W. Charlene Riley
February 11, 1944 - November 29, 2017
W. Charlene Riley died at the age of 73 in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 29, 2017, from breast cancer.
Charlene was born on February 11, 1944, to her parents, Charles William and Ursla Louise Mason. She graduated from Indiana Central (now known as University of Indianapolis) with a degree in Elementary Education.
In 1965 Charlene married Edward Allan Riley, Jr. The couple had four daughters together. She was widowed in 1977 and moved back to Indiana to be near family.
Charlene continued her education to include a Masters in Art Education. She was active at Glenns Valley United Methodist Church. Charlene was a devoted wife and mother who always put the needs of her family before her own. She was a gifted teacher and artist who encouraged us to see and appreciate beauty in everyday life. She was generous, patient, and compassionate, and was known for her quick wit and sense of humor. She treasured her time bird watching.
Charlene is survived by her four daughters, Jennifer Linder, Melanie Riley, Allison Riley, and Deanna Riley; her grandchildren, Marisa Linde, Devan Riley-Draper, Morrigan Sawyer, and Nolan Gibson; and her siblings, Wanda Christy, William Mason, and Brenda Sumner.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Captain Edward Allan Riley, Jr.; her parents, Charles William Mason and Ursla Louise Chisham Mason; and her brother, Warren D Mason.
A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Simplicity Funeral & Cremation Care, 7520 Madison Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227. Friends may visit from 1:00 P.M. until the service time at the funeral home.
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