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Helen Bree <I>Dunstan</I> Wright

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Helen Bree Dunstan Wright

Birth
Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan, USA
Death
25 Jul 1975 (aged 93)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA Add to Map
Plot
Chapel Valley, Lot 964.
Memorial ID
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On April 22, 1909 as Helen B. Dunstan, she married Charles W. Wright in Manhattan, New York.

Helen Dunstan Wright was a native of Pontiac, Michigan, the daughter of a lieutenant governor of Michigan. In 1905 she graduated from Vassar College. In 1909 she married Charles Will Wright, a mining engineer. They lived in Sardinia, where he was under a 10-year contract to manage mines for a British company. She persuaded the mine owners to build a Roman Catholic church for one of the small villages. She worked for the American Red Cross, raising $50,000 from family and friends in the United states to build a hospital in Cagliari for World War I soldiers. She received the title of Gran Dama della Regina from the king of Italy for her service. In 1919 the family moved to the District of Columbia. In 1920 they returned to Italy where her husband operated mines he bought in Southern Tyrol. Living in Merano, she formed an association of American women to help destitute Englishwomen and Russian refugees. In 1927 when Mussolini began confiscating the property of foreigners the family returned to the District where her husband became chief of the Mining Division of the Bureau of Mines. Later he became a consultant to the State Department where he helped establish mineral attaches to United States embassies in Europe and South America. The family lived in Kenwood for many years then moved to Massachusetts Avenue Northwest near the Cosmos Club in 1947. She was a president of the Washington Vassar Club and the Women of St. Thomas Episcopal Church. She was a former member of the Washington Club, Friday Morning Music Club, Twentieth Century Club, Chevy Chase Club and Kenwood Club. She was a former board member of the YWCA, Juvenile Protective Association and the Family and Child Services organization. She died at age 93 on Friday, July 25, 1975 at the Washington Home for Incurables. She was predeceased by her husband who died in 1968. Survivors included two sons: Frederick D. Wright of Lexington, Kentucky and Thomas W.D. Wright (1919-2006) of the District; two daughters: Janet W. (Allan B.) Fay of the District and Beatrice W. (Robert B.) McKellar of Aiken, South Carolina; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Services were held in Bethleham Chapel of Washington Cathedral. Memorial contributions were suggested to St. Thomas Parish at 1772 Church Street Northwest or to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Sources: The Evening Star, Sunday, July 27, 1975 and Monday, July 28, 1975.
On April 22, 1909 as Helen B. Dunstan, she married Charles W. Wright in Manhattan, New York.

Helen Dunstan Wright was a native of Pontiac, Michigan, the daughter of a lieutenant governor of Michigan. In 1905 she graduated from Vassar College. In 1909 she married Charles Will Wright, a mining engineer. They lived in Sardinia, where he was under a 10-year contract to manage mines for a British company. She persuaded the mine owners to build a Roman Catholic church for one of the small villages. She worked for the American Red Cross, raising $50,000 from family and friends in the United states to build a hospital in Cagliari for World War I soldiers. She received the title of Gran Dama della Regina from the king of Italy for her service. In 1919 the family moved to the District of Columbia. In 1920 they returned to Italy where her husband operated mines he bought in Southern Tyrol. Living in Merano, she formed an association of American women to help destitute Englishwomen and Russian refugees. In 1927 when Mussolini began confiscating the property of foreigners the family returned to the District where her husband became chief of the Mining Division of the Bureau of Mines. Later he became a consultant to the State Department where he helped establish mineral attaches to United States embassies in Europe and South America. The family lived in Kenwood for many years then moved to Massachusetts Avenue Northwest near the Cosmos Club in 1947. She was a president of the Washington Vassar Club and the Women of St. Thomas Episcopal Church. She was a former member of the Washington Club, Friday Morning Music Club, Twentieth Century Club, Chevy Chase Club and Kenwood Club. She was a former board member of the YWCA, Juvenile Protective Association and the Family and Child Services organization. She died at age 93 on Friday, July 25, 1975 at the Washington Home for Incurables. She was predeceased by her husband who died in 1968. Survivors included two sons: Frederick D. Wright of Lexington, Kentucky and Thomas W.D. Wright (1919-2006) of the District; two daughters: Janet W. (Allan B.) Fay of the District and Beatrice W. (Robert B.) McKellar of Aiken, South Carolina; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Services were held in Bethleham Chapel of Washington Cathedral. Memorial contributions were suggested to St. Thomas Parish at 1772 Church Street Northwest or to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Sources: The Evening Star, Sunday, July 27, 1975 and Monday, July 28, 1975.


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