Donna Coleen Riley, 82, of Maryville, Mo.

Donna Coleen Riley, 82, of Maryville, MO, passed from this life on Friday, December 15, 2017, at the Parkdale Manor Nursing Home, Maryville, with her family at her side.

Posted: Dec 19, 2017 10:24 AM

Donna Coleen Riley, 82, of Maryville, MO, passed from this life on Friday, December 15, 2017, at the Parkdale Manor Nursing Home, Maryville, with her family at her side.

Donna was born near Gentry, MO, on July 3, 1935. She had resided for most of her life in the area. She had spent 2 years in Louisiana while Drexel was in the Army, and they had wintered in Mission Texas for over 30 years.

Her parents were Lester Martin and Aulta Gondola (Smith) Wilkinson, Sr. They preceded her in death. She was also preceded by an infant sister, Betty Jean, her son, Gareld Riley, in 2012, her sisters, Mary Midyett, and Carol Jean Palmer, and her brother, Lester, Jr.

Donna graduated in 1953 from Parnell High School, Parnell, MO. She was a homemaker and had helped Drexel with all the farm chores and had kept the books for the farm. She loved to garden and canning. Her family was very important to her, she liked big Sunday dinners and gatherings. She doted on her grandchildren.

On February 8, 1953, Donna was united in marriage to Drexel Duane Riley, at Camp Polk, LA. He survives of the home.

She is also survived by her 3 daughters, Connie (Danny) Cline, Pickering, MO, Judy (Tim) Norris, Braddyville, IA, and Sally (David) Palmer, Bolckow, MO; her daughter in law, Vicki Riley, Hopkins, MO; 2 sisters, Beverly Walker, and Shirley Downing, both of Maryville; 11 grandchildren, Adam (Vivian) Riley, Kathy (John) Brown, Jennifer (Dave) Riedel, Matthew (Cari) Cline, Brad (Keely) Cline, Michael (Lori) Norris, Chad (Mellissa) Norris, Brian (Ethera) Norris, Angela (Aaron) Lane, Brandon (Kelby) Palmer, and Nathan Palmer; 29 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM, Monday, December 18, 2017, at the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville, MO. The burial will follow in the Nodaway Memorial Gardens, Maryville.

The family will receive friends from 4-6:00 PM, Sunday, December 17, 2017, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the SSM Hospice, Maryville, MO, or the Long Branch Cemetery of Gaynor, MO, and can be sent to the funeral home.

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