Maria Lynn Riley, age 52, entered into eternal life on Friday, September 12, 2014 after battling an extended illness. She was born on July 5, 1962 to Shirley Riley (Anthony Fitzgerald) and the late Charles Riley. She was born in New York City and later moved with her family to Parkersburg, WV before finally settling into her home in Raleigh to be with her family.
Maria is a graduate of Parkersburg High School and later attended Marshall University in Huntington, WV. Maria was a beautiful young woman who modeled in her younger years and even won first runner up in the Miss Black America Pageant in the early 80s. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her loved ones.
Maria will always be remembered for her resilience despite the many life challenges and obstacles she faced. She fought a tough illness until the very end with her family and friends by her side.
Maria is survived by; two sons; Barry Atwell Riley of Tokyo, Japan (Nanae) and Cameron Riley of the home; her mother, Shirley Riley Fitzgerald and her step-father Anthony Fitzgerald of Clayton; two sisters, Elizabeth Riley Hargrove (Marc) of Raleigh and Chareen Riley Monk (Stanley) of Clayton. Just days before Maria departed this life, she was able to see her very first grandchild, Amir, who was born in Tokyo, Japan.
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Memorial Service, 11AM, Saturday, September 20, 2014, Steven L. Lyons Funeral Home, 1515 New Bern Avenue.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Passage Home P.O. Box 10347 Raleigh, NC 27605.
Steven L. Lyons F.H. (919)831-2596 www.stevenlyonsfuneralhome.com.