Dolores (Dee) J Wright

CENTRALIA — Dolores (Dee) J Wright, 84, of Centralia, passed away Sunday, April 18, 2021, in her home. She has been surrounded by her family at all times during her recent sickness and all her family was at her bedside at her passing.

Dee was born June 11, 1936, in Raymond, IL, daughter of Charles Sheets and Selma Bryant.

Dee was a devoted mother of six children. She is survived by five children, Gayala Maas (Randy) of Alma, Randy Wright (Marina) of Irvington, Angel Headrick (Boyd) of Bloomington, Julie Johnson of Shiloh, Gloria Hawkins (Rodney) of Flora. Her beloved son, Darran Wright preceded her in death in 2019, his wife Rhonda survives in Centralia. Dee was a much-loved Mema to 13 grandchildren; Daniel Maas, Michael Maas, Justin Maas, Nicholas Wright, Mathew Wright, Destanee Mueller, Christopher Headrick, Brittany Read, Joshua Johnson, Blake Johnson, Mitchell Budds, Serena McKnelly and Jacob Hawkins. She also had the privilege to love 20 ½ great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Bonnie Sheets; two brothers-in-law, Bill Heil and Kenneth Gilliam.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Charles Sheets and Selma Bryant, two brothers, Wyman Sheets (June), Charles Darrell Sheets, and two sisters; Rita Gilliam and Sheila Heil.

Dee always had a calling to fulfill her role as a registered nurse. She desired to be the hands of Christ through acts of nurturing and compassion. She worked as a nurse but also went on several medical mission trips abroad. She graduated from Kaskaskia College School of Nursing at the age of 55. Her last work assignment as a nurse was at Salem Township Hospital where she worked for 20 years and did not retire until the age of 80. Her work at Salem was very close to her heart, where she worked on the medical-surgical unit and with cardiologist, Scott Nordlicht MD, from St. Louis, Missouri.
Dee used every opportunity to share her tremendous passion of her faith in our Lord and Savior. One of the ways she served was through teaching, singing, and praying through her work as the prayer chairman and board member of the Christian Bible Study group at Grace of the Nazarene Church in Salem, Illinois.

Dee was a member of The Rock Church. Her last meeting with Pastor Steve and Jennifer Upchurch was imploring them to “put another brick on the wall”, a reference from the book of Nehemiah, encouraging them to continue to provide working discipleship through the church.

A Celebration of Life Service for Dolores (Dee) Wright will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 23, 2021, at The Rock Church in Centralia with Pastors Steve Upchurch, Curt Reed, and Jason McIntosh officiating. Burial will follow in Fouts Cemetery.

A visitation will be held Thursday, April 22, 2021, from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at The Rock Church in Centralia. Memorial donations may be made in Dee’s memory to The Rock Church and will be accepted by the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home at 235 North Sycamore Street in Centralia, Illinois 62801 (618) 532-3523, who is honored to be of service to the Wright family.

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