dates: Homemaker from 1950s until 1970s, worked in Dry Cleaning
(1969), Education (1970s-1980s), Alcohol and Drug Counseling (1980s-1990s) Foster Parent (1980s to
Hobbies and Interests: Sewing, Reading, Baking, Cooking, Gathering Traditional Native foods;
Powwow dance regalia making, beading and moccasin making, haircutting, and Parading with her family
during the Annual Klamath Tribes Restoration Celebration, and attending powwows and Indian rodeos
throughout the state with her family. She shared family history and enjoyed visiting with family and
Organizations, memberships, volunteer work and honors received:
She was an enrolled member of the Klamath Tribes, a full-blooded Modoc/Paiute/Klamath/Molalla elder. She was a Great-Great Granddaughter of Chief Weah Wewa, of the Kidutokado Northern Paiute Band, Great-Great niece of Chief Paulina and Great Great Granddaughter of Chuck-lulp George aka Doctor George of the Modoc Tribes and Lemi-a-lag, Great- Great Grandmother; Great Granddaughter of Ruth Lalo Jackson of the Klamath Tribes and Jim Jackson, Molalla Tribe; Great Granddaughter of Mike Weah and Ouse Godowa Weah. She volunteered on Committees for the Klamath Tribes: Klamath Tribal Health Advisory Board; Klamath Tribes Culture and Heritage Committee and Tribal Election Board. Regular participant at General Council Meetings of the Klamath Tribes throughout most of her adult life. Helped to develop outreach programs for alcohol and drug recovery in the Chiloquin and Beatty areas when working as a drug and alcohol counselor for KADA, Inc. Received recognition as a Klamath Tribal Elder. She and her family won parade awards for family floats at the Klamath Tribes Parades from the 1970s to 2019. She was a member of the Williamson River Community Church, and devoted Christian disciple. She loved to attend revivals and go to any church services locally or whenever she traveled. As a young Jr. High student she was the representative for her school as The Freshie Queen, and represented her Portland, Oregon school, Girls Poly, in the Rose Festival Parade in 1947.
Services will be held at a later time due to the COVID19 pandemic and family wishing
to keep others safe at this time. Viewing will be held on Saturday January 2, 2021 at the O’Hairs-Wards Funeral Chapel 515 Pine
St, Klamath Falls, OR., from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.
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