Posted by : June 5, 2014| On :
Riley was born Jan. 30, 1941, in Tyler, to Lois and Leroy Jennings, and died May 13, 2014, at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.
She graduated from Tyler High School in 1958 and Stephen F. Austin State College in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree and certificate in elementary education.
She retired from teaching in 2000 after serving more than 31 years in elementary education. During that time, she served in the Mabank Independent School District at Central Elementary and Lakeview Elementary schools.
She married “the love of her life,” Rev. Royce W. Riley, June 28, 1958. They went on to have three children and celebrated the births of five grandchildren before his death on Nov. 4, 2009. Their sixth grandchild was born in 2011.
She lived in the Cedar Creek Lake Area since 1990.
She was active in the First United Methodist Church in Mabank and was a member of numerous groups and clubs within the church and the community.
She enjoyed community service activities, local mission work, sewing, water aerobics and spending time with her grandchildren and friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband.
Survivors include her sons, Chip and wife Kristy of Justin and Chuck and wife Tricia of Kemp; daughter Amy and husband Les of Conroe; grandchildren Catie, Renee and husband Gary, Cotton, Kendall, Callie and Lila; several nieces and nephews; numerous family, church family and friends.
Her spirit and love of life will be missed but never forgotten. Her joyous laugh will always fill our ears and warm our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church in Mabank or www.bethematch.org.