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Mary Alice Smith

EASTVILLE, Va. -- Mrs. Mary Alice Wright Smith died Dec. 11, 2007, at Tandem Rehabilitation Center in Norfolk, Va. She was born Dec. 25, 1915, in York County, the daughter of the late Isaac N. (Bub) Wright and Fannie Crosby Wylie Wright.

Aunt Alice, as her family affectionately called her, was a beautiful woman. In her senior year at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., she was elected "Ms. JCSU". Her late husband, William (Bear) Smith, long time principal in the Northampton, Virginia Public Schools, predeceased her. They both were educators. Although they had no children, they mentored their nieces and nephews as well as countless others whom they taught.

In 1998, the Wright Family Foundation dedicated its historical museum to Alice Wright Smith by naming it in her honor.

Aunt Alice was the last living sibling among eleven original sisters and brothers. Those who predeceased her include, Robert Austin Wright, Elizabeth Wright Ingram, Brannie Wright Moore, Alvin Z. (Ollie) Wright, Eunice Wright Cook, Nellie Wright Barnes, Isaac N. (Fine) Wright, Elma Wright Williams, Paul Wylie Wright and Fannie LaMaude Wright Bacote.

Survivors include her nieces, Sylvia Bacote of Norfolk, Va.; Rose "Posie" Mattison of Atlanta, Ga., Shirley Purvis of Minneapolis, Minn., Roberta Y. Wright, Esq. of Takoma Park, Md., and Katherine W. Davis of Columbia, S.C.; and her nephews, James H. Williams Jr. of York, S.C., David Cook Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz., Isaac N. Wright Jr. of York, S.C., Dr. Richard O. Wright of Norfolk, Va., Michael Wylie Wright of York, S.C.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Gray's Funeral Home in Cape Charles, Va.