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Memorial Funeral Chapel

1515 South College Ave, Bryan, TX

OBITUARY

Deborah "Debbi" Angonia Riley

January 17, 1951January 6, 2020
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Deborah “Debbi” Angonia Riley, loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on January 6, 2020.

Debbi was born on January 17, 1951 in Bryan, Texas to Don and Barbara Angonia.

She attended Bryan schools and went on to graduate from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1969. While in school, Debbi was involved in 4H showing steers and in high school, she was a captain of the drill team. After graduation, she married Shawn Riley and moved to Belgium while Shawn served in the service. Upon arriving back to Bryan, Debbi worked at Texas A&M University and then became a Real Estate agent. After a few years, Debbi opened Shala’s with her brother Donnie, a women’s clothing store. She loved fashion and helping style others. Later in life, Debbi worked for St. Joseph Hospital, BVCAA and BetaMed. Recently, after undergoing cancer treatment, Debbi was able to be at home with her family.

Debbi was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. She served on the Altar Society and was a CCD teacher as her children went through the program. She was also a sustaining member of the BCS Junior League.

Debbi enjoyed fashion, decorating, girl trips to the lake, music and dancing. Most of all, Debbi loved spending time with friends and family. Her family came first in everything she did. She loved watching her grandkids play their sports or teaching them how to make Italian ring cookies. Debbi also loved watching the Aggies play football and the Astros play baseball. She never met a stranger. She was selfless when it came to others and had the biggest heart.

Debbi is preceded in death by her father, Don Angonia.

She is survived by her mother, Barbara Angonia; husband, Shawn Riley; daughters, Kimberly Lightsey and Jill Pippin; son-in-law, Joel Lightsey; grandchildren, Jake and Matthew Lightsey, Dylan and Wil Pippin; brothers, Donnie and Eric Angonia; sister-in-laws, Terri and Deanne Angonia; and loving nephews, nieces and numerous friends.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Jake and Matthew Lightsey, Dylan and Wil Pippin, Dominic Angonia, Cullen Angonia, Robert and John Lynd.

The family would like to thank the care provided to Debbi from Dr. Erin Fleener and the staff at Brazos Valley Hospice.

Visitation will be Friday, January 10, 2020 from 5 to 7 PM with a Rosary to follow at 7 PM atMemorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan, Texas. Celebration of Life and Mass will be Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 11 AM at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Bryan, Texas.

In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations in memory of Deborah Riley to Hospice Brazos Valley at 502 W. 26th St. Bryan, TX 77803.

Services

  • VISITATION Friday, January 10, 2020
  • ROSARY Friday, January 10, 2020
  • FUNERAL MASS Saturday, January 11, 2020

Memories

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Marianne Ruffino

January 17, 2020

I am so sorry I wasn’t able to attend anything for Debbie. She was in my prayers every day. I prayed for a peaceful death for her. I loved her in all her cuteness. So bubbly and vibrant. God bless all of you.

Debbie HOLLADAY

January 14, 2020

May the memories of the laughter and love you shared bring you peace now and always. Hugs and Prayers for today and in the months to come.
Ben & Debbie Holladay

Alvis Williams

January 11, 2020

Sorry not being there in person but so very sorry about Debbi's passing. I'll never forget how caring and compassionate Debbi was when my dad was in his last days there at St Joseph's Hospital. Always hospitable and a "get it done" attitude. I also remember
her at one of Donnie's concerts at the Bryan Lake when her dad was there and I think it was shortly before her dad passed away. She was such a gracious hostess. The Angonia family is so special.
Barbara, I cannot imagine losing a child (at any age) but I know this, you know the risen Savior and He is the One who provides peace and comfort in the midst of the storm. May God bless you all !!!

Sherry Burke

January 9, 2020

I remember Debbi from a long time back. Her laughter and spontaneity was infectious. Wow fun times at parties. I know she was very loved and will be greatly missed.

Johnny and Sherry Burke

Deby Perrone

January 9, 2020

Debbi , was my very first friend in Bryan. My husband Mike was born and raised here and actually road the school bus with Debbi. Her parents Don and Barbara where good friends and lived just down the road from my in laws the late Mike Perrone and his wife Mary.
Debbi and I met while pouring a glass of pink champagne from a champagne fountain at a big Italian wedding. We struck up a conversation that night , that has lasted over 48 years.
I will miss Debbi and all our long talks, fabulous meals, trips, dancing, laughing playing cards , swimming and even crying together.
Shawn, Kim and Jill our hearts break for you and your families. Keep her memory alive . Be kind to one another.
Mike and I will cherish the time we shared with her and Shawn❣️
I'm including a picture of our "crew" we did everything together. We will all miss our Debbi.
RIP my dear friend until we meet again.
Deby and Mike Perrone

Kathy McDonough

January 9, 2020

Debbie was a classmate that I graduated with. I always admired her, even though so petite, she handled everything in a big way. She seemed to be able to accomplish what she set her heart on doing.
I have lots of memories from the summer before our Freshman year of college when we did so much together. I came to know & love her as a close friend during that time. I will always think of her as one of my hometown friends & will miss her not being there. Continue prayers for comfort & peace for Shawn, the girls, & the family members she has left behind. RIP sweet Debbie.

Sherry Piper

January 8, 2020

Debbi was a delightful friend and a pleasure to work with. She was cheerful and had such a positive outlook. We were able to work several health fairs together and she alway made them more fun. Many prayers for her family during this time. I know Debbi is enjoying heaven in the Arms of her Lord and Savior. We will meet again. 🙏🏻

Darlene Moffatt Wager

January 8, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Did not Debbie that well but knew her brother. Anytime I was around her she was always sweet and friendly.

Suzanne Krupa

January 8, 2020

Our dear Shawn, Kim and Jill, and all her loved ones ❤️
We are sending love and prayers for you all and you beautiful families❤️🙏
Debbi always made you feel so welcome an so loved and always had that beautiful smile . What an amazing daughter , wife, mom, grandmother , sister and aunt she is and will always be watching over you all always and forever❤️🙏❤️
Love you all,
Robert and Suzanne

Valerie Cangelosi

January 8, 2020

I love you and will miss your sweet smile and loving personality that shined so bright. Rest In Peace Aunt Debbie.

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Biography

Deborah “Debbi” Angonia Riley, loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on January 6, 2020.

Debbi was born on January 17, 1951 in Bryan, Texas to Don and Barbara Angonia.

She attended Bryan schools and went on to graduate from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1969. While in school, Debbi was involved in 4H showing steers and in high school, she was a captain of the drill team. After graduation, she married Shawn Riley and moved to Belgium while Shawn served in the service. Upon arriving back to Bryan, Debbi worked at Texas A&M University and then became a Real Estate agent. After a few years, Debbi opened Shala’s with her brother Donnie, a women’s clothing store. She loved fashion and helping style others. Later in life, Debbi worked for St. Joseph Hospital, BVCAA and BetaMed. Recently, after undergoing cancer treatment, Debbi was able to be at home with her family.

Debbi was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. She served on the Altar Society and was a CCD teacher as her children went through the program. She was also a sustaining member of the BCS Junior League.

Debbi enjoyed fashion, decorating, girl trips to the lake, music and dancing. Most of all, Debbi loved spending time with friends and family. Her family came first in everything she did. She loved watching her grandkids play their sports or teaching them how to make Italian ring cookies. Debbi also loved watching the Aggies play football and the Astros play baseball. She never met a stranger. She was selfless when it came to others and had the biggest heart.

Debbi is preceded in death by her father, Don Angonia.

She is survived by her mother, Barbara Angonia; husband, Shawn Riley; daughters, Kimberly Lightsey and Jill Pippin; son-in-law, Joel Lightsey; grandchildren, Jake and Matthew Lightsey, Dylan and Wil Pippin; brothers, Donnie and Eric Angonia; sister-in-laws, Terri and Deanne Angonia; and loving nephews, nieces and numerous friends.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Jake and Matthew Lightsey, Dylan and Wil Pippin, Dominic Angonia, Cullen Angonia, Robert and John Lynd.

The family would like to thank the care provided to Debbi from Dr. Erin Fleener and the staff at Brazos Valley Hospice.

Visitation will be Friday, January 10, 2020 from 5 to 7 PM with a Rosary to follow at 7 PM atMemorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan, Texas. Celebration of Life and Mass will be Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 11 AM at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Bryan, Texas.

In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations in memory of Deborah Riley to Hospice Brazos Valley at 502 W. 26th St. Bryan, TX 77803.