Jean Bell Anstine Wright
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.
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JEAN BELL ANSTINE WRIGHT