Congratulating Irene Wright upon the occasion of celebrating her 104th Birthday

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION congratulating Irene Wright upon the occasion of
celebrating her 104th Birthday

WHEREAS, Senior citizens bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to
the increasingly active roles they play in today's society; their past
contributions and future participation are a vital part of, and valuable
asset to, the fabric of community life and activity; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to congratu-
late Irene Wright upon the occasion of celebrating her 104th Birthday;
WHEREAS, The Seventh Day Adventist Church of Middletown, New York, is
hosting a ceremony in her honor on Saturday, April 27, 2013; and
WHEREAS, Born on April 28, 1909, Irene Wright grew up in North Caroli-
na, living in a small town in the western part of the state until her
adolescence; she met her future husband Joseph, while she was working at
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and living in Raleigh as a teenager; and
WHEREAS, Joseph Wright's mother lived in New York City, and Irene and
Joseph soon moved there; they married when Irene was 17 years old; and
WHEREAS, A devout Adventist who converted when she was in her 30s and
has held many leadership roles in church, Irene Wright is very thankful
for her long life; and
WHEREAS, In 1961, when Irene and Joseph Wright were looking for more
space and a better environment to raise their children, they moved from
the Bronx to the house on Bull Road in Campbell Hall where she still
lives; and
WHEREAS, Joseph Wright commuted from there to his auto mechanic shop
in the South Bronx; he died in 1966; and
WHEREAS, Irene Wright sang in her church's choir and was driving until
she was 96 years old; she even drove to Florida on her own while she was
in her 80s; an avid reader, she tries to stay active by cooking her own
meals; and
WHEREAS, Irene Wright bore 10 children, eight of whom are alive; she
is the grandmother of 49 grandchildren, and has even more great-grand-
children, as well as great-great-grandchildren, and even some great-
great-great-grandchildren; and
WHEREAS, David Wright, Irene's youngest son, lives with his wife and
his mother in the house he grew up in; he credited his mother's long
life to her vegetarian diet; and
WHEREAS, This exceptional centenarian, with her zest for life, has
inspired and enhanced the lives of her family and friends; and
WHEREAS, This distinguished woman has experienced the incredible joys
and sorrows characteristic of and reserved for those with the stamina
and courage to savor a full life; and
WHEREAS, This beloved woman has enriched the lives of those around her
through her joyous and sincere love for others and through the quiescent
charm and wisdom which comes only from a fullness of years; and
WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to publicly recog-
nize those who have reached such a remarkable age and who have witnessed
and celebrated the innovations, cultural developments and awesome
achievements of this country during the last century, while themselves
contributing to the growth and excellence of this great Empire State;
now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
congratulate Irene Wright upon the occasion of celebrating her 104th
Birthday; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Irene Wright.


  • 26 / Apr / 2013
  • 30 / Apr / 2013
  • 30 / Apr / 2013

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