October 1, 2013
Aretha Iris Wright, of Issaquah (Preston), passed away Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at home.
She was born April 3, 1920, in Port Angeles, to Hiram and Clara Wright. She attended Roosevelt High School in Port Angeles.
Aretha was married to Sylvan Ridenour in 1938, and then to Claude Wright in 1946.
She was preceded in death by her parents Hiram and Clara Wright, and her siblings Howard, Roy, Jaretta, Grace, foster brother Les Raleigh and foster son Harold Mallare.
She is survived by her son Don and wife JoAnn, of Issaquah; three grandchildren, Chad, Jill Stewart and Brent; and five great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by her foster daughter Nadine LeMaster, of Mercer Island, and foster son Jerry Mallare, of Florida.
Aretha moved to Issaquah (Preston) in 1950. She was a homemaker, baby sitter and caregiver.
Aretha was a 60-year member of Raging River Community Church (formerly Preston Baptist Church). She was also a member of Lone Star Rebekah No. 141 of Fall City, and was a Past Noble Grand Matron, a member of Skogsblomman Vasa No. 378 and Issaquah Seniors.
Aretha loved Jesus, her church and people. Her other hobbies and interests included dancing, gardening and traveling. She was a hugger par-excellence, and had a long list of people for whom she faithfully prayed.
The memorial service will be held at Raging River Community Church in Preston, Oct. 5 at 10:30 a.m.
The family suggests financial remembrances be contributed to Raging River Community Church to be used for the ministry of RJC (Reaching Japanese for Christ) at P.O. Box 948, Preston, WA 98050.
Arrangements are by Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home, 392-6444.