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Shirley Margaret Brossard Wright passed away peacefully in the afternoon of October 7, 2022. A beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, she lived a life of service, compassion and humor, blessing the lives of her family and friends and so many others as she served at home, at church, and in her community.
Shirley was born on May 30, 1950, in Salt Lake City Utah, to Nellie Jones Brossard and Howard Stratford Brossard. She attended and graduated from East High School in 1968. She was working as the secretary to Ballet West when she got engaged to her high school sweetheart Wayne Wright, and they were married on October 24, 1969 in the Salt Lake Temple. A week after their wedding, they moved to Germany for the first nine months of their marriage, where Wayne was serving in the US Army. Shirley served faithfully for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, of which she was a lifelong faithful member, and while in Germany, she served as the Young Women’s president at the young age of 19, worked as the financial secretary for the church in Europe and helped in the construction of the Frankfurt chapel and European Church Office Building. Eventually they moved back to Salt Lake City and then West Jordan, where they raised their six children.
Shirley’s family was her most cherished possession, and all her work was centered around providing them a loving, productive, Christ-centered home. She worked graveyard shifts as a facility maintenance worker at the Jordan River Temple, coming home early enough in the morning to take her children to school at Terra Linda Elementary, where she also worked as a reading aide. For a time, she was a neighborhood preschool teacher (even publishing a book with her sister called “The ABC’s of Preschool”), ran a child care from her home, was a Physical Facilities Rep for the church, and later in life worked at Fidelity Investments as a financial representative.
Shirley loved to serve in her church callings, which included serving as president of the Relief Society and Primary organizations. She was a very active leader in the Cub and Boy Scouts (which her boys claim was the reason they earned their Eagle Scouts). In the community, she served as PTA president and was extremely active in helping with fundraisers for her children for marching bands, dance, and other school and extra-curricular activities.
Shirley is preceded in death by her parents and three brothers (Evan, Richard, and David). She is survived by her husband Wayne Bradford Wright, her children Trina (Karl) Childs, Michael (Leah) Wright, Adam (Francine) Wright, Matthew (Annie) Wright, Cheri (Tim) Newhard, and Heather (Jeffery) Christianson, her brother Robert and sister Rosemary, and 26 grandchildren, 3 grandsons-in-law, and 1 great grandson.
Shirley understood what it meant to have faith. Even as she struggled with health in her later years, she managed to be calm and at peace, often with a pleasant smile. She loved her Heavenly Father and loved to celebrate Christ through family holiday gatherings, faithful Family Home Evenings and sharing her testimony through yearly themes and small gifts for her family that represented our Savior’s love and His gospel. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Her family is comforted by knowing she has returned home to her eternal family, and that they will see her again.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, October 13 from 6-8 pm at the Larkin Mortuary at 3688 W. 12600 S. in Riverton. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 14 at 11:00 am at the Garden Park 2nd Ward, 11543 S. Keystone Drive in South Jordan, with a viewing just before at 10:00 am. Anyone wishing to pay their respects is welcome. Shirley will be interred at the Salt Lake City Cemetery.
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Shirley was a true angel on this earth. She loved all. She had no guile. Her kindness and service rendered, spoke volumes about her relationship with the Savior. This earth has lost a light in the darkness. I will miss her. I pray all her family will be comforted and strengthened as you mourn. I have no doubt she will be checking in on each of you during difficult times as well as times of joy.
Love you all,
So very sorry for your loss. Don't think I've ever known a sweeter person than Shirley. May the Lord's blessings and comfort be on you, Wayne, and on the whole family.
To the Wright family, sincerest of condolences I just want you to know how grateful I was to your Mom in a very challenging time of my life and her kindness, as she helped me care for my family as I tried to provide for them. Being a single Mom wasn't easy but through Shirley and your loving family it helped in our journey. Love to all of you and our family is grateful for the found memories we have of Shirley..
We are sending your family our love at this difficult time. We pray for strength and comfort as you go through this. Love, Karen and Dan
Again sorry for your loss Wayne. We were planning to come this evening to the viewing, but had family show up from out of town. Because of other schedules we will not be able to attend the funeral as well. Would like to get together some time in the future and catch up.
So sorry about your sweet wife, mom and grandma. I remember how great of teacher she was. She was a beautiful sweet lady. 💐 🙏 My thoughts are with you and your family.
Shirley and I grew up together in the avenues of Salt Lake City. We were almost born on the same day.Her's is the 30th and mine was the 31st of May. We lived in the same ward. She was a sweet friend through all the years of Ensign Elementary, Bryant Junior High and East High School. I will always remember her beautiful brown eyes and smile. I am sure she was an excellent mother and achieved much in her life becsuse of the love she received from her family. I am glad I connected with her at the last East High Reunion. May the Lord bless and keep you Shirley!
So sorry to hear of Shirley's passing! I grew up just one block north of Shirley on "L" Street. We attended the Ensign 3rd Ward on 9th Avenue and "K" Street. She was such a darling girl and very much loved by our large group of friends. I'm sure she will be greatly missed.