Margaret E. Riley, Thompson, 103 years old of Chula Vista, CA and Poquoson, VA passed away July 11, 2018. Margaret was born in National City, CA in 1915 and spent most of her life in Chula Vista. She graduated from Sweetwater High School and worked for the telephone company in Chula Vista as a switch board operator. During WWII, Margaret worked for Rohr Aircraft Co. Her last job was with the Sweetwater Union High School District, where she worked and retired as a secretary to the Personnel Director. She met and married Sydney Riley in 1938, whom she met on the tennis court. They were married for 45 years. After his death, she married her second husband, Allen Thompson and they spent many wonderful years together. Following his death, she moved to Virginia and lived with her daughter, Sue and husband, Bob. Margaret drove her own car until she was in her nineties. When called upon to remember names of schoolmates and early childhood friends, her memory remained sharp, until the end. In the later years, she and her second husband, Al moved to the golf community of Borrego Springs, CA. She loved it there and became an avid golfer. She was always athletic. Throughout her life she enjoyed good health, traveling throughout the country and Europe with her husband and friends. Margaret will be remembered by her family and friends as having a joyful spirit that would light up a room. She had a lovely demeanor grace and sense of style; more importantly, as a woman of quiet strength, character and resilience. She grew up in the Methodist Church in Chula Vista. She was a member of The Order of the Easter Star and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She joined the Methodist Church in Borrego Springs and belonged to the Women's Circle. After moving to Virginia, she joined the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), which she enjoyed very much. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Sydney Riley and her second husband, Allen Thompson; her parents, Frank and Audra Norton and her brother, Robert Norton. She is survived by her daughter, Sue Trull and husband, Bob; grandsons, Mike and Steven Trull; sister, Mary Alice Nolfi and many nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements will be made at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. A great mom, grandmother, sister and friend, she will be missed by all. Cremation Society of Virginia assisted the family with arrangements.
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Published in Daily Press on Jul. 15, 2018.