Jeannette R. Wright
Jeannette R. Wright peacefully passed in her home on April 4, 2020 after a brief bout with cancer. She lived an exuberant, healthy, fulfilled, and faith-driven life with Jesus Christ at the helm.
Jeannette was born in Los Angeles and was a Southern California gal all 88 years of her beautiful life. She graduated from Manual Arts High School, briefly attended U.C.L.A., worked at the Inglewood Phone Company (phone operator), married Glenn T. Wright, had two daughters, Teri and Robin, and lived in Ladera Heights (Los Angeles). Jeannette was very involved in her girls' schooling volunteering and holding leadership positions in P.T.A., Girl Scouts, etc. The family attended Knox Presbyterian Church and Jeannette enjoyed being a long-standing, active member and leader in Laderians (women's ministry) and was the church wedding coordinator for years.
In 1980, Jeannette and family moved to Manhattan Beach where she became an active resident engaged in several community and civic groups over the years. To highlight a few important contributions: she was one of the founding members who formed what is now called Manhattan Beach Residents Association, was a campaign manager once, involved when the city dealt with the General Plan (every 10 years), and one of a select few who fought against the Colony Project to protect Oak Avenue residents from commercial encroachment. Jeannette was a staunch supporter/advocate for residential issues versus commercial expansion/development. She attended City Council and Planning Commission meetings and offered her opinions/insights. Jeannette hosted numerous meetings for the Neighborhood Watch group and was well loved by many neighbors on her street.
In 1995, Jeannette and Glenn were divorced. Eventually, Jeannette joined a singles group called Second Journey and was instrumental in planning social events. At one of the Happy Hours, a gentleman, Frank LaMarca, literally danced into Jeannette's life. He became her loving companion over 20 years until he died in 2016.
Jeannette faithfully served on the Victims' Assistance Team (V.A.T.) since 1990, and handled the reporting, attended seminars and training, and experienced several ride alongs with the police officers. V.A.T. volunteers treasured Jeannette's keen memory for dates, times, and events. She was a valuable senior member. Recently, the M.B.P.D. flew the American flag at half-mast in honor of Jeannette's life. The flag was given to her daughters.
Neptunian Woman's Club was happy to have Jeannette as an active member since 2008. She volunteered for many fundraising projects. Year after year, she tirelessly made hundreds of ribbon bows for their annual holiday wrap booth. She was also a gracious, game day hostess since 2019.
Fall of 2018, Jeannette began crocheting newborn blankets for a dear-to-her-heart local cause, Blankets of Love South Bay. Every Tuesday, at the Joslyn Community Center, she would happily lend a helping hand and greet newcomers with her sweet smile. Jeannette lovingly made 50 blankets. (Please visit: www.blanketsoflovesouthbay.com
Jeannette will be remembered most for her gracious spirit, bright smile, kind heart, unending patience, wonderful mother, loving friend, unconditional generosity, and having a zest for life. Jeannette had a young soul no matter age she was. Jeannette is survived by her two daughters, Teri Wade and Robin Ferre, and four grandchildren (listed by age) Ryan, Rachel, Jayme, and Hannah. Grandma will be greatly missed.