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Mother Thelma Odessa Wright says she prefers to talk about tomorrow. To plan ahead. But, as she marks her 100th birthday, she's enjoying a look back at her lifetime of loving, caring and giving. Perusing through a table full of pictures and mementos, Wright declared: "Oh, but I love to look through these and talk about them."

With each picture, poster or plaque, there was a special memory for Mother Wright, the woman her friends call "one of God's generals." Born in poverty in North Carolina, this granddaughter of slaves was raised in Steelton and Harrisburg. She is the middle child of five from parents of deep faith and optimism.

"They were people that always thought, it's going to be better," said Wright, recalling her parents' outlook on life.

It was from that background, that Mother Wright chose a life of serving God through prayer and deeds. It was a commitment that led her to organize the Society of Volunteer Women Ministries. 42 years later, her ministry continues a legacy of patient care in area hospitals, financial support for area charities, scholarships for needy students and visits to area prisons. Visits that Mother Wright continues to this day.

"I wanted a chance to go into the prison to help. To encourage," said Wright.

Five years ago, when Pastor Asuquo Effiong was inspired to open his own ministry, Shekinah Glory Church of God in Christ, he turned to Mother Wright for guidance. He is among many not surprised that she continues her mission at 100 years old.

"I am not surprised because I have known her a long time," said Pastor Effiong. "And I can pretty much predict that this is what's she's going to do. When she sets her mind to do anything, she will do it."

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