On November 1, 1937, in the parish of Kingston, Jamaica, Iris and Adolphus Henry gave birth to their fourth child. A beautiful baby girl who was the first girl in their lot of nine children. This baby girl would go on to become a loving, thoughtful, and caring human being. This baby was name Hortense Henry, who would later become known to everyone as Hortense Shirley Wright.
As a young woman, Hortense attended Alpha Academy High School. After graduating from Alpha, she pursued a career in nursing. While working on accomplishing her goal, Hortense would give back to her community by holding classes for the local children in her neighborhood. She would hold class on the front porch of her family home. She would teach her students to read, write, and to do mathematics.
During her training in nursing school, Her brother Rudolph commonly known as Rudy told her he was going to introduce her to the man she would marry. She hesitated at first, then agreed to meet these man. Turns out….Rudy was right. She and Ira Wright feel in love and got married on August 22, 1962. They were married for 45 wonderful year. They made a beautiful life together that lasted all the way to Ira’s untimely demise. Their love produced 4 amazing children.
After graduating nursing school, Hortense worked as a mid-wife at Children Hospital. She later moved on to work as nurse at Bellevue Hospital in Jamaica. Until she migrated to the United States.
In April of 1979 she migrated to the United States to join her parents and her siblings. Later, she was reunited with her late husband and children. Her late parents were members of the International Pentecostal City Mission Church. Hortense gave her life to the lord and became a member along with her daughter Charmaine. Enjoying her fresh start in America, Hortense worked as a living-in nurse for a year. In the winter of 1980 Hortense was hired by Kings County Hospital. She worked there for 20 years all the way up to retirement in 2004. While working at Kings County, Hortense wanted to further her education, she attended City Tech Community College.
After retiring in 2004, most of Hortense life revolved around volunteering and taking care of her ailing husband. In the summer, she would volunteer at vacation bible school in whatever capacity that was available. She enjoyed working with the children. Hortense love and cared for them like her own children. In 2007, Hortense would lose her beloved husband.
When her health began to fail, she found it very difficult to walk around for long periods of time. She wasn’t able to cook and walk the streets with her shopping cart anymore which really frustrated her. She would sneak out the house and walk to the corner store and back. She would call the stroll her morning exercise. Along the way she would stop and talk to all the neighbors as they made their way to work. She was loved and respected by the people in the community and her church. One Sunday, Hortense felt she was unable to make the trip to church due to sharp pains in her foot. She told her daughter Charmaine to go on without her. Charmaine left her home. Unbeknownst to everyone Hortense had other plans. She decided no amount of pain will keep her away from praising the Lord. She got dressed and took a cab all by herself. Everyone at City Mission was so surprised to see her. She would often see that their prayers helped her make it thru tough times.
On August 11, 2019 Hortense succumbed to her illness and passed away at Brookdale Hospital. Hortense left behind a loving family and tons of friends who will always remember the good times they shared with her. Hortense will live on eternally in our hearts every time we reflect on the joy she brought us.
Hortense had one grandson Dwayne, who preceded her in death.
In her untimely passing, Hortense leaves behind: daughter: Charmaine; sons: Wayne, Donovan, and Devon; grandchildren: Kevin, Alexandria, Oronde, Anaya, Elijah, Andrew, and Nova Skye. She also leaves behind: brothers: Carlton, Tornville, and Leroy; Sisters: Hyacinth, Daphne, Monica, Patricia, and Venice. She leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews far too many to list. She will be greatly missed.
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