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Elizabeth (Betty) Quinn Riley was born in Rochester, New York on August 23, 1922. At age one, her family moved to St. Louis, Missouri where she grew up. A resident of San Antonio, Texas since 1948, she died peacefully and naturally on July 14, 2011 while drinking her morning coffee and planning the menu for her next bridge party. The rock of her family and a beacon of love, she was an inspiration to all who basked in the shining light of her enduring presence. Widowed at age 40, Betty returned to school to obtain a masters degree in library science and thereafter embarked on a long career at the St. Mary's University library. "Retirement" in 1988 only led to more bridge, more volunteer work, a stint as a librarian at Palo Alto College, and another long career as the head archivist and crossword puzzle guru at her son's law practice. She announced her impending retirement from that vocation just a day before she died. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank A. Riley, son, Francis Quinn Riley, and two brothers, Charles A. Quinn, Jr., of St. Louis, Missouri, and William F. Quinn, former Governor of Hawaii. She is survived by five children, Louise Cooper, Mary Wechtenhiser (Richard), Darby Riley (Chris), Betsy Rapkin (Steve), and Frances Riley; daughter-in-law Mary Killenberg Riley; sixteen grandchildren, Molly Riley Towns, Libby Wechtenhiser, Josie Quinn McKain, Jennifer Riley Stone, William Wechtenhiser, Gene Sanchez, Charles Riley, Betsy Riley, Mae Sanchez Cella, Katie Riley Kerr, Martin Riley, Sam Cooper, Daniel Riley, Sarah Quinn Cooper, Paul Riley Schoffer, Grace Riley and by four great grandsons and three great granddaughters, and she was eagerly awaiting the arrival of two more great grandchildren.
JULY 18, 2011
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Published in Express-News on July 17, 2011
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