|Elizabeth G. Riley was a devoted wife, a loving and caring mother and, most important, a servant of God. She was brought up in a religious home, singing duets with her youngest sister and leading songs in their church choir. Mrs. Riley was born in Wise, Louisiana, one of nine children, to Mr. Issac Green and Mrs. Beatric Williams Green. She was educated in the public schools of Rapides Parish.
Mrs. Riley married the Reverend Edward P. Riley, Sr., moving her membership with him to Wesley Methodist Church. He was called to the ministry at an early age and was soon called from the home to serve with the Louisiana Conference. They left Wesley and traveled throughout the state, north and south, wherever he was needed and with the grace of God gladly took the task assigned to him.
Mrs. Riley served by his side doing whatever she could to help enhance the churches he served. Death separated the two in 1966, and she returned home and reunited with the home church, Wesley Methodist. There she served as communion steward until her health began to fail.
God let her walk and talk with us for 76 years. She bequeathed to all of us a legacy that will live on throughout our lives. Three sons, three daughters, one preceded her in death; three brothers, one sister, a host of nieces, nephews, 43 grandchildren, 60 great grandchildren, relatives and friends will always cherish her memories.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1990; p. 231………………By R. Berry|