Martha Lulu Wright

June 01, 1939 ‒ January 02, 2020

Cardington, Ohio

Martha Lulu Wright, age 80, of Cardington, passed away at her home, Thursday morning, January 2, 2020.

On June 1, 1939, Martha was born in Morrow County, OH, a daughter of the late Harry D. and Virginia “Jenny” (Murphy) Augenstein.  She graduated from Cardington-Lincoln High School, where she was valedictorian in the class of 1957.

Martha married Howard “Leroy” Wright in 1997.  They shared the last 22 years as husband and wife.

For more than 20 years, Martha worked in dietary at the Morrow County Hospital, from where she retired.  She was active for many years in the AMVETS Post 87 and VFW Post 8054 Ladies Auxiliary.

Martha loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.  She loved them all.  She liked dancing and playing Bingo.  She especially loved playing poker on Friday and Saturday nights with her friends and family including: Mary Ward, A.J. Ward, Linda Shaffer, Pam Simeone, Karen Linder, Brian Baker, Cathy Sherbourne and Becky Roberts.  She also liked to spend quiet evenings at home with her husband and beloved Chihuahua, Gizzy.

Martha will be remembered as a fun, down to earth woman with a wonderful sense of humor.

She will be missed by her husband, Howard “Leroy” Wright of Cardington; four children: Sharon Gullett of Mount Gilead, Pam (John) Simeone of Cardington, Marlie Somerlot of Mount Gilead, Monty Smith of Mount Gilead; nine grandchildren: Leiann (Kelly) Waddell, Fred (Tina) Yeager, Mandee Smith, Georgette Ball-Pritchard, Michael Ball, Harry Helms, Jessie Helms, Danny Helms, Lucas Smith; 22 great grandchildren: Alex, Steven, Connor, Carson, Kenneth, Dylan, Adam, Hannah, Makaela, Ashton, Riley, Aspyn, Leo, Abagail, Bryson, Aubrey, Justina, Zoey, Haleigh, Cameron, Domenic, Tobias; one great-great grandchild, Adyson; one brother, Bruce Augenstein of Mount Gilead; and three sisters: Karen Linder of Mount Gilead, Mary (Tom) Terry of Marion, and Vickie (Ron) Davidson of Caledonia.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her former husband and father of her children, Fred S. Smith; brothers and sister: Harry Augenstein Jr., Brian Augenstein, Woody Augenstein, Grover Augenstein, Jenny Helton; and her half-sister, Joann Clark.

Per Martha’s wishes, private family services will be held.  Burial will take place at Rivercliff Cemetery.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Martha’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting

  • I am so sorry to hear about Martha’s passing. I went to school with her from grades 1 thru 12. She was so quick witted and very friendly. She had one granddaughter who is married to one of my sons. May you rest in pease Martha.

  • My sympathy toall you kids and Leroy.Martha was a one of a kind lady,she never new a stranger. I was glad to call her my friend. She was fun to work with too. She will be missed by all.

  • Im so sorry for your loss. Im glad that I had the chance to meet her. She was a kind, loving woman with a huge heart. Sending prayers for you all and your family.

  • My heart goes out to all of Marthas family and friends…we have loss a good friend full of happiness and love for all. Great memories!

  • I worked at MCH for 26 years and remember Martha very well. Fun-loving lady. Great to be around. My heart goes out to the family.

  • So sad to hear, I enjoyed seeing her at the hospital in the dietary department when she did our senior meals. Such an enjoyable person. She was always so cheerful and witty. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • I had the pleasure of running into Martha not long ago in Walmart parking lot. We had a great little chat and I was so glad to see her. My condolences to her loved ones.

  • So sorry for your loss. Martha was so much fun to be around at MCH. She touched so many lives and she will be missed.

  • So very sorry to hear about Martha’s passing. I worked with her at MCH for many years before her retirement. She was a very special fun lady.

  • So sorry for your loss, Martha was a Wonderful Person an I enjoyed working with her at the Hospital. Prayers and comfort to all of you kids !

  • Saddened by this news. Martha was always so much fun.. I’m glad I had the chance to know her.

  • Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers be with the entire family. Martha was such a wonderful person and a great euchre player. Rest in peace in heaven.

  • so sorry for your loss I enjoyed working with her and going to see hear at her and Leroy’s trailer. I hadn’t seen her since I moved but always had fun when we went to bingo with her daughters.

  • I worked with Martha for many years at Morrow County, such a happy and fun loving person. Blessings to her family.

  • Pam ,Sharon, Marlie,and Monty..I am so sorry for your loss of your mom..She was a very wonderful kind and loving woman. I pray god give you all some peace and comfort during this time of you all like family..😪

  • I worked with Martha in dietary studies the hospital. I also went to school with some of her kids. Such a dear,sweet lady. Prayers to you all. Rhonda (Irons) Hayes

  • Leroy,
    Bob and I are so very sorry to hear Martha passed.
    Will keep you and Marth’s family in our prayers.
    If you need anything, please let us know.

  • We are so saddened to hear of her passing. Mom also didn’t know a few of your other family members have passed. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Get in touch sometime. Sincerely DeeDee and Shirley Partlow.

  • So sorry for your loss Sharon, Pam, Karlie an Monty. I pray that God gives you comfort in your time of need. I have great childhood memories with you all an our parents. You all are practical family.

  • So sorry for your loss! We remember Martha as always happy and fun loving. Don and I were classmates 1st thru 12th grades.
    Dori Schorr Coomer
    Don Coomer