Pattiann Wright

  • Born: February 18, 1935
  • Died: December 24, 2012
  • Location: Ogden, Iowa

Carson-Stapp Funeral Homes

601 W Division St
Ogden, IA 50212
Tel. (515) 275-2702

Tribute & Message From The Family

Pattiann Wright, 77, of Ogden, Iowa, passed away on Monday, December 24, 2012, at the Ogden Manor.

Pat's wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held Thursday, December 27, 2012, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., at Carson – Stapp Funeral Home in Ogden, Iowa. For obituaries and online condolences visit:

Pattiann Fulks was born on February 18, 1935, in Decatur, Illinois, the daughter of Henry and Opal (Moore) Fulks.

Pat graduated from High School in Decatur, Illinois, and furthered her education at Millikin University in Decatur.

In 1957, Pat was united in marriage to Richard R. Wright. The couple lived in Carbondale, Illinois, and Ames, Iowa, before establishing their home north of Ogden. Pat taught piano and voice, as well as horseback riding. She was employed by Iowa State University for more than 30 years, where she worked in five different schools and also had served as Secretary to the Dean of Architecture. She retired in 2002.

Pat was a voracious reader. She loved all animals, but horses were always the most special. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Among the survivors are her daughter, Diana (Herb) Skarbek of Spring, Texas;
son, Don Wright of Ogden, Iowa; five grandchildren, Eric Wright (Jessica Lorenzen), Jessica McCarthy, Gwen (Nathan) Christenson, Neal Skarbek, and Kyle Skarbek. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Richard "Dick" Wright in June of 1986.

Memorials may be left to the familiy's discreation or the Boone Area Humane Society, 228 16th St. West, Boone, Iowa 50036


Condolence & Memory Journal

so sorry to read of Pat's passing -- I had no idea until just now...had tried calling a few times after I was out of the hospital and on the just did a general search and came across this -- she was a dear and special friend.

Posted by c lehtola - gainesville, FL - friend   June 13, 2013

Diana and Don, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. So many of my main childhood memories (holiday family gatherings and countless horse shows) bring to mind your mom's warm smiles and hugs. She always shared her truly kind heart with all of us. My thoughts are with you and your families.

Posted by Kim Reichard Switalski - Tallahassee, FL - family friend   February 07, 2013

She was my best friend as I started married life. She and her husband Dick shared many precious moments throughout our life's with family and friends,especially Bill and Marilyn Hutton. The loss of our husbands sent me down another course, though Pat and I shared many special times through our love for Arabian horses. I cherish the two times I was able to visit Pattiann recently before her passing and will always remember her with love. Skeeter

Posted by Karen Reichard - West Des Moines, IA - Friend   February 07, 2013

Wanted to send our love and thoughts to you all. You are family - our pasts are entwined. I am fortunate that my memories are all of "Mom #2" - with the joy, rebellion, love and tears that go with family. Pat was so talented, had such a BIG heart (especially for the critters!), and was so very determined. She was not meant to be alone - Dick was a great foil for her, and I think his loss changed life irrevocably. They are now united again - I will think of that whenever I see shooting stars! ;-)
Love you all!

Posted by Mary Hutton Eyer - WA - "second daughter", friend   February 01, 2013

So saddened to hear my cousin, Patti Ann, has passed.
She and I and my sister, Judy, played together several summers from the time
we were about 9-10 yrs. old to about 13-14 yrs. old. Her parents, Opal & Henry
Fulks, would vacation from Illinois to visit with us and my parents, Ina and
Wendell Shue, at good ol' Burke, Va.
Later, while I attended The George Washington Univ. in Washington, DC, she
attended The University of Maryland at College Park, only a few miles away so we visited with each other a few times. She sang in theatre there, also.
After that in the 1950's, I never saw her again as she got married and went on
with family as I did also.
I still have photos of Patti Ann and us.
We were the same age, she born on February 18 and me on April 19, 1935.
Patti Ann was one of God's blessings.

Posted by Frederick J. Shue - Ft. Myers, FL - cousinj   January 29, 2013

It was an honor to know Patti. We have so many delightful memories of her and Dick -- the Friday afternoon POET parties and weekend stay-overs with the whole gang! And all her animals. When we visited her recently in the hospital, the three of laughed so raucously remembering the old days that I feared we'd be asked by the staff to leave. Every Spring Break she welcomed my nieces for a day in the country with the pets and horses two city girls who would never have had the experience otherwise. She was never down -- always cheerful and so full of good will. God bless her family and a big thanks to them for sharing her with us. Nancy and Neal Bowers

Posted by Nancy and Neal Bowers - Ames, IA - Friends   December 29, 2012

So sorry for your loss Don. You will be in our thoughts and our prayers .Sincerely Deb and Greg Cox

Posted by Deb and Greg Cox--DeeAnn Willets sister - Huxley, IA - friend   December 29, 2012

Mary and I was sorry to hear about Patti's death. I was a colleague of her husband's for many years in the ISU English Dept. My wife and I knew Patti and her son with whom we spent many pleasant Friday evenings.

Posted by Bob Bataille Mary Howard - Ames, IA - friend and colleague   December 28, 2012


I will always hear Patti's adorable laugh in my mind when I drove up on my scooter one day. Her laugh and smile made the jaunt worth while. She was very interested in the scooter, and I almost had her convinced to take a short ride with me. We shared a love of all things four legged. My heart goes out to Don and Diana and your families. You are all in my heart and prayers.

DeeAnn Willett

Posted by DeeAnn Willett - Boone, IA - Friend of Patti's son, Don   December 28, 2012

You are in my thoughts and prayers, Life is not always easy but remember the good times. In Sympathy & Friendship

Posted by Shirley Erickson - Boone, IA - Friiend   December 28, 2012


Diana, Don and families:

I am so very sorry to learn of your mother's passing. She was my favorite piano teacher, and what I learned from her I have used all of my life -- the love of music, playing it, singing, and just being part of it. There are few days when I sit down to the piano and don't think of her and thank her for that gift of music she gave me (I even still have a piece of her sheet music that she gave me: Paderewsky's "Valse a l'Antique".

When I moved on to another piano teacher, she graciously took me back as her only student when that teacher was tragically killed in an automobile accident, until we could find another teacher for me; of the 12 years of piano instruction I took, I think 10 of them were with her.

I also remember her taking me to ride Yankee Clipper when she first got him back -- one of my two experiences on a horse, and BOY what that horse BIG!! I remember him trying to rub me off by edging closer and closer to the walls of the paddock we were in.

I used to run into her at Brekke's when I was buying cat food and litter, and she was buying horse feed, probably, and we stop and talk a bit.

I know all too well the impact of her passing at Christmas (my mother passed on last year at this time), and my heart and sympathies go out to all of you during this difficult time.

Posted by Victoria Van Voorhis - Ames, IA - former piano and voice teacher   December 28, 2012

I am so sorry to hear about Pattiann's passing. I got to know her as her insurance agent. We are both animal lovers and enjoyed exchanging dog stories. She was such a neat lady and we will miss her.

Posted by Vicky Randolph - Ogden, IA - friend   December 27, 2012

So sorry to hear of Pattiann's death. I always enjoyed running into her in the grocery store and catching up. She was always so upbeat and just made you feel good after talking to her. I will be sure to let my Mom, Patty Dunn, know. I know they talked alot when Mom used to have the men's store. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Sue McConnell    December 27, 2012

Don,Dianna & family, I am so sorry to hear of Pattiannn . She was a very neat person,unfortunatly our lives end & the finale good-byes are all so least she didn't have to suffer too long ----as I don't think she would have ever adapted to living at the manor, now maybe if they would have rooms/ living qaurters with older horses,cats & dogs! I know Eric has had alot of good memories over the years & will miss his Gramma Pat!! I found some photos I'd like to share W/you,unfortionatly my printers down,i'll bring them by the house tomorrow.XXXOOO- Kim

Posted by Kim Wright - Woodward, IA - ex daughter inlaw   December 26, 2012

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Life Stories

My father met Mrs. Wright during an ACTORS production of "Once Upon a Mattress" in the early 1960s, when Daddy was "Sir Studley" and Mrs. Wright was the "Nightengale of Samarkand." I LOVED that musical! And the story of Don being more worried about how his mother was going to get out of the cage she performed in than the performance itself. But then, he was just a little guy then.

Mrs. Wright was also the soloist at the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Ames, and Daddy loved to hear her sing (as did everyone else)! What a beautiful soprano voice she had.