Lorrine Wright

December 29, 1925 - March 1, 2024

Lorrine Ila Wright was born in Lincoln NE on December 29th, 1925.

Lorrine married Donald K. Wright in 1942 and was married to him until his death in 1992.  Their 50 year marriage was a testimony to their commitment to each other.  She gave birth to four sons: Donald K. Jr., Michael, Terry, and Thomas.

There isn’t time or space to cover her 98 years of life.  But she and Don loved to ballroom and square dance, go camping, play cards, and spend time with family and friends.  They also loved to travel when they could and even went on a cruise for their 40th anniversary.

Shortly after their last son was born, they moved to Oregon to be near her parents and other family members.  But she found the rain and cloudy days too depressing and they all returned to Nebraska 5 years later.

Lorrine is preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Luella Shelley (Wilson), her brother Edward, her sisters Dorothy, Margaret, Doris and Lois.  She is also preceded in death by her husband Donald, and her sons Donald Jr. and Michael.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law Pat (Lincoln) and sons, Terry & Ruth (Lincoln), and Thomas (Philippines), 14 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, and 23 great, great grandchildren.

Family was always of great importance to Lorrine.  Spending time with any of them was always something she loved to do.  She considered her most important jobs to be mother and grandmother.  With 76 descendants, that job kept her very busy, but she loved every moment and always wanted more.  She always had such a zest for life.  She would get a game of cards going any time she could – especially Wacky No Peek.

She consistently encouraged family members to have a good, old fashioned family potluck picnic.  This will be done in her honor and memory at the Celebration of Life for her.

Lorrine loved the Lord very much.  She was a member of Tri-Community Baptist Church until Covid caused the small church to fold.  Then she attended Bethel Baptist Church with her son, Thom.  When Thom moved to the Philippines, she began attending Lincoln Foursquare Church until her final move to South Haven Living Center in Wahoo NE where she was very well loved and taken care of until her passing to glory.

Celebration of Life to be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 11th at Oak Lake Park with a burial preceding at 10:00 a.m. at the Fairview Cemetery.

(If the weather is inclement, The Celebration of Life will be held at Lincoln Four Square Church at 1176 Manatt)





Fairview Cemetery

8400 Adams St., Lincoln, Nebraska


Celebration of Life


Oak Lake Park

Sun Valley Blvd & Charleston Street, Lincoln 68508

Share a Memory or Condolence

April 30, 2024

Grandma was always fun to be around and had a beautiful personality and a heart full of love for her family and anyone that she met really. She was a wizard at any game you could play with a deck of cards and she would teach you how to play any of them and also teach you how to lose even when she was making up the rules as she goes. No mercy! My favorite memories include Thursday arts and crafts at Grandmas and meeting all of the other ladies in her network that also had interests in arts and crafts. This is a hobby I have taught my kids and hope will live on through theirs for generations to come. We will miss you but know you were ready to go and in a happier place. Love ya.

– Jeremiah Wright
April 25, 2024

I have so many memories of mom. She worked cleaning other people’s homes so she could be home for us before and after school. In the early years, dad worked from sun up until sun down so mome had discipline duty but always in love and made sure we knew why we were being disciplined. She had a great sense of humor. She made hamburgers for supper one evening but put a rubber one in dad’s buns – even added catsup! He was totally surprised. They were fun to camp with and play games with. Mom outlived dad by over 30 years and outlived 2 of her 4 sons. She would continue to say, we’ll all be together again in Heaven. She was certainly a woman of faith. She taught our children crafts and cooking and, in her own way by example, strength and honesty. She taught us, her sons, to be respectful of and polite to other people. I look forward to seeing her again – in perfect health – smiling, laughing and dancing. Her and dad always loved to ballroom dance and square dance. I miss you, mom, and will until we are together again.

– Terry Wright
April 16, 2024

I’ve recently seen a commercial for a tv show called Young Sheldon. It’s a young boy sitting on the porch with his mother and he remarks that out of all the women in the world that she is the perfect mother for him. I imagine many of us think that about our mothers. I know I do. Mom helped me navigate life with love, guidance, and support. She helped me make hard decisions, encouraging in hard times, and love no matter what. I read a quote that I suspect is true… “The love of a true mother comes nearer to being like the love of God than any other kind of love.” Yes at the end she was but a shadow of her former self but we, her children, remember one of the greatest gifts of God and how blessed we are to have been raised by the embodiment of sacrifice and love that was our mother. Proverbs 31:31, “Honor her for all that her hands have done. Let her works bring her praise.” I am in a place far away but I am confident and grateful that my mother is in the presence of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. Thank you Jesus. Thank you mom.

– Thom Wright
April 16, 2024

Today is a sad day for the world but a great day for grandma . This world lost one of the greatest women I have ever known . Kindness and generous , full of love and gentleness toward all were only a few Characteristics she possessed. 98 years in the flesh and 59 of my own with her has taught me oh so much . So so many lives touched by her . She is the one that taught me about marriage. Her advice kept us married till death did us part . She helped me love the outdoors by taking me camping all thru my younger years . She made my laff so many times like when she made popcorn without a lid and also coffee without a lid . And the chalk egg was hilarious. I don’t think I have ever Laffer so hard as when I saw her try to get a line in the water. She caught everything but a fish and I don’t remember if she ever got the line wet even . Enjoy your time reliving old memories with grandpa , uncle Don and dad I’m looking forward to the day we see each other again . My focus is on Jesus and what he done for us on the cross so my day is coming also when we can enjoy those times once again . Love you and see you soon enough.

– Chris Wright
April 11, 2024

Lorrine was like a 2nd mom to me. She lived love, it seemed like everything she did said love. She was the best grandma I have ever seen. We home schooled and she taught arts and crafts and cooking on Fridays while I had a time for me. She lived patience. She was a genuinely good woman. She modeled Jesus. The Bible says the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. She wasn’t the type to preach with her word but her life said JESUS. Lorrine was one of my heroes. It was an honor to call her Mom.

– Ruth

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