Martha Kingman Wright – Shelburne

Martha Kingman Wright passed away on May 19 at Wake Robin in Shelburne, Vt. She was 103 years old.  Martha was born in Mount Vernon, Ill. Her parents were Herbert R. Kingman and Elizabeth Clement Kingman. Her family lived briefly in Mount Vernon before moving to Yakima, Wash. After a few years, the family moved to River Edge, N. J. There Martha attended local schools and did a post-graduate high school year in upstate New York, before attending Middlebury College. At Middlebury she majored in French, and met her future husband, Charles Wright. They were married in 1933 and lived until 1948 in Lyndon Center, Vt. From 1948 to 1975 they lived in Castleton, Vt.  During the Lyndon and Castleton years, Martha was a home-maker for her husband and two sons, Robert and Thomas. In 1975 she and her husband retired to Orleans, Mass., on Cape Cod. There she lived until 1994, moving then to Wake Robin in Shelburne, Vt. In Castleton, Martha participated in several community organizations including the Women’s Club and the Historical Society.  She and her husband sang in choral groups in Castleton and acted in Operettas at Castleton College. Martha was an enthusiastic painter of landscapes in oils. Her paintings commemorate many scenes from Castleton, and many more from the years Cape Cod.  The paintings remind us of her love for walking in natural settings where she found most of her subjects. Martha was predeceased by her son Thomas and her husband Charles. She is survived by her son Robert, two granddaughters, and two great-grandchildren.  In accordance with her wishes, the only memorial service will be a private graveside service at Westlook  Cemetery in Glover, Vt., where she will be buried beside her husband and son Thomas.

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