Remembering Liz Wright


Liz Wright began coming to Chautauqua about 14 years ago, at the encouragement of her sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Curt Ackley. At first she came for one week, which was what her budget allowed, but after the first visit, she was hooked! For the last 5 or 6 years, she got to stay for two weeks – still not enough, but better than one.

This was supposed to be the season that Liz would be at Chautauqua for most of the summer. She was going to be partnering with Curt Ackley as part of the “Partners in Grime”, cleaning the backstage of the opera house. Then came the pandemic and the cancelation of the season, and worse yet, Liz passed away from COVID 19 on June 27th.

Liz loved everything about Chautauqua, and especially the UCC family. While she stayed in both of our houses, her favorite accommodation was Room #2 in the Reformed Church House, where she could sit on the balcony and listen to the concerts in the Amp and observe passing humanity.

Liz made friends with everyone. Her beautiful smile and brightly colored wardrobe attracted people to her, and she was expert at welcoming newcomers and long-time friends. Some of us thought she would have made a wonderful host for RCH, if only she could find someone to share the position with.

Liz, we will miss you!


by Nancy Ackley