Mary Jean "Deany" Rasmussen Wright passed away on August 30 in Amherst, surrounded by family.
Rasmussen Wright was born in Glen Ridge, NJ in 1928, grew up in Montclair, NJ, attended Ohio Wesleyan, and earned her RN at Columbia University School of Nursing in 1952. Before starting a family, she worked as a visiting nurse in New York City. While raising four daughters with her late husband Norman Wright in Summit, NJ, she coordinated a Presbyterian Church tutorial program pairing Summit residents with middle-school students in Elizabethport.
After her divorce in 1986, she worked at Overlook Hospital and at a private medical practice. She retired to Amherst in 2003 to be closer to her daughters and grandchildren, living first at Applewood Independent Living, then at the Arbors Assisted Living. She is survived by daughters Betsy Leondar-Wright, Anne Wright, Sally Wright, and Katie Wright; grandchildren Niko, Sky, Alaya, Sadia, Olivia, and Madeline; and her brother Scott Rasmussen.
Her memorial service will be in Amherst on October 15, at 1 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst. In lieu of flowers, her family suggests donations to UNICEF, in honor of her concern for children worldwide (www.unicefusa.org/donate/unicef-tribute-cards).