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'EILEY MARY ANNE REILEY "Mame" 12/24/1952 ~ 06/02/2014 Mame Reiley of Alexandria. VA died from metastatic breast cancer at her sister's home. She was surrounded by the love and presence of family and friends. Mame was the daughter of Barney C. Reiley, and Joan M. Reiley. Mame is survived by her sister, Liz Reiley of Alexandria, VA, her brother Rex Reiley and sister-in-law Doris of Alexandria, VA, her brother Barney Reiley and sister-in-law Kim of King George, VA, her nieces Jennifer Reiley, Shannon Moore, Kelly Palmer, Meaghan Williams, Devlin Richards, Erin Reiley, her nephew Patrick Reiley, and her best friend, Kathy Lash. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Pat Reiley in 1980. Also preceding her was Lucy, her precious pug. Mame Reiley was a successful businesswoman, event planner, and Democratic polit- ical operative, serving as political advisor to elected officials at both the Virginia and national level. Among her many professional accomplishments, she successfully ran Congressman Jim Moran's first bid for Congress in 1990, and subsequently served as his Chief of Staff for five years. She planned Governor Mark Warner's Inaugural in January, 2002 and served as the director of his political PAC, OneVirginia, and later as his Senior Political Director for his PAC, Forward Together. She ran Governor Doug Wilder's presidential primary in New Hampshire in 1992. Mame was elected to the Democratic National Committee from Virginia in 1992, where she also served until the time of her death as Chair of the Women's Caucus of the DNC, as well as a member of its Executive Committee and Rules and Bylaws Committee. She was appointed to the Board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority from 2002 -2012 and was its Chair from 2005-2007. During her tenure as Chair, she was the driving force behind MWAA'S decision to bring the Metrorail system to Dulles Airport. Mame also formed her own company, The Reiley Group, which was a consulting, fundraising, and events-communication agency. Mame found her passion for politics early in life, a politics that was grounded in the values learned from her parents and her faith - be good and do good. She intuitively and consciously embraced the principle upon which this nation was founded - all people are created equal - and it guided her throughout her life, politically and personally. A Mass and Celebration of Mame's life will be held at Good Shepherd Catholic Church on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., at 8710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria, VA 22309.A Mass and Celebration of Mame's life will be held at Good Shepherd Catholic Church on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., at 8710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria, VA 22309.
Published in The Washington Post from June 5 to June 8, 2014