Mary Louise Riley, 94, passed away Sunday, January 30, 2022, at Hillview Community Living Center in Dresden, Tennessee. Funeral services were held Friday, February 4, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Williams Funeral Home in Greenfield. Burial followed in Rutherford City Cemetery in Rutherford. Brother Wayne Perkins officiated the service. Mary is survived by her son, James Crocker, of Texas; three daughters, Sue Belnap of Mississippi, Beverly Savage of Arizona, and Vicki Littrell of Florida; and three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Born and raised in and around Trimble, Tennessee, Mary loved Tennessee. Mary moved to Chicago in the mid 40’s. Raising her four children. She had many different careers and worked very hard to support her family whom she loved dearly.
In Chicago, after the children were grown, Mary met Pete Riley and they retired to Dresden, Tennessee, in 1988. They joined the Bethlehem Baptist Church and made many friends, including James and Fay Harrison, who treated Mary like she was their own Mother.
Many happy years together, Pete and Mary enjoyed everything Tennessee has to offer. They loved to just get in the car, hit the back roads exploring wherever the road took them, she always made sure they had a full tank of gas. Mary was a great cook and loved to cook for anyone. She did not care how many showed up as there was always plenty for everyone and enough to take home for later.
Pete and Mary loved to travel and took many long car trips with Cousin Billy. Visiting sister, Wanda Fay Contes and family, in Arizona, son James in Texas, daughter Beverly, then in Nevada, daughter Vicki and grandson, Max and wife Destiny in Florida, grandson Joe and wife Monica and great grandson, Gavin in Missouri, and granddaughter Dawn and Jeff Holbrook and family in Mississippi. They also took many trips to Chicago to visit many loved cousins and life long friends.
Mom, Grandma, Aunt, cousin and friend, we will miss you but we will remember and keep you in our hearts always. Thanks for your love, Mom.
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