Bonnie L. Wright

Age 65, of Lansing, MI, passed away September 11, 2019. She was born December 7, 1953, in Ottawa, IL, to Robert and Donna Corbit.

Bonnie was a longtime emergency-room charge nurse at McLaren. She touched many lives. She loved being a “Gammy” and enjoyed spending time at “Wright on the Beach” on Lake Michigan. She had a fierce love for life and laughter…and scrapbooking! She will be missed by many.

She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Tommy Wright; children, Mandi (James) Whinnie, Ken (Jessica) Wright, and Mary Ellen “Mews” Wright; grandchildren, Danielle and Easton Whinnie, Savannah, Callum, and Luke Wright; brother, Andrew (Bobbi) Corbit; sisters, Sandra (Mike) Izdebski, Deborah (Dirk) Andersen, and Ellen (Brian) Martin; many nieces, nephews, and other extended family members; and beloved Golden Retrievers, Bailey and Casey. She was preceded in death by her parents.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at St. Gerard Catholic Church, Lansing. The Rite of Committal will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Lansing. Her family will receive friends and relatives from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, and beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at the church. The rosary will be prayed at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association – Capital Area Regional Office (Okemos).

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Brian Olson
September 11, 2019 at 2:46 pm

God bless Bonnie. Your long journey home is done.

Carol Cruz
September 11, 2019 at 2:49 pm

Tommy and your children and grandchildren, I send my heartfelt condolences. I pray your lifetime of wonderful memories with Bonnie will ease your pain today, tomorrow and in the future. Such a strong and wonderful family.

Mary Schmitt Woods
September 11, 2019 at 3:06 pm

So sorry for your family. I will continue prayers. Love to all.

Roger Meredith
September 11, 2019 at 3:16 pm

My deepest regrets for her passing. She was a great lady and wife of a great friend Tommy Wright. She was also a mother and grandmother. She will be missed deeply by me and many more friends and relatives. My prayers go out to the entire family . RIP Bonnie.

Denise (Corbit), Brian & Dustin Anders
September 11, 2019 at 3:27 pm

Tom and family. God speed to Bonnie. Heartfelt condolences to each of you.
~ Hugs to each of you!
Denise (Corbit), Brian and Dustin Anders
When Tomorrow Starts Without Me

When tomorrow starts without me and I’m not here to see…
If the sun should rise and find your eyes filled with tears for me,
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today…
While thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say.
I know how much you love me, as much as I love you…
And each time you think of me, I know you’ll miss me, too.
But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand…
That Jesus came and called my name and took me by the hand,
And said my place was ready in heaven far above…
And that I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love.
So when tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart…
For every time you think of me, I’m right here in your heart.

~David Romano~

Lindsay (Thorne) Franklin
September 11, 2019 at 4:55 pm

Mandi and family, I am truly sorry for your loss. I remember your mom fondly and will keep her and you in my prayers.

She was truly a wonderful woman and mom. I felt like was a second mom to me. I remember all the fun times we had growing up.

Darlene Klein
September 11, 2019 at 7:32 pm

So sorry for your loss she was such a happy go lucky person will never forget our vacations at the summer place all the fun and laughs and of course the trash fires sending love hugs and prayers to all

September 11, 2019 at 9:00 pm

Although it is very hard for all that are left behind , you are at peace

Pam and Paul Klein
September 11, 2019 at 9:01 pm

Tommy, so sorry to hear of your Bonnie’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Embrace those memories.

Susan Hoffman Adams
September 11, 2019 at 9:55 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss, Tommy. I will be thinking of you and your family, and saying a prayer for all of you.
Sincerely, Sue Adams

Dr. Michelle Burkhardt
September 11, 2019 at 10:20 pm

Tommy and family,

I am deeply saddened to hear of her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Rest in peace Bonnie. Until we all see each other again someday.

The Dash Poem

I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on the tombstone
from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth
and spoke the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that they spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved them
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
the cars…the house…the cash
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what’s true and real
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect
and more often wear a smile,
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy is being read,
with your life’s actions to rehash…
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent YOUR dash? (Ellis, L., 1996-2019).

God be with you and your family.

Susie Cherry
September 12, 2019 at 3:12 am

Tommy and family, so sorry for the loss of your wife, mother and “Grammy.” May your memories sustain you during this difficult time, God Bless you all.
“May the angels welcome her to paradise”

Suzanne Moore
September 12, 2019 at 10:33 am

Tommy & Family:

May your cherished memories of this great lady bring you comfort & may knowing that she is in God’s loving embrace give you peace.

Sandy Draggoo
September 12, 2019 at 12:07 pm

Dear Tommy and family—
Oh how I remember you and Bonnie and all the fun we had at our CATA Roadeo and dinners! It was a great honor to know both of you!
May Bonnie Rest In Peace and that you will find your peace with her death too!
Love to you all

Alexis H
September 12, 2019 at 12:59 pm

So very sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of working with Bonnie many moons ago in the McLaren ER. She was a nursing force of nature that taught me what being a good nurse was before I even became a nurse. Praying that you all feel God’s peaceful arms around you during this time.

Jo and Jerry Boles
September 12, 2019 at 2:37 pm

Tommy, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We know Bonnie was welcomed into open arms and probably has all the ANGELS laughing! Love to you all.

Jo and Jerry Boles

Joe and Sue Mezzano
September 12, 2019 at 5:09 pm

So sad for your loss. May your memories sustain you. God be with you at this difficult time.

Angela Fritz
September 12, 2019 at 6:35 pm

My prayers and condolences to your family. I worked with Bonnie in the McLaren ER in Lansing. She was tough but she was fair and always had the staff nurses backs. I’ve thought about her a few times over the years since I left McLaren, especially when I would work charge in the ER. I would remember her calm in the face of chaos and her little pearls of wisdom she would pass on. The world is a little less bright today knowing that she has passed away. Rest in peace Bonnie. And for the family I pray that the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.

Mary Stevens
September 13, 2019 at 1:13 am

Just about any LPD patrol officer could write a book about Bonnie and her amazing nurse skills. I might be wrong but I always felt she looked out for the female officers with a little extra special touch. Without a doubt, she was always the nurse we all wanted tending to us, the victims of crimes, and even our prisoners. It was because she instantly knew what each person needed. She was smart, compassionate, and she didn’t take any disrespect. I absolutely adored her as a nurse and as a person. Nothing demonstrated the love and humor that Bonnie and Tommy shared as their 3 children. I knew those kids were going to be amazing adults because they were loved, taught respect, and were prepared for the real world. As much bad as Bonnie and Tommy saw in the world in their jobs, they didn’t teach their kids to fear or hate. They showed them the real world but emphasized the good. Bonnie was understandably proud of those kids and it showed. The respect and love for Bonnie was universal from her coworkers and from all the officers. I once brought in a patient who was in need of a firm talking to. Bonnie gave him a well deserved “mom” speech that shut him up. She later talked to him and by the time we left, he sincerely thanked her. I think we all thanked her at some point and she deserved it. So, here is yet one more thank you for you, Bonnie. I know you will be looking out for all of us!

Vick Saxena
September 13, 2019 at 7:50 am

So sorry for the loss. I can always remember her smiling and I remember her sitting out and handing out candy to kids on Halloween. She was a wonderful person and we will miss her but she is no longer suffering and in a better place.

Wendell Frever
September 13, 2019 at 8:55 am

My friend, we have shared a journey in life with many similarities . After twenty one years all the feelings and emotions come rushing back like it was yesterday. My prayers and thoughts for you and family. GOD BLESS

kathy Parker
September 13, 2019 at 12:33 pm

Tom, John & I were very sorry to hear about Bonnie but we know she is happily home with the Lord. Your grief & the grief of your family is felt by everyone who knew you both & you will have the support you need to move forward from those same people. john & I are out of state right now but our thoughts & prayers are with you. God bless you & all your family…may he hold you in His hands! John & Kathy Parker

September 13, 2019 at 12:36 pm

I’m so very sorry for your loss. I know this has been a long and difficult journey for all of you. I’m honored to have met you all. Tom, the love and dedication you have shown for Bonnie, compares to nothing I’ve ever seen. I’m thankful you have so many wonderful memories to hold onto and to share! Not every family has this. Bonnie and you surely did right by your three amazing children! I’m thankful to have been part of Bonnie’s life, even for only a short while, and truly blessed to meet a family with so much love! May God give you all everything you need to get through the days ahead.

Dan Isaac
September 13, 2019 at 1:10 pm

Tommy and Family; There are no words to express the grief we feel when we lose a family member. Only the presence of family and friends to support us, and the certainty of Gods love will carry us when we don’t know how to get through it. Bonnie is now with her Savior, eternally happy and awaiting the days when we can all join her. Please cling to your faith, it will carry you.

Kim and Rick Klatt
September 13, 2019 at 3:09 pm

We are so very sorry for you and your family’s loss. Such a huge presence Bonnie was in the family. Memories and stories will keep her alive in all your hearts.

Suzan (Smitherman) Drogt
September 13, 2019 at 3:39 pm

Deb and Tom,
So sorry for your loss of Bonnie. Your families in my prayers.

Don and Lin Dawson
September 13, 2019 at 5:32 pm

Bonnie was such a wonderful person. Our thoughts are with the whole family and all of her many friends. Such great memories.

Suzanne Moore
September 13, 2019 at 7:23 pm

Tommy & Family: May your cherished memories of this beautiful lady bring you comfort and may knowing that Bonnie is in Gods loving embrace give you peace.

Trena Trowhill
September 14, 2019 at 7:26 pm

Dear Tom,
I’m so sorry to hear of Bonnie passing. I always enjoyed seeing her smile while she was at Fairview.
You were a very devoted husband; she is so proud of you.
Prayers to you and your family.
Trena Trowhill

Carol Larsen
September 14, 2019 at 9:55 pm

My deepest sympathies to you Tom, your children, Bonnie’s siblings and countless other relatives I had the honor of meeting during Bonnie’s final graduation. You were heartwarming and uplifting, helping to guide so many of us dealing with similar. I will always have a special place in my heart for all of Bonnie’s kin. Thank you for allowing me to witness the most perfect marriage. Love, Carol

John & Junko Free and Family
September 15, 2019 at 12:13 am

Sending our love and prayers to the Wright family. May the love of family and friends be of comfort during this time of loss.

Jim (Wally) and Colleen Wallace
September 15, 2019 at 8:41 am

Tommy, we are so sorry for your loss and will keep you close in our prayers. May God bless you and your family now and during all the days ahead and may He welcome Bonnie to the glory and joys of heaven for all eternity.


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