Jennie Annette Riley

April 16, 1984January 25, 2019
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Funeral Services for Jennie Annette Riley, 34, of Tyler are scheduled for 2:00 pm Thursday, January 31, 2019 in the chapel of Lloyd James Funeral Home. Burial will be in Cathedral in the Pines cemetery.

Jennie entered this earthly life on April 16, 1984, until her energy shifted to the next realm, on January 25, 2019.

Jennie was an Artist by nature, always a creative soul. A full time student, she previously attended UNT in Denton, Studying the fine arts, and was currently finishing her BFA at UT Tyler.

The love and memories of Jennie will be cherished and carried on through her husband Eliakim Juarez; Mother Susie Leon and husband Delbert Vaught; Father William Joseph Riley; Mother and Father-in-law Regine and Phillip Dewberry; Brother Uriel Juarez; Sister Levana Whistler and many loving Aunts; Nickie Murchison; Nancy and husband Rusty Hudson; Lisa and Husband Robert Lewis and Angela Leon. Jennie had a large Italian family, with many cousins, aunts and uncles who all loved her dearly.

Jennie was a Burning Star, that shone down on everyone, and gave them light when they needed it. Rest well Jennie, we love you.

The honor of Pallbearer will be fulfilled by William Joseph Riley, Eliakim Juarez, Uriel Juarez, Paul O'Neal, Joe Whistler and Phillip Dewberry.

The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 pm Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Lloyd James Funeral Home.


  • William Joseph Riley
  • Eliakim Juarez
  • Uriel Juarez
  • Paul O'Neal
  • Joe Whistler
  • Phillip Dewberry


  • Visitation Thursday, January 31, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 31, 2019
  • Burial Thursday, January 31, 2019

Jennie Annette Riley

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Teresa Smith

January 30, 2019

Jennie had an amazing smile that would light up a room. I met her in printmaking and she was talking about how to find an easier route to the Chick fil a on 110. As soon as I told her that she could take the route behind Super One, she was estatic. We then instantly became friends . Every time I would see her we would say hi to one another . Then one day I was dressing up for my initiation into Mary Kay. I ended up getting my clothes dirty and didn’t know how to hide it . I ended up bumping into her in the bathroom and she instantly went to get a lipstick (that I desperately needed ) and then helped me cover the part I got dirty on my clothes and helped me look fashionable . I have always appreciated her willing to drop what she was doing to help me look good ;) and be my moral support as I was so nervous . I believe she even made me put my hair down too. :) . She will truly be missed and be remembered by all of her fellow Art friends .

Kathy L. Murphy

January 29, 2019

I was deeply saddened by this delightful, enthusiastic fellow art student of mine as we had many of the same classes when I was an art student at The University of Texas in Texas. She was opinionated yet passionate about her beliefs and work. I will never forget her presentation on Coco Chanel during an art history presentation that she made as I hung on every word. She dressed for the presentation and I remember talking to her afterward about how proud I was of all her hard work. She really was something that day! She was glowing!

As an older student, she was always so kind to me, offering materials, she was so sweet. I really loved all the young people but she truly stood out as very vivacious and truly passionate about everything she was involved with and learning.

We also took Advanced Painting together and it was obvious she was truly searching for her place in the art world and on her way. But to all reading this, we will remember her and smile, she was a one of kind young woman. My thoughts right now for all her family, her boyfriend, and friends. We will surely miss her. Big love and hugs to all of you.

Elizabeth Lisot

January 29, 2019

I want to first say how sad I am that I won't be seeing Jennie again in class, hearing her laugh and also her intelligent and thoughtful questions and commentary. We will all miss Jennie at the art department at UTT. I wanted to share a link to a video of Jennie presenting a paper at the Art History Symposium in 2016. She wrote a paper on Coco Chanel and even wore a little black dress. Jennie had a lot of style! Sadly there was a problem recording the audio during her presentation, but I thought it might be nice for her family to see this: I am also including a photo of her on the trip we made to the Dallas Museum of Art on Nov. 1, 2018 to attend the French 18th Century Fete.
We all had a great time, including Jennie. I was happy that she felt good enough to attend.