Heaven’s flower garden needed a Master Gardener, so God called home Thelma “Susie” “Mini-Duck” Gant Wright on Friday, May 20, 2022. Funeral services were held on Monday, May 23, 2022 at the chapel of Scottsboro Funeral Home with burial following in Pinehaven Memorial Gardens.
She suffered a bad fall and fractured her right femur, and complications resulted in her death.
A lifetime resident of Jackson County, Mini Duck always lived within 20 miles from her birthplace near Randall’s Chapel. A milestone birthday of 90 years was celebrated last November at Center Point Baptist Church where she and her husband were members for over 50 years.
Thelma loved her flowers, and one of her joys was to share bouquets and rooted flowers with her family and friends. She was gifted in taking a plant cutting, rooting it and having another plant to share. The family often laughed that she could make a plant grow in cracks in concrete. She was also a gifted Southern cook, and her collection of nearly 40 cast iron skillets were seasoned to perfection. A family garden was grown each year, and she harvested, canned and froze vegetables. The family often laughed that she only knew how to pick beans in a #5 galvanized wash tub. She enjoyed baking cakes, cupcakes and cookies for Bible School or her daughters’ classes when they were in school. She was a member of Velma Sebrings’ Food Committee at Center Point.
Even as a child Thelma enjoyed traveling but always wanted to be home before dark; her home was her castle. She was a gifted seamstress, having sewn since she was eight years old. The first sewing machine she used was a treadle Singer, and she made many garments for the family out of fertilizer sacks because that was all the fabric the farming family had. Later, she sewed for the public and made all the clothes her daughters wore.
She loved the good Lord, her family, and she tolerated Alabama football because her family loved and supported the Crimson Tide.
Survived to mourn her loss are her daughters, Deby Wright-Harbin, Marsha Wright-Harbin; sister, Kathryn Wondell; brother, Glen Gant. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Perry; daughter, Barbara Scannell; brother, J.L. Gant; son-in-law, Joe Scannell; beloved brother-in-law, Chuck Wondell.