Geraldine “Geri” Esther Riley, daughter of the late Thomas & Josephine (Burton) Baker, was born on September 2, 1930 in Columbia, Missouri and departed this life on December 22, 2018 in North Kansas City, Missouri. At the time of her passing she was 88 years of age.
Geri was reared and attended school in Columbia, Missouri. On February 15, 1947 she was united in marriage to Myron Riley and to this union three children were born, all of whom survive her. After a few years they moved to Kansas City, Missouri where they later raised their family. They were very active in their local church and enjoyed singing in the church choir and ministering to people in nursing homes. She loved to fish, sew, knit and crochet. She and Myron traveled to area nursing homes to sing and she also sang in a ladies quartet. She truly enjoyed the holiday season and loved having her family together any chance they could.
Geri was preceded in passing by her husband of 69 years, Myron Riley; her parents; and eight siblings. She is survived by her three children, Myron (Teresa) Riley Jr., Dena (Larry) Leslie, and Connie (David) Cecil; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Elizabeth Smith and Velma (Jerry) Morris. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, friends and family who will all truly miss her.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Terrace Park Funeral Home with Pastor Terry Wilkes officiating. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.
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