Mary L. Bright, 97

Mary L. Bright, 97, formerly of LaFontaine, passed away at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at Miller's Merry Manor East. 

She was born in Wabash County on April 3, 1921, to the late Herman and Helen (Johnson) Whitesel.

Mary was a 1939 graduate of Somerset High School. She married Loren Alan Bright on March 15, 1942; he passed away August 2004.  She worked as a homemaker and on the family farm.  Mary attended the Woodlawn United Methodist Church, Somerset and was a member of the Lebanon United Methodist Church. She played piano for the church for 55 years.  She was also a member of the Kessler Corner Ladies Aid and of the Hoosier Home Economics Club. 

Mary is survived by one son, David A. (Judy) Bright, Wabash; one daughter, Janet (Gerald) Miller, LaFontaine; eight grandchildren, Greg (Jessica) Miller, Brian (Jo) Miller, Jason (Jenn Wyant-Young) Miller, Lisa (Mark) Klingenberger, Scott (Cathy) Bright, Erica (Kevin) Briggs, Tracy (Stephan) Watson and Andy (Fran) Ball; 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother. 

Funeral services were Saturday, April 7, 2018, at McDonald Funeral Home, 231 Falls Ave., Wabash, with Dr. Ted Batsom officiating.  Burial immediately followed at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Wabash. Visitation was Friday, April 6, 2018, at the funeral home. 

Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be directed to the family at


Posted on 2018 Apr 10