|Ethel Marie Hecht Wright passed away at University Hospital Vitas Hospice Care Unit in Tamarac, FL on Sunday, July 15, 2012. She was 82-years old.
Marie is survived by her three children: David Hecht (Maxie) of Fort Lauderdale, FL; Susan Ezekiel (Michael) of Ocean Ridge, FL; and Marsha Hecht of Galesburg, IL; three grandchildren: Joseph Ezekiel of Nashville, TN; Lea and Vincent Santano of Boca Raton, FL. She is preceded in death by her husband and father of their children, Joseph Hecht and her second husband, Thomas Wright; her parents, Clarence Wallissa and Bertha Schaffer; and her ten brothers and sisters. Marie was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and businesswoman.
She assisted with her husband, Joseph Hecht, at Ellis Jewelers, Inc. 219 E. Main Street, in Galesburg, IL. Shortly after Joseph's death in 1970, Marie opened a second location and was one of the original stores at Carl Sandburg Mall. Joseph, Marie and their three children were members of Temple Sholom. On May 27, 1998, Marie accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She was baptized at St. Andrew Baptist Church by Dr. Randall Perry in Panama City, FL on June 7, 1998. Marie's life and character are beautifully reflected in the description of the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31:10-31.
She was faithful, generous, industrious, and sacrificial in her love. She will be dearly missed. We look forward to seeing her again at the resurrection of the dead, the return of Christ, and the Kingdom of God.
Funeral Services are graveside at Brookside Cemetery, Linwood Road, Galesburg, IL. on Friday, July 20 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to V.I.P. Care Pavilion, Margate, FL or First Baptist Church Hollywood, Hollywood, FL.