Mabel 'Annie' Riley
December 27, 1949 ~ August 20, 2013
Mabel “Annie” Riley, age 63, of Elma, IA passed away on Tuuesday, August 20, 2013 at her home with her family by her side after a courageous battle with cancer. Mabel Ann Smith was born on December 27, 1949 to Clement and Mabel (Tierney) Smith in New Hampton, IA. Annie attended Our Lady of Lourdes School and graduated from Mt. St. Claire Academy in Clinton, IA in 1967. She went on to attend and graduated from Paris Beauty School in Cedar Rapids. Annie worked as a beautician for several years in Cedar Rapids until she was united in marriage to Charles P. Riley on December 2, 1972 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Lourdes, IA. The couple made their home on their present farm where they raised their five children. Annie owned and operated Annie’s Hair Care at her home and worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN as a nurse’s aide for 14 years. Annie enjoyed sewing, going to the casino, crafts, traveling, cooking and spending time with family. She was especially fond of taking care of her grandchildren. Annie was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Elma, Rosary Society and American Legion Auxiliary. Annie is survived by her husband of 40 years, Charles Riley of Elma; the couple’s children, David Riley of Conrad, IA, Gina (Russ) Foster of LeRoy, MN, Dr. Mary (Mike) Koenigs of Galena, IL, Amy (Ryan) Wisor of Clinton, IA and William Riley of Elma; her brothers, Clem Smith of Cresco, IA, Dennis (Marie) Smith of Elma, Paul (Nancy) Smith of Ft. Worth, TX, Francis (Karol) Smith and Patrick (Barb) Smith, both of Elma; her sisters, Bernie (Bob) Voves, Elaine (Mike) Farrington and Rosie (Mike) Zeimetz, all of Elma; her seven grandchildren, Krista, Lexy, Gracie, Drew, Megan, Caroline and Rylee; her brother-in-law, Ron Blackburn of Jonesboro, AR; her sisters-in-law, Carrol Roy and Kathleen “Grooter” Riley, both of Cedar Rapids and Shirley Smith of Elma; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death of her parents; her brother, Thomas Smith; her sister, Sister Mary Smith; her granddaughter, Riley Foster; her sisters-in-law, Jayni Blackburn, Judy Smith and Linda Smith and her brother-in-law, Merle Wacha. Cemetery: Burial will follow the funeral mass at St. Patrick’s Cemetery near Elma. Memorials may be directed to Annie's family. Visitation for Annie will be held from 4:00-8:00pm on Friday, August 23, 2013 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma with a 4:30pm Rosary and a 7:30pm Scriptural Wake Service. Visitation will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral mass on Saturday. A Mass of Christian Burial for Annie will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Immaculate Conception Church in Elma with Fr. Steve Garner celebrating.