Sharon Lynne Wright, 80, of Frankton, passed away peacefully at her family home surrounded by her loving family on November 20th after a long, courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born on October 24, 1942, at St. John’s Hospital in Anderson to Ronald and Reba (Hayden) Wright.
Sharon was raised on the family farm and graduated valedictorian from Frankton High School in 1960, at the age of 17. She then attended Purdue University on an academic scholarship where she earned a degree in Home Economics Education, starting a long line of family members who would follow in her footsteps as graduates of Purdue.
Always a free spirit, Sharon followed dear friends from Purdue to San Francisco, CA, where she embarked on many adventures, including law school. She earned a Juris Doctor from UC Hastings College of Law in December 1975 and passed the California State Bar in 1976. She began her law career practicing at Parker, Swann & Leslie in San Francisco until returning home to Indiana in 1982. She joined Linder & Hollowell in Indianapolis specializing in surety and remained there until retirement. Sharon was also an adjunct faculty member at Ivy Tech Community College and taught business law courses for many years.
Although Indiana was home, San Francisco always held her heart as it was here that she met the love of her life, Robert (Bart) Archimedes. Bart bravely served in Vietnam and was awarded a Purple Heart. He preceded her in death far too early, but their union produced the pride and joy of her life, her three surviving children: Jesse (Nakia) Wright, Frankton; Elizabeth (Justin) Werkstell, Phoenix, AZ; and Sarah (Matt) Baldini, Fishers; and her six grandchildren Jonah, Ellis, Valerie, Ethan, Andrew, and Maren. She is also survived by her two brothers Gary (Theresa) Wright and Steve Wright; and sister, Carolyn (Jack) Cohen; as well as many special cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Ronald and Reba; brother, Ron Wright; and sister-in-law, Sharon Elaine (Steve) Wright.
Sharon was adored by her grandchildren and absolutely loved being “Grandma”. At nearly 80, you could still find her outside playing baseball with her grandkids or supervising any other activities they dreamed up. They all knew if you wanted a yes to a request to “ask Grandma!” She loved visiting her daughter Liz in Arizona and even spent a full year there getting to be the “nanny” for her youngest grandson Ethan. No trip to Phoenix was complete without a visit to See’s Candies and she always brought back lots to share. She made the best coconut cream pie on the planet, never said no to a cup of coffee and was always up for a political debate. She also loved studying history and was a voracious reader.
A conservationist at heart, Sharon was immensely dedicated to the preservation of the Wright Family Farm, which was established in Frankton in 1868. In the last two decades she oversaw the planting of over 5,000 trees on her property through a forestry conservation program and created a wildlife habitat. She passed the love of nature on to her children who will continue to be stewards of the farmland in her honor.
The family thanks the Community Cancer Center and the IU Health Simon Cancer Center for their superb care over the last two years. We are forever grateful to Dr. Michael House and Dr. Paul Helft of IU Health for their compassionate expertise and guidance. We also express our sincere gratitude to Gary and Theresa Wright and Southern Care Hospice for the love and care for Sharon.
Sharon’s care has been entrusted to Harper & Dunnichay Funeral Home in Frankton, IN.
Visitation will be on Sunday November 27th from 4-6 pm at Harper & Dunnichay Funeral Home.
The funeral service will be on Monday November 28th at 11 am at Harper & Dunnichay Funeral Home.
Sharon loved flowers or her generous spirit would be honored by contributions to the IU Simon Cancer Center, c/o IU Foundation, PO Box 7072 Indianapolis, IN 46207.