Ruth “Ruthie” Bright Wright, age 89, died peacefully at her home on Isle of Hope on July 28, 2020, surrounded by her loving family and under the excellent care of Hospice Savannah.
Ruth was born to the late Andrew J. Bright and Inez Helfrich Bright in Savannah on January 4, 1931. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother, Andrew Jackson Bright Jr., who served as a Naval Aviator in the United States Marine Corps. in the Pacific during WWII; nephew John David Bright; and cousins Eleanor Hanson Geffen, Philip Sonny Schrim, and Ed Johnston.
After graduating high school from Pape School where she served as president of Quis Qui Sorority, she graduated from Armstrong Junior College and continued her education at the University of Georgia where she was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. She graduated in 1953 with a degree in Elementary Education and later taught at the Isle of Hope School and Savannah Christian Preparatory School for many years.
Like in a fairytale, Ruth met her future husband, Noel, when they were only 12 years old living on the Bluff on Isle of Hope, and their love story has continued ever since. After graduation, Ruth began her teaching career at the new Pulaski School in Savannah. Later after Noel’s graduation, they were stationed at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma while Noel served as a Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. The couple’s first child, Elizabeth, was born on their first wedding anniversary and accompanied them on their Army adventure. After spending two years there, they returned to life on the coast where their two additional children, Noel and Kathy, were born. They were married for over 65 years.
Ruth was of the Baptist faith and attended the Isle of Hope Baptist Church. She loved spending time with family, Sunday lunches on the front porch of her Isle of Hope home, golf cart drives along the scenic Bluff, swimming in the Skidaway River, and trips to Georgia’s Barrier Islands, the Florida Keys and the Bahamas on her boat, “Patience.” Ruth was a two-time Cancer survivor and embodied all the characteristics of a true Southern Belle.
Throughout Ruth’s long and faithful life some of her many notable accomplishments included being a published author of two children's books under the pen name “Savannah Nana”, and the co-founder of the Isle of Hope Art Show. But she would be the first to tell you that her proudest accomplishments were being a mother and a Nana.
She is survived by her beloved husband Noel; her children, Elizabeth and Ken Kelly, Noel and Gennie Wright, and Kathy Wright; grandchildren, Chris and Paula Lamb, Andrew and Kaitlynn Wright, and Aaron and Cynthia Cradduck; and great-grandchildren: Emma, Garrett, and Stella Lamb, and Emerson Cradduck; as well as her sister in law, Janet Wright of Athens; two nieces, Margaret Amoss and Emily Silver; cousins Patty Schrim Mingledorff and Jane Johnston; and wonderful life-long friends Shirley and Eddie Carter.
The private graveside ceremony for family will be held on Thursday, August 6, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. To view a live stream of the service, please go to https://us04web.zoom.us/j/75938359553?pwd=SUFZUDhLUTltZm5nMzFjUmdaQkNpZz09 and use the password, Family.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to One Love Animal Rescue, 463 Johnny Mercer Blvd., Savannah, Ga 31410.
What a beautiful woman, always showing the love of Jesus to everyone. She loved sacrificially. Ruthie was a wonderful blessing to all those fortunate enough to know her. We're thankful she was a part of our life. Prayers for God to hold her family close during this time, to bring you His comfort. She abides peacefully now in the presence of her Lord and Savior. Our love, Cyndy and Rudy
- Rudy and Cyndy LoMonaco , Savannah , GA
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
- Florie Family, Savannah, Georgia
Ruthie meant the world to my parents, Dave and Helen Warren. She was my mother’s best friend. I considered her my second Mama and would stop by to visit her and Noel when I came home. She was always there for me, helping me through the passing of both my parents. I will never forget her. I fondly remember her humor and her wonderful laugh. My heart goes out to Noel, Elizabeth, Noel and Kathy. God gained a beautiful angel and she is having a big time with Mama. Love you all, Annie.
- Ann Warren Lett, Marietta, Georgia
We were deeply saddened with the loss of Ruthie. She was a dear long time friend along with Noel and the family. Her smile always lit up a room. We have many wonderful memories that we will cherish forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with Noel and their family.
- Eddie and Shirley Carter and Family, Ridgeland, SC
I’m so sorry for your loss. My mother, Marianna McGee Whalley died on July 19. We are all from Savannah and I used to teach at Savannah Christian. I knew Ruth then and some days I would walk on the bluff & visit with her. My mom also went to Pape and was in the class of 1949. I looked up Ruth and it was so sweet to see that they had been friends at Pape. God bless you all at this sad time in our lives.
- Ginger Whalley McBride, Hendersonville , NC
I am so sorry for your loss Noel. Many prayers for you and your family.
- Janet Miller, Savannah, Ga
Miss Ruthie was genuinely one of a kind. She embodied the true southern woman. You didn't have to know her but for a minute to fall completely in love with her charm and wit. She will be truly missed. Our condolences to the entire family. You will be in our prayers. We hope that you will find solace in knowing how many people she truly touched.
- George and Sherry Siegel, GA - Rincon, Georgia
I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Wright was a beautiful and very sweet lady. I really admired her. May God help you through this difficult time. Prayers for Kathy and the rest of the family.
- Jackie Edwards Matteson, Inver Grove Heights, MN
I am saddened to learn of Ruthie's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. She was kind and thoughtful and a wonderful neighbor to my mother. I know she will be missed.
- Cyra Beckwith Peterson, Canton, GA
We are sorry for the loss of a great lady.
- Lee Adcock, Pelham, Alabama
Mr. Wright, I am so sorry for your loss. She was such a sweet lady and I enjoyed getting to know you both. I hope you will feel comfort in knowing you were an outstanding caregiver, and she knew how much she was loved.
- Laurie Hartman, Savannah, GA
I am so sorry for your loss and the loss we will all feel not seeing Ruthie riding in the golf cart. My prayers are with you. Marty
- Marty Johnston, Savannah, Georgia
Will miss seeing Ruthie on the Bluff with her radiant smile. Our sincere condolences to Noel and family.
- Libby & Lou Lindsey, Isle of Hope, Ga
Deeply saddened by the passing of Mrs. Ruthie Wright ( Nana). I have known and Loved her since I was a little boy growing up in Isle Of Hope. What our Loss is here on Earth is Heaven's gain. I will Miss You Nana! Thoughts and Prayers to Mr. Wright (Papa) and all of the family.
- Craig S. Lewis, Savannah, Georgia
Noel, We are saddened to learn of your loss and wish you peace. It must be hard after all these years. God bless you.
- Dick and Gayl Glover, Greenville, South Carolina
Noel am saddened at your loss. What a wonderful life you had together and the memories to sustain you.
- Fred Langley, Savannah, GA
I will miss Ruth very much. My deepest sympathy to the family. -Jack
- Jack Lee, Savannah, GA
Noel I am so sorry to hear of Ruthie's death. I enjoyed getting to know you and her over the years. When passing your house if you were out walking we would all have a chat. She was a great lady and will be missed greatly. Lucy Hitch
- Lucy M Hitch, Savannah, Georgia
Noel I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.
- Chris Geiger, Savannah, Georgia
Noel, I was very sad to hear about Ruth. 65 years of marriage was a wonderful blessing giving you a lifetime of good memories.
- Doug McCulloch, Savannah, Ga
Our hearts ache for your loss. She was such a sweetheart and will be remembered. Our prayers to God for the loving comfort of family and friends.
- David and Carol Lee
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers for you and your family during this time.
- Willie L Kersey Jr, EDEN, GA
We are thinking of you with love. So glad we were able to have that visit with you and Ruthie last fall.
- Bob & Phillippa Paddison & Diana Churchill, Savannah, GA
I am truly saddened to hear of Mrs Ruth's passing. She was such a wonderful lady. In my life I've had many school teachers. We all remember the ones that truly had a positive influence in our lives. She was absolutely one of my favorites and one of the best. My prayers are with her family. May God wrap his loving arms around you and bring peace that only He can provide.
- Robyn Quattlebaum, Savannah, Georgia
As long as I can remember, Mr. and Mrs. Wright, Noel and Ruthie, have always been the kindest and most approachable folks you could ever meet. Their family shares these same traits. I pray that the family can find peace knowing that Ruthie will be waiting for them when they make it to Heaven. God Bless.
- Steve Christiansen, Savannah, GA