Phyllis Irene Wright was born in 1923, grew up in the Mohawk area, and graduated from Mt. Comfort High School in 1941. She was well-known in the community, particularly in the agriculture community. She lived on her family’s farm and possessed great expertise in grain marketing and merchandising. Phyllis worked at the Board of Trade in Indianapolis for the major part of her career. She also worked at Maxwell Grain Elevator and Hancock County Tractor where she was a friendly, helpful presence to all whom she served.
Phyllis had a special talent for writing poetry and left many pieces for her family to enjoy. She enjoyed needlepoint, pottery, and sharing her crafts with friends. Phyllis was an active member of Mohawk United Methodist Church and enjoyed volunteering at Hancock Regional Hospital.
Little did Phyllis know, when she signed a fund agreement in 1998, that the assets she committed as a future gift would grow as they did. On May 2nd, Ron Wyatt, who served as the estate executor, hand delivered Phyllis’ gift. He shared how very special Phyllis was to all who knew her and how pleased she would be to know the impact her gift will make in the lives of those pursuing higher education. The purpose of The Phyllis Wright Scholarship Endowment Fund is to generate grants for scholarships. Those scholarships will be awarded to past graduates or graduating students from Greenfield-Central and Mt. Vernon High Schools who are on their journey to obtain a post-secondary credential whether it be a certification, associate or bachelor’s degree. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
As with many philanthropists, humility was a character trait of Phyllis. John Apple, Phyllis’ estate planning attorney shared, “Now Phyllis would not want you to make a fuss over her. That’s just the way she was.”
Miss Wright departed this earth on July 20, 2013, but her presence will forever be remembered. Not surprisingly, Phyllis was known by all her friends and family as a very caring person. Indeed, the trait for which she will be most remembered will live on in perpetuity….thanks to her incredible gift.