Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home

40 MacArthur Blvd, Bourne, MA


MaryAnn Margaret Riley

January 24, 1931July 9, 2020

MaryAnn M. Riley, née Rattray, wife of Robert J. Riley for 64 years.

She is predeceased by daughters: Eileen Malone, Nancy Riley, and JoAnn Riley. She is survived by sons: Richard J. and his wife Stacey, and Roy J. Riley, 17 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, along with extended family in Scotland and Canada.

MaryAnn, known as Peg Riley, taught in the Bourne school systems over a span of 5 decades.

She was born in Wellfleet, MA to Alexander and Bessie Rattray in 1931. In her retirement, she and Bob wintered in Clearwater, FL and traveled all over the country.

MaryAnn graduated from Bridgewater Teachers College and never stopped learning, including earning 2 Master’s Degrees.

She was so proud of the circle of love that she and Bob started and that continues to grow today.

With STRICT adherence to COVID-19 health precautions and social distancing rules, family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday, July 15th from 3pm to 6pm at the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 40 MacArthur Blvd., Bourne, MA.


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    Wednesday, July 15, 2020


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Lisa Roderick (Merritt)

July 19, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Your mom was a good friend, fellow educator and neighbor of my mother, Rose Merritt. Mrs. Riley was also my 5th grade teacher in the Bourne Public School system.

jeanne downing-jacobs

July 18, 2020

Dear Bob, Richard and Roy. My thoughts and prayers are with you now, and in the months ahead as you greive the loss of your sweet mother and wife. I was a little girl when Peggy was everyones favorite teacher in Bourne.,and i meen, everyone! As an adult, no matter how many years had passed, each time i would see her she was just as nice and pleasant as always,, and she never aged at all. Our familes grew up together and enjoyed the great times we all had in 4H, and just hanging out in the neighborhood, and our parents shared a long friendship as well. Bob, i miss you walking through the neighborhood, so stop in soon, my garden is looking great this year. Please, keep the faith and talk about Peg and the girls often. Again, my sincere sympothy, Jeanne Downing, Mo Beach.

Richard Thrasher

July 17, 2020

Robert and Family
Judy and I are sorry for your loss. Time will heal. Hang in there.

Dick Thrasher

Claire Goode

July 17, 2020

So sorry to hear of Mrs. Riley’s passing. She was a very kind and gentle person. She loved her family and will be greatly missed.

Kathleen Sheehan

July 17, 2020

I still find myself wanting to address Peg as"Mrs. Riley," since she was my teacher in the Bourne school system. Always firm, yet kind, she was an outstanding teacher and took great care to prepare us for the challenges of life ahead. She was of the " No work, no pay" mentality, which pretty much sums up life and made me want to work hard to succeed in school. I think she took great pride in our accomplishments, and went home with a smile on her face most days. She is imprinted in my mind as a strong woman, always willing to help. Mrs. Riley remained an exemplary role model for us, and Bourne was fortunate to have her as OUR OWN. Blessings to her family.

Michelle Hyde Parsons

July 16, 2020

Dear Mr. Riley,
I was so saddened to hear about Mrs. Riley's illness and passing. The Riley family meant so much to me as a child. I spent many wonderful times listening to records in your basement with JoAnn and Eileen, and enjoying a dinner or two in your busy dining room.
I recall going to church at St. John's with you and the girls...and though I was young those experiences helped me more than you can know. I never had Mrs. Riley as a teacher, but I know she was an excellent educator. You and she created a beautiful family.
As you know, Eileen and I had reconnected a few years ago when my own mother passed. I'll cherish my conversations with her and the few times we were able to meet in person. I had been looking forward to spending more time with her and saying hello to you and Mrs. Riley.
Know that you are in my thoughts.

Theresa Gratis

July 15, 2020

May she RIP. She was a wonderful teacher and is fondly remembered by our family. She has left a great legacy of all the children in which she created a love of learning .God Bless all her family and friends. Sincerely,Theresa Gratis & Family

J Bill Henry

July 14, 2020

Bob, I am so sorry to hear about Peg[PEEG} We shared many laughs together in the classroom and outside of it.She was the 'ultimate role model as a teacher and a human being.She brought out the best in everyone she was with My daughter was very fortunate to have her as a teacher. They don't make them like Peg anymore. I keep thinking of something i once read. Our hearts are heavy but be THANKFUL and CELEBRATE Peg was once with us.
Love you ,Peg
Liz ,Bill ,Jane and Melissa Henry

Karen Doble

July 13, 2020

John and I are deeply saddened to hear of Mrs. Riley's passing. I had the privilege of working with her at the Stone school on the base. She was always very helpful and kind.
She was an outstanding teacher and a very helpful co-worker to a rookie teacher. She will be missed very much.
John and Karen Doble

Edgar Eldredge

July 12, 2020

Wonderful memories of being in her 5th grade class in that fantastic little school -Francis Stowell school.
I have wonderful memories of her class and of that time!
A wonderful person.
God speed to her family.


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