Mae Ruth Wright Johnson McGuffey, 96, died March 4, 2004, in a Batesville nursing home.
Known as "Granny Mae," she was born Dec. 4, 1907, near Sidney. She was the daughter of Tom M. and Cora Ford Wright. She retired from Saint Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., worked for a number of years as a foster grandparent in the Batesville School System, and was a member of Vine Street Missionary Baptist Church in Batesville.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law -- Claude Sedral and Glenda Johnson of Batesville; a brother, George Junior Wright of Cave City; five sisters -- Mona Qualls of Eufaula, Okla., Lottie Ryder of Garden City, Kan., Drinon Smith of Beebe, Odessa Simmons of Basehor, Kan., and Jewell Durham of Woodbine, Ga.; a grandson, Keith Johnson and his wife, Debbie, of Newark; a granddaughter, Lisa Hunter, and her husband, Tracy, of Desha; two great-grandsons -- Daniel Johnson and Bryan Johnson, both of Batesville; two great-granddaughters -- Angela Johnson of Batesville, and Alicia Hunter of Desha; two step-great-grandchildren -- Allen Coleman and Crystal Coleman, both of Newark; two great-great-grandsons -- Keegan Johnson and Kyler Phillips, both of Batesville; a great-great-granddaughter, Abrianna Bumpous of Thida; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Claude Johnson; her second husband, Charlie McGuffey; three brothers -- James Henry Wright, Ewell Wright and Tommy Wright; and two sisters -- Faye Garner and Johnnie Hill.
The funeral service was March 7 at Qualls Batesville Funeral Service Chapel in Batesville with the Rev. Gale Johnson officiating. Burial followed in Yeager Cemetery near Evening Shade with arrangements under the direction of Qualls Batesville Funeral Service of Batesville.
Pallbearers were Gail Wright, Jimmy Wright, Benny Clark, Jerry Webb, Ernest Hodges and Larry Brewer.
Honorary pallbearers were Anthel Marlin, Gerald Marlin, and the staff of the Woodlawn Nursing Home of Batesville.