Angelene Wright, 93, passed away peacefully on February 19, 2021, at FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst surrounded by family.

Mrs. Wright was born in Booneville, NC on August 17, 1927 to the late Winnfield “Winnie” and Harriet “Hallie” Woodruff.  She married Dr. David Orlo Wright in 1955.   She was a faithful member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Edenton, NC.  Mrs. Wright was a resident of Penick Village in Southern Pines, NC.

Angie was the youngest of seventeen children of the Woodruff family.  She was the only child to attend college and finish with a bachelor degree of science at Wake Forest University in 1956.  She began her career as a medical laboratory technician at Bowman Gray Hospital and Medical School.  Angie continued working in the hospital and nursing home in Edenton.

She loved playing cards, especially Bridge, which is how she met her husband.  Over the years,  bridge brought many lasting friendships, even throughout her time at Penick.  Angie was in Bridge Club in Edenton and arranged many evenings of bridge to get to know people.  She patiently taught her children and their friends bridge on rainy days.

Angie’s family enjoyed traveling together. While her husband was in the Air Force, Angie and her family lived in England. The family rented a home rather than live on the base.  Angie embraced all things British.  She made lasting friendships with her neighbors and in the small town where they were stationed.  Ruth Emma and Andrew were born in Ipswich, England.  David and Angie traveled to other countries and loved shopping for antiques.  When they had to return to the States, Angie brought her love of England with her.  The family always had afternoon tea and she was famous for her English puddings with brandy butter that she made at Christmas.  Later in her life, many summers found her in Maine, where she delighted in views of the bay and ocean, taking long walks, and dining on fresh seafood.

Angie loved to cook and entertain inviting anyone new to town to her home for afternoon tea or dinner.  She was Edenton’s welcome wagon.  She organized the kids at Christmas time and made cookies so she always had something to give to visitors. Snicker doodles, iced sugar cookies in all shapes and sizes, spritz, gingerbread men, meringue, chocolate cookies, you name it, Angie could bake it.   She was a pie baker extraordinaire.  Angie always made her own crust and her family loved her rhubarb, cherry, apple, berry pies.

Angie was a woman of strong persevering faith one of the reasons she made it to 93.  Her faith helped her to have a positive attitude, to be grateful, and always have a conversation that lifted you up.  Angie motto was “I’ll be alright” even if we had a major disaster like covid lockdowns at Penick.   Her home and heart was always open to family and those in need.  Angie volunteered at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Edenton, North Carolina.  Sunday school, alter guild, and choir.  She even got all her children to sing in the choir and one to play the organ.

Her greatest accomplishment and joy was her relationships with family and friends.  She invested greatly in all she came to know and treasured every meal, chat, hug, and gathering.  Birthdays and holidays were always special as Angie opened her home to friends, family, and newcomers.  Sam Dixon and his family, Martin Huff, her nephew, and Lesa, his wife, and their family became blended into our family as we grew together and spent vacations together.

Angie was the BEST mother, the BEST grandmother, and the BEST mother-in-law.  We will miss her dearly but know she was welcomed into heaven as a good and faithful servant!

Angie was the loving wife of 63 years, to Dr. David Orlo Wright.  She is survived by two daughters: Dorothy Katherine Bankhead a pharmacist who currently resides in Plano, TX and son-in-law Marty; Ruth Emma Holm a registered nurse with FirstHealth Pulmonary Rehab who lives in Pinehurst, NC and son-in-law Jeffrey; son Drew Wright a Mortgage Loan Officer with Citizens Bank who lives in Southern Shores, NC and daughter-in-law Lisa; grandchildren:  Diane Bankhead, Michael Bankhead, Angela Scanlon, Winn Wright, Ian Wright and Alex Wright.

A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 101 W. Gale Street, Edenton, NC 27932 at a later date.

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Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

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