Dolores "Dee" Stella Reilly
July 30, 1928 – April 12, 2018
On Thursday, April 12, 2018, Dolores Stella Reilly, known to her friends as “Dee,” passed away at the Tiffin House in Georgetown, Texas.
Born and raised in England, Dee was followed home from the British Underground (subway) by Ed Reilly Jr while he was serving in the US Army Air Corps, during World War II. Chocolates and stockings soon won over her grandmother Aurigo and within a year, Ed and Dee were married in a bombed out London church. Eighteen months later, Dee was aboard the first of two HMS Queen Mary sailings which brought only war brides to the States.
Always the adventurers, Ed & Dee chose to drive a Suburban from London, England and followed the oil pipe line into Dhahran, Saudi Arabia waving to the Romania soldiers from her porta potty as they passed through Eastern Europe. They would spend 32 years working in Saudi Arabia before retiring to Round Rock, Texas. Here, Dee spent many years as a teacher volunteer at Deepwood Elementary School.
After married to the love of her life for 52 years, Ed preceded Dee in death. Now, she leaves behind her family including brother, Michael Adams and his wife Lettie of Orlando, Florida, and sister, Anne Harris and her husband Harry of San Antonio, Texas. Ed and Dee had two children, Ed Reilly III and his wife Mary, formally of Round Rock, Texas, and Kathleen Garnett and her husband Greg of Liberty Hill, Texas, who all in their great sadness will never forget her. Dee will also be lovingly remembered by her four grandchildren, Sean Reilly, Anna Bergeron, Chris Garnett, and Gretchen Davis, along with six great grandchildren.
Although she will be greatly missed, her family will also have tears of laughter from the countless hilarious memories she has given them. Reading was her passion, spirited debate about anything, a zest for life and gift of gab. She led a remarkable life here on this Earth and is now undoubtedly causing some havoc in heaven.
A celebration of Dee’s life will be forthcoming in the following months once the entire family can be together.
Arrangements by Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas 78628 (512)863-2564.
Dolores "Dee" Stella Reilly
June 8, 2018
I had the privilege and honor to know and work for Dee as the Enrichment Coordinator when she resided at Parkwood Meadows in Round Rock, Texas.
She was an exceptional person who had an incredible personality and was full of life and energy.
She loved helping the staff set tables after dinner, she participated in various activities and was amazing at Bean Bag Baseball (even though she couldn’t see).
She also loved walking and music.
She was a fountain of information when it came to history too. We had so many lovely talks about her time in Saudia Arabia and she would get quite animated talking about politics.
To top it all off, she was a tremendous role model for all of the young people that came to visit and she adored the high school students who came to entertain on Saturday mornings. She would get so upset that more residents didn’t participate.
I think of Dee often and will remember her fondly. She always told me, “Erica, growing old is not for sissies!” She was absolutely correct. Dee you will be sorely missed and always loved!
May 12, 2018
Dee was our neighbor on Oakridge Drive in Round Rock for many years. She and Ed came over to introduce themselves shortly after we moved in back in July 1989. They were a constant joy in our lives and showed love to our children always. They came to our kids' parties and championed their accomplishments. Many times Chris (my husband) and Dee would get into a "lively" discussion about anything. And if they had different opinions, it was entertaining to listen. One of my favorite memories was when our four kids were little, we often had large gifts at Christmas time that "Santa" was going to have a hard time hiding, like bicycles, trampoline, etc. Dee invited us to hide the gift at her house. Then, on Christmas Eve, Chris went over to pick up the gift...and he never came back. I was at home getting everything else ready. Turns out Dee offered to make Chris an eggnog. And then they sat and visited for awhile. He told me later that there was mostly brandy in the glass with just a little bit of eggnog. He said he almost couldn't walk back across the street! And it became a tradition every year to hide a gift at Dee's house, and then make the eggnog pickup visit on Christmas Eve. The last few years I went along, also. Dee was a joy to our family, and we are so fortunate to have known her. We just learned of her death today, and it has broken our hearts. She will be forever loved by our family!