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DAV Auxiliary Past National Commander Pauline Wright dies.

Pauline Wright, 93, the oldest surviving Auxiliary Past National Commander, died Dec. 20, 2006, in Wheat Ridge, Colo.

Wright was born in Holliday, Mo., on April 5, 1913. She was elected Auxiliary National Commander for the 1970-71 membership year, and was a life member of Auxiliary Unit 7 in Lakewood, Colo.

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"It is indeed sad to realize the death of Pauline Wright, but we also celebrate this extraordinary woman who so generously shared her experience and leadership with us for so many years," Auxiliary National Commander Donna Tanner said. "This and all future generations of our Auxiliary are the legacy of the work and dedication of women like Pauline Wright. Though we are no longer able to seek her counsel, her influence and compassion are always with us as we work to build better lives for America's disabled veterans and their families, in that there is lasting comfort even as we are saddened at her passing."

During her 56 years of devoted Auxiliary membership, Wright was also a life member of Unit 22 in Arvada, Colo., where she served as Unit Commander, Adjutant and Treasurer, as well as other positions. She was eligible for Auxiliary membership through her late husband Gerald G. Wright, a disabled veteran who served in World War II. In 1956 the Wrights were elected as the first husband and wife Department Commanders in Colorado. She also served as National Executive Committeewoman for District 11, National Americanism Chairman and National Convention Chairman for the 1967 National Convention in Denver, where she was elected National Chaplain.

Additionally, Wright served as National Deputy VA Voluntary Service Representative. She was the VAVS Representative at the Denver VA Medical Center from 1955 through 1974, at which time she was certified an honorary representative and continued to serve at the medical center for many years.

Wright was laid to rest at the Fort Logan National Cemetery, in Denver.
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Title Annotation:Chaplain's Corner
Publication:DAV Magazine
Date:Mar 1, 2007
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