Mrs. Valerie Wright was born on August 21, 1954, to the late Volme and Christena Swanier in DeLisle, MS where she was a native. She later settled in Moss Point, MS. She passed away peacefully on June 4, 2021.
She received her diploma from Pass Christian High School and attended Perkinston Junior College for two years before receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Southern MS in 1976. She taught for twenty-five years, working primarily at Arlington Elementary in the Pascagoula School District. She retired in May 2008 and then started working with Jackson County Civic Action Headstart Center in October 2009. She also continued her education and received another Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Southern MS in 2013. She also had numerous certifications in CPR, Life Insurance, and Debt Management.
Valerie was a woman with a strong faith and love for her family. She was a faithful Choir Member, Lector, CCD Teacher, and Parishioner of St. Peter The Apostle Catholic Church for many years. She volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and was always readily available to help anyone. Recently, she became a member of the Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary, Our Lady of Lourdes Court #4. Valerie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend to many.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Volme and Christena Swanier; two brothers, Adrian (Corena) Swanier and Oliver Wendell (Geraldine) Swanier; two sisters, Mary Swanier and Helena Ausmer; and three children, Frederick Harrison Cook IV, Roxanne Elizabeth Cook, and Rosalyn Elizabeth Cook.
Valerie leaves to cherish her beautiful memories: her devoted husband of 17 years, David Wright; two sons, Frederick Ramon Cook Sr. and David Wright Jr.; four daughters, Rita Charne Cook, Raquel Anica Cook, Mercedes Johnson, and Precious Wright; two brothers, Daniel Swanier and Shelton (Lori) Swanier; one sister, Bernadette Daley (Isaiah); one godchild, Nyoakee Swanier; twelve grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.
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