Nina Phillips Wright

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Nina Phillips Wright

1920 -- 2004

Nina Phillips Wright died June 12, 2004, in Grand Junction. She was 83.

Wright was born Sept. 25, 1920, to Ormas Wesley and Myra (Davis) Smith in a small farmhouse in rural Hamburg, Iowa.

Wright received her education in a one-room country school with dreams of becoming an art or music teacher. She was united in marriage April 19, 1939, to James (Willie) Phillips, who worked on her father's farm. Six children were born: Floy, Carole, Wayne, Robert, Don and Myles.

Wright grew up just northeast of Hamburg on her father's farm during the Great Depression. She would boast that she had two homemade dresses and one pair of store-bought shoes. It was so cold in the winter, the Smith family heated bricks, wrapped them in sacks and put them at the foot of the bed at night. Wright lost her sister, Aileen Wright, and her cousin Delbert Lair, who was killed in action in the jungles of New Guinea in 1944. Later in 1944, her brother-in-law, Lonnie Phillips, was discovered in a German prisoner of war camp. But, undoubtedly the loss of her youngest son, Myles Darren, in March 1972, was her most devastating experience. On Nov. 20, 1982, she joined in marriage with Omar Wright from Norton, Kan. As a result of this union, she surrendered a nephew and two nieces, and gained another son, and two more daughters. They lived in Norton, Craig, Lakeside, Mont., and then moved back to Craig. Wright was able to walk along the beaches in Hawaii and fly over the majestic Rocky Mountains in a hot air balloon, each time, hand in hand with her husband. Wright was an avid reader, a talented artist and musician, who, on occasion, would share her beautiful voice in a song.

Wright is survived by her husband, Omar of Craig; her children, Floy King of Rock Port, Mo., Sharon Durham of Lakeside, Mont., Carole Aspedon of Van Buren, Ark., Norman Wright of Proctor, Mont., Wayne Phillips of Hamburg, Iowa, Joan Feagins of Dayton, Wyo., Robert Phillips of Rock Port, Mo., and Don Phillips of Wichita, Kan.; 27 grandchildren; and 53 great-grandchildren.

Wright was preceded in death by an infant brother; a sister, Aileen Wright; her parents; a son, Myles Darren; a husband, Willie Phillips; a grandson, and a granddaughter.

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