Virginia E. Riley

Virginia E. Riley, 93, of Middlebury, died at 7:40 am on Wednesday,
March 4, 2015 at IU Health Hospital, Goshen. She was born on October
21, 1921 in Dundee Township, Monroe County, MI. to Alfred and Jennie  
(Hoagland) Haystead.  On March 15, 1943 in Bakersfield, CA. she
married Walter L. Riley, he survives. Survivors in addition to her
husband are son, James (Judy) Riley of Northport, AL; two daughters,
Janet (J.D.) VanderMeer of Middlebury, Mary Gordon of Cumming, GA;
six grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death
by her parents and a sister, Helen Gunder. Virginia lived in Lansing, MI.
from 1946 to October 2012 where she was a member of Pennway
Church of God. She had worked as a secretary both in a church and for
American Furnace Foundry Company of Milan, MI. She enjoyed crewel
work, completing crossword puzzles and square dancing with her
husband. She was known for making the best chocolate brownies.
Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until the 2:00 pm funeral service on
Friday, March 6, 2015 at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main
Street Middlebury, IN. Services will be conducted by Greencroft
Chaplain Everett Thomas. The family will hold private graveside
services on Saturday at Michigan Memorial Park Cemetery, Flat Rock,
MI. Memorials may be given to the church or non-profit of the donor’s

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Our prayers and thoughts are with each of you during this sad time. We
pray that the Lord will bless you and that you will find comfort in Him
From: Terry and Gail Gosa
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Dear Riley family,
Please accept my deep regrets for your loss, for this enemy death is our
worst enemy and always brings much grief and pain and it's at this time
I'd like to share the comfort and hope I received when this enemy took
my entire family. I found this comfort and hope in what Jehovah Gods
word the Bible says at John 5:28,29 for there Jesus tells us we'll see our
love ones again because he's bringing them back in the resurrection
and we're also told at Isaiah 25:8 this enemy death will be swallowed up
forever and I also found much comfort and encouragement at the
website and I'm truly hoping this will help you also in some way,
for this helps me get through each day and my purpose in sharing this
with you is to help you at this painful time even though we don't know
each other and please know that I do share your grief. Sincerely, GM
From: Gloria Mosley
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I'm so thankful that I got to meet Mrs. Riley! Such a nice, sweet, and fun
lady! I pray that God's peace, comfort, and grace will be with all her
family and friends through this difficult time!
From: Randy Pennington
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I was just looking at pictures my brother Bob gave me of my parents.  
There were several of our parents together.  I am so thankful they were
such good friends.  I will always appreciate how your mom and dad
remained so close to my mom after my dad died.  I am so sorry for your
From: Tonja Silky Tarry
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JD and Janet - Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your
family. We have such a sweet memory of your mom and dad attending
the "Gaither Night" at our church. We will never forget the smile on
Virginia's face as we stood and sang "The King Is Coming!" How
precious that this very special Child of God is now with her Lord and
Savior!  Sending all the love in our hearts to you!
From: Dan and Carla Oplinger
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Our prayer today is that you will be blessed with peace, comfort and
love during your time of loss.
From:  Ronnie and Jeanette Brown
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Our prayers and thoughts are with you in this very difficult time.
Our prayer is that God will comfort and bring strength to each one of
you. As stated in
Psalms 46:1-2 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-
present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give
way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. As He promised, He
will do:   
Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain
you; he will never let the righteous fall.   
John 14:1-4 Let not your hearts
be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Fathers house are
many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare
a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come
again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And
you know the way to where I am going.
From:  Don & Sue Myres