Died: Sun., Dec. 15, 2019

Interment following funeral service

Fri., Dec. 20, 2019


11:30 AM to 12:00 PM, Fri., Dec. 20, 2019
Location: Capitol City Seventh-Day Adventist

Celebration of Life

12:00 PM Fri., Dec. 20, 2019
Location: Capitol City Seventh-Day Adventist

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Her Story

        Louise Thomasine Longware Wright, the daughter of Thomas R. Longware and    Loueva  Woods Longware, was born on June 12, 1923 in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Throughout her life she became known as  “Thomasine” to family, church members and friends.

She began attending school at the West Shreveport Elementary School at which time she exhibited uncommon academin acumen.  In grade six the family moved to Dallas, Texas when her father was a Literature Evangelist for Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas Conference.  Thomasine’s first experience  in a Seventh Day Adventist  School brought the opportunity to sell the Adventist magazines to help pay for her tuition and defray costs of education.  She completed high school years was in Dallas, Texas, and    graduated from Lincoln High.  She and her sister, Lizzie Strange, enrolled at Oakwood Junior College, now know as Oakwood University,, working to assist their parents with the tuition for $.10 per hour  which later it increased to $.12 per hour.  At the end of the school year she along with her sister and eight other girls went to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania for the summer to sell magazines for a scholarship to assist their parents in financing their education.  She earned  a scholarship to Union College in Lincoln,  Nebraska.  Her studies continued at University of Nebraska and at University of Wisconsin.    She studied hard to earn both bachelor and master degrees, and comp[leted post-graduate studies in Economics and Nutrition.

Thomasine’s educational career continued began in Nashville, Tennessee in the South Central Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  She returned to Oakwood, where she served as Dean of Home Economics for 20 years..  She next channeled her energies and talents Shiloh Academy, Chicago, Illinois.  It ws her joy to provide workshops and host seminars for the various conferences, often focusing on and bringing forth the message of healthy living. 

On April 10, 1966,   Thomasine was united in Holy Matrimony to Elmer Wright.  Together they made Indianapolis, Indiana their earthly home.  Their union spanned over forty-seven years and they were separated only by his death on January 17, 2013.

Thomasine served as a Home Economist for the State of Indiana for over twenty-five years, and she taught at the Capitol City Seventh Day Adventist School fas an art teacher .  With others and her  her beloved sister, Lizzie, she worked tirelessly as a Fund Raiser.  They provided means and instructed many on how to earn scholarships and assistance to attend Capitol City School and Oakwood College, now University.  Her talents for fund raising also garnered funds to be directed toward teachers’ salaries,  school equipment, gifts for workers and students, junior camping and winter and summer camp.  She witnessed the fruits of her labors manifested in growth and church renovation through the years, which included:

* School renovation and new school erection (old Capitol City School)

* New School renovation with a $34,000 Eli Lilly & Company Matching Grant

* Kindergarten – 13th Sabbath with local Investment for the school

* New Church body (Emmanuel)

* Oakwood University Alumni Indianapolis Chapter, since 1988 raising over $40,000 

* Annual fundraising picnic on Michigan Road


It always a pleasure for her to raise funds for scholarships and aid students as they prepared for  today and eternity.  Her talents earned her recognition throughout the country via letters, telephone  messages and personal contacts.  It seems that persons found it hard to say no to their request. 

To God be the Glory for her talent. 



Louise Thomasine Longware Wright departed this life on December, 15, 2019, having been preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister.

She leaves to cherish her memory a cousin,Virginia Gibson, and a host of multiple generations of nieces and nephews, both of her bloodline and adopted who she dearly loved, including among then Geneva Mosby, Janet Mosby Gibson, Elizabeth “Bootsy” Mosby Paes and  Irene Bowden; her sister’s twins, Sherman L. Strange (Jackie) and Sharon L. Strange; niece with whom she lived and who so lovingly cared for her, Carmelita Richardson; adopted “sons”, Ricky Allen (Anna) and Dwayne MarTin, and dear friends, Clayton and Karen Loney.  There are many others, and if there are any omissions, these are clearly errors of the pen and not of the heart.


Humbly Submitted……………………..The Family


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Carolyn Pettiford Spears and Family
   Posted Wed December 18, 2019
To the family of Sister Wright,

You have my deepest condolence in the passing of your loved one. She will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with the family.

Sister Spears & family.

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