Maxine Wright

Funeral services for Maxine Wright, 83, Lawrence, will be at 11 am Monday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, with Fr. Mick Mulvany officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Maxine died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, where she was affectionately referred to as ‘The Queen.’

She was born Dec. 19, 1933, in Aurora, Kan., the daughter of John H. and Laura Chaput Shellman. She grew up in Junction City, and graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1952. She moved to Lawrence in 1956, and worked at Lawrence Memorial Hospital from 1974 to 1980. Maxine then worked for Drs. Branson, Gilles, Loveland, and Riordan, retiring in 1992. She was a member of Corpus Christi Altar Society, and enjoyed reading and quilting.

Maxine married Richard ‘Dick’ Wright on Oct. 3, 1953, in Junction City. He preceded her in death in 1999. Survivors include six children, Kevin Wright, Shawn Wright, Brian Wright, Colleen Ice, Kathleen Gillihan, and Eileen Cooper; 9 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Dick Wright Scholarship Fund at KU Endowment, or Corpus Christi Catholic Church, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be sent at

Messages & Condolences

From Shirley Brenn...

Maxine was such a sweet lady! I am so sorry for your loss! She was truly blessed with wonderful children…I
have missed seeing your smile, Eileen, & hearing you laugh when visiting with your mom (since I retired) !!
She will continue to live thru her family! You are in my thoughts & prayers!

From Connie Hadl...

I was invited to join the group of ladies that worked together in the Drs. Office, (invited b;y Sharon Chaney). They met once a month for lunch to celebrate birthdays and catch up. It was privilege to be a part of the group. I send my condolences to the family.
Connie Hadl

From Ed & Margie Hackett...

Colleen & family, We are so sorry for the loss of your mother. Are prayers are with you at this difficult time.

From FB...

I am so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort strengthen you for the days a head. Know that caring thoughts are with you. That “He heals the brokenhearted; He binds up their wounds.”-Psalm 147:3;

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