Leona P. Wright was born February 7, 1919 in Bressler, Pennsylvania, the only daughter of James Roy and Leila Ann Jackson Campbell. She had two brothers, Lt. Cornel William W. Campbell and Captain Thomas E. Campbell, both deceased. She was raised in Halifax Pennsylvania and her schooling was in the Dauphin County school system. She moved to “Philly,” PA and attended the Philadelphia School of Business; The Philadelphia School of Practical Nursing and the Philadelphia Bible College.
Leona married David H. Wright, who was drafted into the United States Army in 1942 and retired in 1970. Of this union was born two sons: Richard C. and David E. Wright Sr. She joined and worked in several churches and worked with the Chaplains. In addition, she taught Sunday school and worked with the Protestant youth and women of the chapel. She sang in various choirs both in the United States and abroad. In 1970 the Wrights returned to Trenton, NJ and joined Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Hightstown New jersey. They moved to Mount Holly, NJ in 1971 and joined the Second Baptist Church where Leona became very active in various ministries of the church to include: teaching the primary Sunday School class, a member and past present of the Missionary Circle. Sister Wright started the Wednesday Women’s Bible Study under the direction of the late Pastor M.D. Bobbitt in the med 90’s. This Bible study with it’s unique study process is still in effect today. She as a past president of the Burlington County Maude S. Walker Missionary Union, past member of the New Light Missionary Union, Past Financial Secretary of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Bethany Baptist Association, past nurse of Camp Cedar Knoll, and past teacher of Burlington County Child Evangelism Good News Club. She is also a member of the Mount Holly Art and Social Club, an affiliation of the National Colored Women’s Clubs, whose headquarters is in Washington, DC. And President and overseer of the Hollyettes, a Girls Club in Mount Holly.
Leona Wright was a maverick openly standing to social injustice.