Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory

Wilma Martin Wright

10/7/1937 - 1/11/2018

CHILLICOTHE ~ Wilma Wright, 80, of Chillicothe, passed away at 2:27 p.m. Thursday, January 11, 2018 at her home.
 
Born October 7, 1937 in Bradford, Tennessee to Hughie D. and Jamie E. (Needham) Benson, she married Gale D. Martin on July 1, 1957 in Princeville.  He passed away May 13, 1997.  She later married Charles D. Wright in June 1999 in Chillicothe.  He preceded her in death on September 2, 2010.  She also was preceded in death by her brother, Hiram Benson.
 
Surviving are one son, Barry D. Martin of Chillicothe; one daughter, Wilda Martin of Chillicothe; and two sisters, Jeanne Martin of Peoria and Peggy S. Pemberton of Fort Pierce, Florida.
 
She had worked as a dental assistant for Brown & Herman Oral Surgeons.  She later worked for General Telephone for many years and then for Giloman Pharmacy in Chillicothe.
 
Wilma enjoyed planting flowers in her flower garden.  She loved the Christmas season.  She was a big fan of Elvis Presley and sang with her sister professionally as the Benson Sisters.  They opened at local and state fairs for Dottie West, Roy Acuff, Jim Reeves and others.
 
Wilma was a member of First United Methodist Church in Chillicothe.
 
Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at First United Methodist Church in Chillicothe.  Pastor Ron Martz will officiate.  Visitation will be from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church.  The Martha Washington Chapter Order of the Eastern Star #178 service will be at 10:45 a.m.  Burial will be in Chillicothe City Cemetery.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. 
 
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 1023 N. 6th St., Chillicothe, IL 61523.

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