Frances Gorney Wright, 76; Filled Many Roles At Richfield Springs School

IN MEMORIAM: Frances Gorney Wright, 76;

Filled Many Roles At Richfield Springs School

Fanny Wright

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Frances “Fanny” Gorney Wright, 76, who filled many roles at Richfield Springs Central School, including district tax collector, passed away unexpectedly Saturday morning, Jan. 11, 2020, at Albany Medical Center, Albany.

She was born on April 27, 1943, in Cooperstown, daughter of the late Alfred M. and Rosa Isenor Gorney.

A lifelong Richfield Springs resident, she graduated from Richfield Springs High School with the Class of 1961.  She continued her education at Mohawk Valley Community College and graduated in 1963.

Her first employment was at AT&T Data Communications School at The Otesaga. She later went on to work at Richfield Springs Central School and did a variety of jobs such as teacher aide/monitor, secretary in the business office and tax collector for the district.

She was always willing to help out in any way she was asked and was truly a team player, putting others’ needs ahead of her own. Fran enjoyed working with the children and the camaraderie of the people she worked with. In 2010, she retired after nearly 35 years of dedicated service.

On June 4, 1966, Francess was united in marriage to Richard L. Wright in Saint John’s Episcopal Church, Richfield Springs. They made their home and raised their children on Sunset View Farm in Richfield Springs.

Mrs. Wright had a strong faith in God and was a member of Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Richfield Springs, where she served on the church vestry.

Francess had a strong sense of community and served as a member of various Richfield Springs Central School organizations, PTO, Band Boosters, Sports Boosters and Richfield Springs School Foundation.
She also enjoyed volunteering to assist her children and grandchildren with Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and 4-H Club.

Mrs. Wright will always be remembered as a caring, loving and helpful lady. She was loved by all and will be sadly missed by her many friends and family, but especially by her cherished grandchildren.

Surviving are her devoted husband of 53 years, Richard; son Richard L. Wright Jr. and his wife, Beate, of Clifton, Va.; daughter Susanne Smith and her husband, Bradley, of Richfield Springs; brother Alfred M. Gorney Jr. and his wife Mary of New Hartford; four grandchildren, Katrina and Erika Wright, Benjamin and Rebecca Smith; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours for Mrs. Wright will be from 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Jan. 18, at Saint John’s Episcopal Church, Richfield Springs.

A funeral service will follow at noon in the church sanctuary. The Rev. Father Steven A. Scarcia, will officiate. A reception will be held in the church hall after the service.

Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to Richfield Springs Volunteer Fire Department or Richfield Springs Central School Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the church service.

Funeral arrangements are with J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, Richfield Springs.

One thought on “Frances Gorney Wright, 76; Filled Many Roles At Richfield Springs School

  1. Vicky Wasiel

    Dear Sue,

    I am truly saddened to hear about your mothers passing. I always adored her when we worked together at Richfield Springs School. Your mom always had a smile on her face and a pleasant word to share. Sue, you and your family are so fortunate that you had a mom that was a gem. Let her legacy shine in all of you forever.

    Vicky Wasiel

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