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Beverly Riley

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Beverly (Mackintosh) Riley, 78, of Franklin, passed away peacefully at home, after a lengthy illness, on Sunday, May 30, 2010, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur F. Riley Jr. for 48 years. Bev was born at home, in Franklin, on May 19, 1932, and was the daughter of the late Adam and Grace (Couthill) Mackintosh. She lived in Franklin for most of her life. She was educated in the Franklin School system and graduated in 1950. While raising four children, she graduated from Boston University School of Education in 1971, with a degree in secondary education. She loved teaching children and taught the fourth grade at the Davis Thayer School for 23 years. She was a member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the Retired State, County, and Municipal Employee Associations. Bev and her husband were avid campers and traveled across the country twice in their motor home. Their favorite place for summertime was camping on the Battenkill in Arlington, Vt. She loved knitting, playing cards, reading books, jigsaw puzzles, crossword books, traveling, and attending Broadway plays. She learned to fly, and soloed in a Citabria after her husband became a small aircraft pilot. Bev was a Girl Scout leader for several years. She also helped chaperone her sons Boy Scout Troop on their trip to Florida to watch Apollo 15 lift off to the moon in July of 1971. She is survived by her loving children, Cynthia J. Riley and James Precourt of Attleboro, Gregory A. Riley and his wife, Rosina, of Franklin, Donna L. Trenchard and her husband, Robert, of Cornwall Ontario, Canada, and Joyce E. Campbell and her husband, Mark, of Franklin. She also leaves a sister, Jean Miller and her husband, Kenneth, and a brother, Donald Mackintosh and his wife, Dona, all of Franklin; six grandchildren, Wayne and Deirdre Trenchard, Krystle Ficco, Andrea Picot, Pamela Hanlon and Christine Yanni; five great-grandchildren, Gwyneth Trenchard, Michael Picot, Shaelyn and Colby Hanlon, and Mia Yanni; and several extended family members and dear friends. A celebration of her life will begin with calling hours on Wednesday, June 2, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Ginley Funeral Home of Franklin (www.ginleyfuneralhomes.com), 131 Main St., Franklin. Her funeral service will be held Thursday, June 3, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bev's memory may be made to the VNA and Hospice Services at 37 Birch St., Milford, MA 01757.

Published in The Country Gazette from June 1 to June 8, 2010
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