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Lancaster - Joan Elizabeth Battles Wright, age 90, passed away peacefully at Pickering House on Saturday, January 20, 2018, following an extended illness. She was born March 17, 1927, in Rock Island, IL, and resided in Galesburg and Chicago, IL. She was a graduate of Our Lady of Angels Academy in Clinton, IA, and attended Northwestern University, where she was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, and also attended Knox College. Prior to marriage, Joan was a flight attendant with American Airlines, flying out of Chicago, where she met and later married Robert Wright, a sales executive with Anchor Hocking. They resided in Chicago, Kansas City, and finally, Lancaster, Ohio, where they raised three children.

Jo was an active member of Twig One, Parents' League, and the Fairfield Heritage Association. She taught Catholic Catechism, served on the board at the YMCA, & volunteered at the Fairfield County District Library, Decorative Arts Center and The Georgian. Locals will fondly remember Jo and Bob Wright as proprietors of downtown's Harmony House from 1980 to 1990. She also worked at the Ohio Historical Center before retirement. She was an excellent seamstress, cook and decorator. She loved to travel and took many trips in the US and abroad.

Jo was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Robert Sinclair Wright, daughter Elizabeth Ann, father Stewart Sedgewick Battles and her mother Dorothy Hess Battles.

She is survived by her son, Robert (Laura), and daughter Margaret ("Mag"), both of Lancaster; grandsons Derek (Michelle), Columbus, OH; Neil (Carmen), San Jose, CA; and Sean (Meghan), Wooster, OH, and great-grandchildren Isaac Wright, Aiden Wright, and Elliott, Emmett, Phillip and Frances Wright, as well as her beloved cat, Betty.

Dignity cremation has taken place. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, Lancaster, on Friday January 26, at 1:00 pm, with a reception afterwards in the church undercroft.

In lieu of flowers, donations to FairHoPe Hospice, 282 Sells Road, Lancaster OH 43130 or to the Elizabeth Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund, Ohio University would be appreciated.

The family would like to thank the caring staff of FairHoPe Hospice and the Pickering House for their help and assistance.