Patricia A. Wright


Patricia (Pat) Ann Wright, 72, peacefully passed away at the home of her daughter, Misty and husband Wayne Craven, in Harrisonville, Missouri, on February 14, 2011. 
Pat was born on March 13, 1938 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to a young lady out of wedlock, who put her up for adoption. Later the young lady married and had one son, Floyd Avery of Anadarko, Oklahoma.  Baby Pat was adopted by a couple, Irvin and Anastasia Lillie. They resided in Barstow, California. Irvin made a career of working for the railroad.
Pat was the joy of her parents. Her mother kept detailed records in several  scrapbooks of baby Patty’s accomplishments, as well as current events of that time. Many pictures of Pat growing up capture her loving on and carrying around numerous cats and dogs. Patricia’s love for animals expanded on to horses. One could say she ’grew up on a horses back‘. Her love for animals continued throughout her life.
Patricia married Robert Wendell, together they had three daughters, Mary, Sherry and Terry. She remarried in 1960 to Earl V. Wright and together they had a daughter, Misty. Earl and Pat with her daughters, resided in Santa Ana, California for about 10 years and later purchased their first home in Orange County. They enjoyed raising and selling American Quarter Horses. Pat’s most favorite horse she ever owned was a smooth riding, well trained, blue roan and excellent broodmare named Bluebell. In Pat’s final time here, her daughter Misty got a rise out of  her mom by talking about what a great mare Bluebell was.
Patricia worked as a horse show secretary for many years. She was active in the Southern California Buckskin Horse Association and Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Association and numerous others. She volunteered her time for many years raising money by putting on benefit horse shows and auctions for the March of Dimes Organization.
Patricia was a very talented florist and crafter. Give her silk ribbon & flowers, wire and a hot glue gun and she could create it, usually with a kitty cat on her lap. Patricia was a generous giver and found great pleasure in giving gifts, whether she made them or ordered from a catalog. She enjoyed reaching out to her friends and family by telephone and could keep the conversation going for very long stretches. 
Some of Patricia’s most memorable vacations were to Hawaii and in her final time here, she could still smile and reflect on her time there.  Her daughter Misty asked her if she would like her ashes spread in the beautiful warm ocean waters of Hawaii and with an excited glee exclaimed “YEAH!”
It is our desire to do that for her.
After her husband Earl’s death in 1996, Pat moved to Arizona and lived there independently, with her fat cat Lucky. In November, 2010, Pat suffered several strokes and was diagnosed with other terminal health issues, thus, prohibiting her continued independent living. She spent her final days with her daughter, Misty and husband Wayne Craven, in Harrisonville, surrounded by love and treated like a queen. Her passing was sweet and peaceful.
Surviving her are three daughters, Roberta (Sherry) Filicko, Buena Park, California, Terry Sewell and her husband Billy Jo, Corona, California and Misty Craven and her husband Wayne, Harrisonville, Missouri; five grandchildren, Chad Campbell, Tennessee, April Sewell, Corona, California, Curtis Krebbs, Harrisonville, Missouri, Crystal Hedgpeth and her husband Jeff, Raymore, Missouri and Kyle Krebbs, Harrisonville, Missouri, and three great-grandchildren, Kelli Campbell, Tennessee, Chase Campbell, Tennessee and Camryn Hedgpeth, Raymore, Missouri.


  1. Kathy Maricelli on February 28, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I’ll be missing our long conversations on the phone, our remembrances of camping with the horses and the time she
    loaned me Bluebell to go camping and trail riding at the Cueamacca (not sure about the spelling) State Park down in
    San Diego Co.. I’ll remember all the horse shows we attended, especially the time she leaned to back up the Horse trailer in the parking lot. We had a lot of good times. Loved living down the street from her in Santa Ana Hgts..
    I’ll sure be missing her but know she’s in a new and better place, organizing and helping people with pets and having a good old time.
    Thank you girls for making her days a lot easier. There’s an extra jewel in your crowns.

  2. Rick Wright on February 20, 2011 at 11:26 am

    My prayers are with you Misty. Your Mom ‘s spirit is with God and our father.

  3. Misty (Wright) Craven on February 19, 2011 at 1:02 am

    I kept asking the Lord to show me His will for my life. I wanted a more meaningful job and to serve. I my wish & got my training experience on mom. It was a labor of love but I do believe that in no matter what you do, do it as tho unto the Lord. I said If Jesus Christ himself was laying there in bed, I would not of treated Him any differently than I did mom. And I will now continue on doing the same for others. I will miss you mom forever. I am so thankful to of had that time together in the end. Tell daddy Hi, I love & miss him and give him a big hug for me! Love, Your little Misty

  4. Roberta ( Sherry ) Filicko on February 16, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    I Loved her I will miss her . Thank you Misty and Wayne . I am happy that my MOTHER was so well cared for in her final days . Love from your big sister ( sherry

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