OBITUARY

Lucille Riley Swithers

April 15, 1926September 8, 2019

Lucille Riley Swithers, 93 of Tampa, FL passed away on Sunday, September 8th, 2019. She was born in Mebane, NC in April 15th, 1926, and moved from Durham, NC to Tampa, FL in 1955. She has been a member of Palma Ceia United Methodist Church in Tampa, FL for 64 years. She was preceded in death by her beloved husbands, Paul A. Riley, Sr., to whom she was married for 45 years, and Robert A. Swithers, for 13 and a half years. She is survived by her son, Paul A. Riley, Jr. and wife, Susan, of Tampa, FL; a daughter, Bonnie Riley Rogers and husband, Robin, of Murphy NC; two grandsons, Lon Riley of Youngsville, LA, and Cade Riley of Tampa, FL; two granddaughters, Rachel Perry, of Rapidan, VA, and Jessica Riley of Tampa, FL; one great grandson, Keegan Riley of Youngsville, LA; one brother, Joe Sykes of Kiawah Island, SC; three sisters, Frances Grinstead of Snow Camp, NC, Flora Tate of Graham, NC, and Joan Mayes of Princeton, NC; three stepsons, Robert A. Swithers, Jr. and Richard A. Swithers of Sarasota, FL and Brian Swithers of Kingston, NY; and one stepdaughter, Debra A. Werner of Rosendale, NY. Lucille worked at Tampa Bay Bank (now Sun Trust Bank) as Assistant Vice President and Auditor from 1960 until 1972. During her banking career her hobby was gardening. She had a greenhouse in the back of her home and worked many nights potting and re-planting orchids and other unusual tropical plants. She often said that after working all day at the bank gardening helped her to relax and unwind. She took many courses in horticulture and received numerous certificates and plaques. When Lucille retired from the bank in 1972 she opened a plant rental show room in a building she owned on South Westshore Blvd. She specialized in live tropical plants conditioned and acclimated for interioscaping for commercial businesses, offices and homes. The name of the business was “RENT-A-PLANT, INC.” Rental plants were all cared for by Lucille and her staff. She was a member of the Florida Nurserymen and Growers Association, held office as Chapter Secretary, and was given a plaque for being the most outstanding secretary in the state. She graduated from a floral design school in 1977 and expanded her business to include a florist section. Lucille sold her business in 1987 and retired. She was a member of the Tampa Federation of Garden Clubs since 1956. She was a member of the Calliandra Garden Circle and a past member of Ikebana International Chapter 65. Visitation will be at Palma Ceia United Methodist Church at 3723 W. Bay to Bay Blvd, Tampa, FL, 33629 on Thursday September 12th, 2019 from 12:30-1:30 pm. The funeral service will take place immediately following visitation at 1:30 pm. Internment to follow at Garden of Memories, 4207 East Lake Ave. Tampa, FL, 33610. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Palma Ceia United Methodist Church or Lifepath Hospice of Tampa.

  • FAMILY

  • She was preceded in death by her beloved husbands, Paul A. Riley, Sr., to whom she was married for 45 years, and Robert A. Swithers, for 13 and a half years.
    She is survived by her son, Paul A. Riley, Jr. and wife, Susan, of Tampa, FL; a daughter, Bonnie Riley Rogers and husband, Robin, of Murphy NC; two grandsons, Lon Riley of Youngsville, LA, and Cade Riley of Tampa, FL; two granddaughters, Rachel Perry, of Rapidan, VA, and Jessica Riley of Tampa, FL; one great grandson, Keegan Riley of Youngsville, LA; one brother, Joe Sykes of Kiawah Island, SC; three sisters, Frances Grinstead of Snow Camp, NC, Flora Tate of Graham, NC, and Joan Mayes of Princeton, NC; three stepsons, Robert A. Swithers, Jr. and Richard A. Swithers of Sarasota, FL and Brian Swithers of Kingston, NY; and one stepdaughter, Debra A. Werner of Rosendale, NY.
  • DONATIONS

  • Palma Ceia United Methodist Church
  • Lifepath Hospice of Tampa

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 12, 2019

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