Jean Bell An­s­tine Wright

Dorchester Star - - OBITUARIES -

CAM­BRIDGE — Jean Bell An­s­tine Wright passed away on Aug. 20, 2018, at her home with fam­ily and friends at her side.

She was born in Wool­ford, Md., on Aug. 29, 1929, the daugh­ter of the late Spicer and Frances

Bell. She lived her early life on the fam­ily farm and al­ways trea­sured those mem­o­ries. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Cam­bridge High School in 1946, she at­tended Bard Avon Busi­ness School in Bal­ti­more. Af­ter grad­u­a­tion, she re­turned to Cam­bridge and worked at sev­eral firms in ac­count­ing. In 1962, she went to work for Har­ring­ton In­surance and on to Mul­laney In­surance. She was one of the first women in Cam­bridge to be­come a li­censed agent in the fire and ca­su­alty in­surance busi­ness. She worked for th­ese firms for a to­tal of 30 years and there­after did ac­count­ing work for John M. Hughes Seafood and Kool Ice Inc. for the next 20 years.

Dur­ing her re­tire­ment, she did much vol­un­teer work, in­clud­ing over 3,000 hours of service to the Dorch­ester Gen­eral Hospi­tal Aux­il­iary. She also worked at the A. Mary Thomp­son Shop at the East­ern Shore Hospi­tal Cen­ter, Dorch­ester His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, Cam­bridge Women’s Club and Art Cen­ter. She was also a past mem­ber of the Dorch­ester Gar­den Club, DAR Dorch­ester Chap­ter and Wool­ford Church Creek Homemak­ers Club.

She was a mem­ber of the Wool­ford United Methodist Church, which is the church she was first a mem­ber of as a child.

Mrs. Wright mar­ried Hubbard An­s­tine in 1949, a mar­riage which happily lasted un­til 1998 when Mr. An­s­tine passed away. It was this union that gave them many years of an­tiques love and col­lect­ing that lasted the rest of her life.

In 2000, she mar­ried “Dick” Frances Wright, and they shared a short but happy union un­til he passed away in 2004.

Mrs. Wright is sur­vived by her daugh­ter, He­len An­s­tine Smith; grand­chil­dren, Rus­sel Smith IV (Bethany), Kim­berly Waller (Ken); great­grand­chil­dren, Alexan­dra Waller, Ai­den Smith and Austin Smith; her brother, Spicer Bell Jr. (Karen); step­daugh­ter, Dana Rae Lar­ri­more; and son, Greg.

Also sur­viv­ing is Sandi Hurt, who was her long­time friend and care­giver.

In­ter­ment will be pri­vate at the East­ern Shore Veter­ans Ceme­ter y.

Me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to Coastal Hos­pice Foun­da­tion, PO Box 1733, Sal­is­bury, MD 21802, or Kitty City Res­cue, PO Box 1259, Cam­bridge, MD 21613 to honor her beloved adopted com­pan­ion Gipsy.

Ar­range­ments en­trusted to New­comb and Collins Fu­neral Home P.A., Cam­bridge.

To share con­do­lences with the fam­ily, please visit www. new­com­b­collins.com.

JEAN BELL AN­S­TINE WRIGHT

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