Family members remembered Radiance Wright and her four children this week for their warmth and the light they brought into the lives of those around them.
Wright was 30 years old when she and her four children — Rondrea Anderson, 7, Arleone Horton, 4, Patience Horton, 3, and 6-month-old Byra Brown — died in a car accident last Wednesday.
In summer 2017, Wright and her children came to Columbia to live with her father, Maurice Wright Jr.
He said his daughter was someone who "could make you mad and make you glad at the same time."
Her brother, Shaundale Coleman, said Wright was “the one person who could smile and brighten you up.”
Wright’s loved ones describe her as a hardworking, compassionate woman who wanted the best for her family. While juggling work in home health care and beauty supply and raising her four children, Wright was also attending school to become a medical assistant.
Lisa Ferrell, grandmother to Patience and Arleone, said Wright “would do anything to make her children’s lives better.”
Rondrea Anderson, Wright's oldest daughter, had an energetic spirit like her mother's, family members said. She loved playing with her baby dolls, siblings and “she loved life,” said her maternal grandmother Diane Merriweather.
Arleone Horton was a cheerful and adventurous young boy.
“He loved Paw Patrols, he loved playing cars and all boy stuff,” Merriweather said. “He was so happy.”
Patience Horton was an exuberant little diva who you could always hear coming by the clacking of her high-heeled shoes.
She was “always one to have her hair done,” Ferrell said, and she had “a smile that would melt anybody’s heart.”
Byra Brown was a delightful baby girl with a big appetite.
“She never ever cried unless she was hungry,” Merriweather said. “She loved watching her brother and sisters play.”
Family and friends said Wright and her children were loved by so many and will be greatly missed.
Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 23, at Parker-Millard Funeral Service on E. Ash Street. A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Friday with a homegoing service immediately after at James River Church West Campus in Springfield. Burial will follow at Eastlawn Cemetery in Springfield.