Lena Cutler Wright passed away peacefully in her home in Ashland, Ore. December 10, 2012. She is survived by her husband, Abraham Wright; her children, Hillel Wright and Judith Visser; her grandchildren, Hano Wright, Anita Miceli, Teresa Wright, Jesse Visser, Rose Morrison, and Sarah Klein; and her great-grandchildren, Ashley Wright, Brice Wright, Damien Wright, Cameron Wright, Fyfe Miceli, Kees Visser, Evan Wright, and Sofia and Brooklyn Morrison.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Abraham and Lottie (Kotkin) Cutler; by her seven sisters, Ida Burday, Nellie Burlock, Anita Redak, Jennie Slipchinsky, Etta Kruh, Lillian Berman, and Jacqueline Berg; and by her three brothers, Morris Cutler, Sam Cutler, and Frank Cutler.
Lena was born in Hartford, Connecticut on May 18, 1916. She married Abraham Wright October 17 1942, and they celebrated their 70th anniversary two months before she died. As her husband said at her funeral, "That must be some kind of record!" She lived most of her life in Hartford, Connecticut with the exception of short stints to Denver, Colorado and Washington DC, where she worked for the War Department during WWII. Lena enjoyed spending summers on the Connecticut shore in Old Saybrook, where her parents and other members of the family had purchased cottages. After her children moved to the West Coast, she travelled frequently to visit her growing family, and eventually decided to move to the Rogue Valley in December 1998. Lena (Lee) played Scrabble several times a week with her husband and daughter and son-in-law. She continued to learn new words and was always eager for the latest edition of the Scrabble dictionary to come out. Lee shared her enjoyment of words with children through a volunteer program at a local public school, teaching students how to use the dictionary. She also volunteered for many years at the Hebrew Home for the Aged. After moving to the Rogue Valley, she and her husband were active members of the Mavens at Temple Emek Shalom. They loved the musical offering they discovered in Southern Oregon and could often be found attending the Youth Symphony and concerts in Lithia Park.
She will be missed by her family and many friends.
Donations can made to Temple Emek Shalom's Religious School Fund.