Lela May Riley, daughter of the late Evan and Faye (Presser) Coatney, was born on August 29, 1937 in Willow Springs, Missouri, and departed this life on Tuesday, September 1, 2009, in St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, following a short illness. She was 72 years of age.
Lela grew up and attended school in the Willow Springs area.
She was united in marriage to Jerry Calvin Riley on September 16, 1954 in Mtn. Grove, Missouri, by Rev. J.W. Light. Four children were born to this union. They made their home and raised their family in the Mtn. Grove area. Lela was a true homemaker who enjoyed taking care of her family. She loved being outdoors, especially when tending to her flower and vegetable gardens. She liked wood crafts, going to yard sales, and being involved in the various activities at the YMCA in Mtn. Grove.
She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She will be truly missed by those who knew and loved her.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Riley, on September 24, 1997; three brothers, Delbert Coatney, Clinton Coatney, and Carl Raymond Coatney; an infant sister; a grandson, Derrick James; and a stepgranddaughter, Jessica Davis.
She is survived by one son, Tom Riley and wife Vickie of Sweetwater, Tennessee; three daughters, Teresa Kuster and husband Lee of Mtn. Grove, Vicky Estes and husband Russell of Springfield, and Tina Monteith and husband Richard of Mtn. Grove; two stepdaughters, Debbie Tidwell and Sharon Cox, both of the State of Oklahoma; two sisters, Marie Rippee and husband Rex of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, and Linda Young and husband Ed of Mtn. Grove; ten grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; fifteen step-great-grandchildren; two step-great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends who will miss her very much.
Funeral services were held on Friday, September 4, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. in Craig-Hurtt Chapel with Pastor David Purichia officiating. Teresa Purichia sang “In The Garden” and “What A Day That Will Be.” Pallbearers were Jerry Dean Riley, Joseph Kuster, Nathan Monteith, Gary Kuster, Gorman Hill and Norman Freeman. Honorary pallbearers were Andrew Kuster and Devin Riley. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of the Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.