Frances Ann Nuckels Wright, cofounder of Peninsula Diabetic Association

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On Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, Ann Wright left her earthly body to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was the only child born to Mr. and Mrs. Allen R. Nuckols in Newport News.

She was raised in Parkview Baptist Church, where she gave her heart to Christ, at the age of eight. Musically talented, she was an assistant organist there. She was a graduate of Warwick High School and the College of William & Mary.

Professionally, she was a public school teacher in Newport News, Portsmouth, Pinellas County, Fla., and Dougherty County, Ga. She returned to Newport News in 1987. She suffered sudden cardiac death at Carver Elementary School Dec. 14, 1989, and retired.

She enjoyed her early and unplanned retirement with her husband, Robert A. Wright, until his death in 1997, five months after relocating to Williamsburg.

She was cofounder of the Peninsula Diabetic Association at Riverside Hospital in 1973. She battled the massive damage her heart sustained and adult onset diabetes.

She was predeceased by her parents; first husband, Frederick B. Smallwood; her second husband, Robert A. Wright; only child, Fred B. Smallwood Jr.; and the many canine and feline the loves of her life. She is survived by her three granddaughters, Mary Ella, Rebecca Anne and Cady Lynn Smallwood; daughter-in-law, Lisa, of Winder, Ga.; and her lifelong friend, Donna Lonce.

Burial services will be private. The family asks that you remember Ann by donating to your favorite charity.