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Mary W. Riley

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NEWTON -- Mary W. Riley (nee McVay) passed peacefully on July 18, 2014, at the age of 103 in Newton.

Mary, known to family and friends as Molly, was the loving wife of John and mother of Audrey Treanor and Lynn Esposito, all of whom predeceased her.

Mary was born in Gateshead, England, in 1911, the second child of James and Gertrude McVay. The family would eventually grow to nine children, plus Mary's six older half-siblings. Later her family moved to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the setting for many fascinating stories of Mary's childhood living at The Durdans.

After working as an office assistant to her father, she immigrated to Boston, Mass., in 1928. Later, Mary moved to New Jersey and married John T. Riley, a native of Nova Scotia, Canada. They raised their two children in Upper Montclair. For many years, Mary worked for the Wiss Co. jewelry store.

Upon retiring, Mary and John lived in Ringwood and Kinnelon, where they enjoyed gardening and car rides to visit friends and extended family. Visitors to their home always looked forward to Mary's wonderful cooking, especially her apple pies. In recent years, Mary was lovingly cared for by the devoted staff at Valley View Care Center in Newton.

Mary is survived by her six adoring grandchildren and spouses, Dave Treanor and wife, Judee, of Basking Ridge; Mike Esposito and wife, Lynn, of Fleming Island, Fla.; Kathy Hlywa and husband, Mike, of Newton; Jackie Goonan, of Concord, N.H.; Paula Bartsch and husband, Bob, of Watchung; and Carol Hinkes and husband, Bob, of Sparta. In addition to her grandchildren, Mary is survived by 10 great-grandchildren and her nieces, nephews, and sons-in-law.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Our Lady of the Lake Church, 294 Newton Sparta Road, Sparta. The Goble Funeral Home, 22 Main St., Sparta, is in charge of arrangements.

Published in The New Jersey Herald on Aug. 10, 2014
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