Linda L. Riley

August 6, 1944June 24, 2018

Linda Lou Riley, 73, was called to join the Lord, on Sunday, June 24, 2018. She was born in Gibson County, Indiana on August 6, 1944, to her late parents, Rev. James and Audrey (Dixon) Burch. Linda was a life-long musician, vocalist, teacher, and follower of Christ. After only knowing each other for about a year, Linda married Gilbert Q. Riley, June 19, 1965, while still in college. They couldn’t wait any longer to begin their lives together. Linda finished her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, from Oakland City University in 1967, and began teaching at West Elementary School in Mt Vernon, IN, while Gil was serving in Vietnam, with the United States Army. During his military career, Gil took Linda and their two children, on an adventure of a lifetime, traveling across the United States and the world, to places like Hawaii, Italy, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, and France. Throughout the course of her travels, and life, Linda went on to direct various choir and band ensembles, teach private piano and voice lessons, spread the word of the Lord, and help distribute Bibles to areas in need. Linda moved to Florida with her family in 1987 and was a member of New Covenant Church, in Winter Springs, ever since. Linda was preceded in death by her mother and father, and is survived by her husband of 53 years, Gilbert, her two children, Rebecca Bissett and Jon Riley, her grandchildren, Heather Bissett and Sarah Katsov, her step-sister, Betty Layton, and many other loved family members. A visitation will be held Friday, June 29 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., at Baldwin Fairchild Goldenrod – 7520 Aloma Ave. Winter Park, FL 32792. A funeral service will be held 9 a.m. Saturday, June 30 at New Covenant Church - 800 Tuskawilla Rd, Winter Springs, FL 32708. Linda’s final resting place will be at Highland Memory Gardens, in Apopka, FL. Her burial will commence at 2pm, June 30.


  • Gilbert Riley, Husband
  • Rebecca Bissett, Daughter
  • Jon Riley, Son
  • Heather Bissett, Granddaughter
  • Sarah Katsov, Granddaughter
  • Betty Layton, Step-sister


  • Visitation Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Visitation Saturday, June 30, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 30, 2018
  • Reception Saturday, June 30, 2018
  • Committal Service Saturday, June 30, 2018

Linda L. Riley

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Teri Lawrence

July 17, 2018

You could never NOT be consumed by her warm and welcoming smile. Linda, was the grandest of example of thriving above life's circumstances. Even though, in her latter years, she was no longer able to speakin the understandable tongues of man, she sang "happy birthday" to me in good pitch and clear words; what a glorious a memory she gave to me to keep. She had so much love for her family and she would glow at the very mention of any of any of them, and the sparkle in her eye was illuminating. She will be missed.

Jackie VonEsh

July 7, 2018

Linda Lou Riley was a blessing to anyone who met her. I know this because I met her a few times, and we joined her and Gil at church one time. Usually, I saw her when she could join Gil for a shopping trip to Walmart, where I worked for a time as the overnight cashier. One time, I even came across them at Sam's Club. Linda was always smiling and clearly full of the joy that comes from knowing the Lord -- and sharing it. I enjoyed reading the memories of cousin Lowell Burch, and I'm sure Linda's church community as well as students and church families of the past have many more stories to share, for her legacy is great. We know she rests now in the arms of the Lord, and I suspect she's singing along while playing some musical praises. My heart goes out to Gil, who always spoke lovingly of his beautiful bride.

Jackie VonEsh

July 5, 2018

Oh, my, what a blessing Linda was to everyone who knew her, even just barely. I know this, because I really didn't spend a lot of time with Linda, but she was always smiling whenever I saw her. My job as overnight Walmart cashier for a few years gave me the chance to get to know Gil, who always spoke so lovingly of his "bride" and, occasionally, I'd happen to find them together at the store . . . or at Sam's, where we all also shopped. Linda's beautiful countenance reflected her joy in life, she was always eager to communicate and share her joy. Anyone who knows her story is aware that her faith was firm, and she was a blessing to her family and certainly to her church community. We know Linda Lou is resting in the arms of the Lord and, we can easily believe, singing along while playing beautiful music of praise.

Lowell Burch

June 28, 2018

Linda, was a very special person and cousin to me. We grew up the grand children of a minister, and both our fathers were also ministers. I remember once when Linda was a very young teen ager, she made the statement that when she grew up, she would not ever, ever marry a minister. Well seemed that later on in college she dated mostly ministerial students. And low and behold, look at who she married. Gilbert Q. Riley, a minister, and a career chaplan a very good choice for her, and our Family.
She is in Gods hand now, and I know he will take care of her. R. I. P.

Love you Linda Always, I will miss you! Lowell W. Burch