Norma Jean Riley
December 29, 1928 – November 27, 2018
Norma Jean Riley, 89 of East Peoria, passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at Rosewood Care Center in East Peoria. Born December 29, 1928 in Peoria, IL to Harvey and Mary (Goble) Kreps; she married John Riley on October 1, 1950 in Sunnyland. He survives. Also surviving are her children, Debra (Chuck) Morgan and Suzan Riley, all of East Peoria; three grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents; two sisters, Lucille and Lillian; and her brother, Harvey. Jean was a kind and giving woman; sharing of her time and talent to enrich the lives of others through teaching Sunday and Bible School, providing a dish of food to bereaved neighbors, crafting with seniors in nursing homes, playing games and socializing, square dancing and clogging with John or her annual shopping trip with Debbie to the flea markets of Shipshewana, IN. She was a member and Elder of the East Peoria Mennonite Church where funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Friday, November 30, 2018 with visitation one hour prior to the service. Pastor Kim Litwiller will officiate. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memory Gardens in rural Morton. Memorials are suggested to her church.
- Harvey Kreps, Father
- Mary (Goble) Kreps, Mother
- John Riley, Husband
- Debra (Chuck) Morgan, Children
- Suzan Riley, Children
- ~ Three ~, Grandchildren
- ~ Seven ~, Great Grandchildren
- ~ Three ~, Great Great Grandchildren
- Preceding her in death were her parents; two sisters, Lucille and Lillian; and her brother, Harvey
East Peoria Mennonite Church
125 N Norwood Pl, East Peoria, Illinois
- Visitation Friday, November 30, 2018
- Funeral Service Friday, November 30, 2018
Norma Jean Riley
December 18, 2018
I grew up across the street from the Riley's and always adored them. When mom told me today the Christmas card arrived from John and Suzan...I was heartbroken (selfishly) to learn Jean went on home. :(
We moved to Groveland when my brother came along, which means I only had about 5 years living across the street from Jean (& John)...but she left an indelible impact on me and remains in my favorite people stack! She, made our cool birthday cakes when we were little and I'd run across the street anytime I was allowed. There was always something interesting going on in the snack category at their house. I also remember her showing me her cake tips and how to squeeze it just so to get what you wanted. (I was a chief frosting tester on an occasion or two but to date I have never matched her decorating skill.)
Our families kept in sporadic touch through the years, celebrating events like graduations and whatnot. But despite not having chatted with Jean in far too many years...she was always close to my heart. She lives in the 'special memories' category when life was easy and carefree.
Jean (& John) Thank you for investing your time, love & energy in a scrawny kid who just happened to live across the street for a stint. My apologies I was probably more like Dennis the Menace than Pollyanna. But I'm thankful to have had your influence in my life. You were always so grace filled.
I love you, Jean and am so thankful we'll see each other again on the other side. Rest well!
Prayers for the family as you navigate this season and on without her spunk!
Love You-Holly Virden
November 29, 2018
Jean Riley was the best grandma anyone could ever ask for. She never treated anyone like a stranger. I think she was one of the kindest women ever. I used to love going camping with them. Whenever grandpa would take Stacy out fishing grandma would take me for a walk up the road to the pig farm and we would talk about anything and everything. I would give anything to be able to take one more walk with her but one would never be enough. I am so thankful that she taught me to paint ceramics. I loved sitting down with her and painting for hours. That's one thing that she gave to me that I will always have to remember her by. There's so many stories that I could tell of my grandma but if I did this would never end. You cannot fit all the greatness of this woman into just one story. I will always love you grandma and keep you close to my heart.
November 28, 2018
This is the most extraordinary woman I have ever been blessed enough to know. My grandmother. She taught me love, faith, forgiveness, and how to live through my heart. She helped to shape me and make me the woman I am today. I am so thankful to have gotten to spend these 23 short years with you on earth, but Iknow In my heart you are forever my angel. I wish I could watch Annie with you and decorate Christmas cookies one more time. I will forever cherish our time together and share your traditions with my family and kids in the future. This is not goodbye, it’s see you later. Until we meet again, my love for you is forever strong and with the memories we’ve shared together my heart is forever full ❤️
November 27, 2018
You were the sweetest person I ever met. You took care of me when I was sick. You'd rock me to sleep in your arms. You gave to so many people expecting nothing in return. You taught me so much. I love you forever my beautiful great grandma.