Melanie Profilet Reed Wright

Published 12:01 am Friday, December 19, 2014

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Oct. 19, 1940 – Dec. 15, 2014

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JACKSON — Memorial Eucharist for Melanie Profilet Reed Wright, 74, of Jackson, who died on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at Roswell Nursing and Rehabilitation in Roswell, Ga., will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Jackson.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m until service time Monday at the church.

Burial will follow in the Cathedral Columbarium under the direction of Sebrell Funeral Home of Ridgeland.

Mrs. Wright was born Oct. 19, 1940, in Natchez, the daughter of Thomas James Reed and Ethel Profilet Reed.  She was a graduate of Natchez High School and Louisiana State University with a degree in English.  Melanie later graduated from Mississippi College with honors, earning a master’s degree in school administration.  She was also a member of the National Honor Society.

Melanie met Monroe Wright while working in New Orleans.  They married in 1966 and moved to Jackson in 1968.  Melanie taught first in New Orleans for Jefferson Parish Schools and later in Jackson, teaching both for Jackson Public Schools and St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. 

After receiving her master’s degree, Melanie became an assistant principal for Jackson Public Schools and later worked for St. Joseph’s Catholic School before retiring to focus on being a grandmother.

Melanie loved reading, writing, traveling and gardening as well as entertaining guests in her home with Monroe.  Melanie began a book club with a few friends in 1982.  This book club continues to thrive and they all missed Melanie when she moved to Atlanta after Monroe died.

Melanie was preceded in death by her husband, Monroe Morgan Wright. 

Survivors include two brothers, Tom Reed and wife Judy, of Madison, Wis., and Edward and wife Teresita of Tagaytay, Philippines; one sister, Mary Jane Reed Gaudet and husband, Ed, of Natchez; her children, Monroe Morgan Wright Jr. and wife Kathleen Brown Wright, and their sons, Peyton Monroe and Brodie Ewing, all of San Francisco; Elizabeth Wright Ainsworth and husband Robert Ainsworth, and their sons, John Gerson, William Monroe and Reed Evans, all of Atlanta; and a number of loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Andrew’s Cathedral or the Mississippi Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.