Mabel 'Annie' Riley

mabel riley
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.

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  1. Annie was a giver and she touched a lot of hearts. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family. Especially to Mary – Your mother did an excellent job raising you and your siblings. You turned out to be a Great mom, wife and friend, just like her! Be Proud!

  2. Chuck,Dave,Gina,Mary,Amy, Willie and families
    I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We see the traits and things we love about them coming through in their children and grandchildren rather it be a simple action or something they would say. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. Hold Annie close to your hearts and cherish all that she has given to you her family..
    Ann Sullivan

  3. I, along with the other members of the Clinton Franciscan family, were very sorry to hear this morning of the loss of Annie. All of her family and friends in our thoughts and prayers. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  4. My first and last memory of Annie is of her genuine smile. I loved her eyes growing big in mock surprise or joy, her continual warmth and genuine kindness to me and others no matter the situation. I admired all of who she was. My heartfelt feelings go out to Chuck and the children.

  5. My thoughts & prayers are with you during this most difficult time. I will always have such fond memories of Ann & loved working with her & calling her my friend! God Bless!

  6. Please know that your family will be in our prayers asking for strength and understanding.

    Also know that your mom being a Christian women, that we are only saying so long for now and not a final fair well & goodbye. She is now resting at peace without pain and suffering with her maker.

    You will miss her, you will grieve her passing and you must, but please understand that she has just graduated to a fair better life than you and I can ever hope to live while we are here on earth.

    May God’s Blessings and strength be with you and yours.

    May Gods Blessings and strength be with you and yours.

    Jon Andresen

  7. sorry to hear about Annie, our thoughts and prayers are with you keep all the memories in your heart

  8. We were all so lucky to know Annie,she was such a special person.Always a smile and happy.We know how much she will be missed by you Chuck,and all of her family,brothers and sisters as well.Just remember the good times and know she is in a happy place now.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.Tom and Marian Gebel

  9. Annie was a joy to everyone she met – she instilled hope in the patients she cared for and the staff with whom she worked at St. Marys. I am most honored to say I knew this fine woman and many of her family. Blessings to Gina and Rosie and their families as they remember and celebrate the life of their mother and sister.

  10. Chuck, Will and family,
    Your wife and mother is a beautiful lady both inside and out. I remember all my days with her at Colonial Manor. I believe she is truly one of the kindess people I have ever have the fortune of knowing. I was blessed to have had her touch my life. She will never be far away because you will always have her in your hearts and memeories. My deepest sympathy and heart goes out to you at this time of sorrow.

  11. Dear Charles,
    I’m your old banker from Alta Vista, Donna Tieskotter, now Donna Bodensteiner. I remarried and live in Clear Lake, IA. I always enjoyed waiting on your at the bank, and I still remember your account number; crazy I know.
    I am so…. sorry to hear about Annie. Please know you have my sympathies and that many people are praying for you.

  12. My prays are with you at this time of sorrow. Your Mom and wife always made me smile, enjoyed her laughter too. I was blessed to know her.

  13. Our sympathy to Chuck and family. Annie was always smiling and cheerful. Our prayers are with you.

    Louise and Donn Harris

  14. Sorry to hear of the loss of your wife and mother and sister. We had so much fun with her bowling and playing cards. What a great person she was, always kind and gentle.

  15. My deepest sympathy goes out to Chuck and to all of the Riley and Smith families. Annie was a beautiful person and a very wonderful friend from 1st grade on. We always had a great time as kids celebrating our birthdays because they were only two days apart. What a loss for all who knew her. You all have my continued prayers.

  16. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Annie was a wonderfully sweet lady and I am so glad I had the pleasure to know her and work with her. She will be greatly missed.

  17. So sorry to hear of Ann’s passing. She was a great PCA on our floor(MB5C) to all of our patients. She had the heart and smile of an angel. I feel so lucky to have known her for the time I did. Her smiling face will be in my memory always. She smiles with God and all the angels now. Peace be with you and all your family during this difficult time.

  18. Chuck and Family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of Annie. I did not know her well, but she was so good to my mother!!!!!
    So sorry


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