On June 25, 2020, Sammie Quinn Wright, passed away peacefully in her home in Richmond, Texas surrounded by her three boys. She was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mom, mother-in-law, aunt, sister-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.
Sammie was born November 24, 1928 in Houston, Texas to Fern Dow and Sam Quinn as the second of three children. She graduated from Milby High School in 1947 and from Wharton County Junior College in 1949. Sammie met the love of her life, Bill Wright, in high school and they married in 1949 in Bay City, Texas. Together, they had three sons, Wayne, Craig, and Quinn. Sammie and Bill made their home in Houston, Texas, Beaumont, Texas, Lafayette, Louisiana and then finally Richmond, Texas in 1970.
She began working for Bell Telephone Company before joining Lamar Consolidated Independent School District as a librarian’s assistant in 1970 . She retired in 2002 after more than 30 years with the District. Bill and Sammie traveled, visiting friends and family wherever their travels took them. They were known for their famous fish fries and Sammie’s secret recipe of homemade tartar sauce. She was a fantastic cook and shared her love of entertaining, hosting, and cooking with her boys and later her grandchildren. Though she lost her beloved Bill entirely too early, they are reunited once again and are dancing the cha-cha-cha.
Losing Bill didn’t stop her from living a fun and full life. Sammie spent many years at their second home in Gilbert, Arkansas telling stories on the back deck and relaxing in the river with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed their farm house in Madisonville, Texas where she enjoyed time outdoors, time with her grandchildren, and the cows. She was an avid bridge player, loved to sew, and enjoyed travelling. She was a member of the New Century Garden Club, Richmond Garden Club, Eastern Star, Rosenberg Women’s Club, Fort Bend Docents, and her beloved Pink Flamingos (PFs). In her life, Sammie faithfully served her Lord and studied His word for many years in the Sojourner’s Sunday School class at St. John’s United Methodist Church.
Sammie never took a bad picture and could always be counted on for a story, laugh, hug and lots of love. Sammie left an impression on everyone close to her. “GranSam” or “Gigi”, as she was affectionately called, never missed a moment to cheer on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She beamed with pride just talking about her boys and her grandchildren, whom she supported at every event. Whether it be a dance recital, soccer game, baseball game, or a swim meet, GranSam was there. Her grandchildren will always remember her handmade cards, her famous Easter Mazes, their annual trips to the Houston Ballet, special Christmas sleepovers, tea parties, her hotcakes, and all of their wonderful memories made together.
Sammie is preceded in death by her husband, Bill Wright; parents, Fern and Sam Quinn; brother Rex Quinn and his wife, Margie; and brother-in-law, Maxie Wright and his wife, Bennie.
She is survived by her three sons, Wayne Wright and wife, Mariette of Richmond, Craig Wright and wife, Karen of Rosenberg, and Quinn Wright and wife, Claudia of Richmond; sister Mary Lou Birkner and husband, Jack of El Campo; grandchildren Lindsey Wright Ewers and husband, Matthew of Sugar Land, Stephanie Wright Williams and husband, Kevin of Sugar Land, Niels Wright of Richmond, Jennifer Wright Scholes and husband, Matthew of Richmond, Taryn Wright and fiancé, Austin Hardt of Houston, Lauren Wright of Houston, and Caylin Wright Boyd and husband, Colby of Beasley; great-grandchildren, Adley, Case and Breck Ewers of Sugar Land, Luke and Logan Williams of Sugar Land, and Cadence, Ethan, and Catherine Scholes of Richmond; sister-in-law Dequitta Wright Coleman and husband, Martin of Pasadena; and numerous nieces, nephews and special friends.
The family would like to thank Resolutions Hospice and Aide in Aid, LLC. They especially give their thanks to Randi Houston, Maria Onyango, Shamar George, Patricia Ozen, and Yolanda Gant for their special care.
A celebration of life for Sammie will be scheduled at a later date due to COVID-19 restrictions. Arrangements will be handled by Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home, 3900 B.F. Terry Blvd., Rosenberg, Texas, 77471. Tributes and words of condolence may be left for the family at www.davisgreenlawnfh.com. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations can be made in Sammie’s name to the Gilbert Church, P.O. Box 32, Gilbert, Arkansas, 72636, St. John’s United Methodist Church, 400 Jackson Street, Richmond, Texas 77469.