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Gwendolyn Wrighster Maxine

December 3, 2013
Gwendolyn Wrighster Maxine
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Gwendolyn Maxine Wrighster - 74, passed December 03 , 2013. Gwendolyn Maxine Wrighster was born on January 4, 1939 in Memphis, Tennessee to Robert and Dora Mitchell. She graduated from St. Augustine High School in 1957. Gwen married George Wrighster (deceased in 1999) on April 4, 1958. She was a housewife for several years before attending Memphis City Schools, Board of Education Practical Nursing Program, where she obtained her LPN nursing license. Being the ambitious women she was, she didnt stop there.Gwen was a firm believer in education, so much so that at the age of 50, she went back to nursing school at Methodist Hospital School of Nursing and obtained her license to become a Registered Nurse and simultaneously pursued a teaching degree at Memphis State University. She became a member of Grace Christian Fellowship in the mid 1990s. Gwen loved the Lord and spent each morning and each evening reading the Word of God. Her love of the Word was exemplified by her lifestyle. People will say what they most appreciated about Gwen was her heart. She always extended a hand and/or a listening ear to anyone in need. She loved to travel, especially taking cruises with her sisters and friends. She traveled to Hawaii, the Caribbean Islands and multiple countries in Europe returning home with plenty of stories about what she saw and experienced. Anyone close to Gwen knows her love of taking pictures. She was guaranteed to have a camera ready to snap pictures of her victims unaware; whether sleeping, putting food in their mouths, or frowning, she always got her picture. The running joke was to hide from Grandma if you didnt want your picture taken. She would just laugh then proudly send a copy of the picture to you. She loved plays, the beach and movies. She especially loved going to the monthly birthday dinners and lunches with her St. Augustine High School graduating class. She loved her summers spent in California and her falls and winters spent in Jacksonville, Fl. She loved being in Memphis, declining offers to move away. Gwen loved her family and had no problems showing it. She had a ready smile and the joy that she received from the accomplishments of her children, grandchildren and great-children was always shown. She was known as Grandma to all the young people who came into her circle. She gave wonderful, scriptural advice always considering both sides of an issue without taking sides or being intrusive. Regardless of the response, she was always kind and truthful when giving her opinion. The family knew to use the threat Im going to call Mom to bring around someone too far out of line. Gwen was a woman of few but very powerful and important words. Famous for writing letters to her grandchildren, she gave words of encouragement, advice and direction. When told Grandma was sending a letter, they didnt know whether to smile or groan, but they were always appreciated. This habit of writing letters continued as she just wrote her last email to two great-grandchildren within the last month. Gwen crocheted afghans for each grandchild with his/her own distinct color. Sometimes the afghan would be completed in short order and other times it may have taken a year; but, she would always, Im working on it. Sure enough she would complete them. Gwen loved life, her family and her friends. She went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 3, 2013. She is survived by two sons, George Wrighster Jr. (Cassandra), Chatsworth, CA and Eric Wrighster (Doris), Memphis, TN: two daughters, Vicki Wrighster, Woodland Hills, CA and Adrienne Brown (Ronnie), Memphis, TN; two sisters, Yvonne Jackson (Floyd), Grandview, MO and Jacqueline Mitchell, Memphis, TN; seven grandchildren, George III, Mariama, Eric, and Ayana Wrighster, Ronnie Brown Jr. and Benjamin Brown and Crystal Parks; five great-grandchildren, Damon, Ajani, Peyton, Caden and Laila Wrighster and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. The family will receive friends Tuesday, December 10th from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 11:30 a.m., all to be held at Grace Christian Fellowship , 3035 E. Holmes Rd. Memphis, TN 38118.Burial in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. Harold Ford Funeral Chapel 901.379.0861

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