Mary Kathryn Riley

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Graveside services for Mary Kathryn Kitty Riley, 77, of Daingerfield will be at 2 PM on Thursday, March 26 at Riley Cemetery near Lone Star with Rev. Larry Neeley officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM on Wednesday, March 25th at the funeral home in Hughes Springs. Mary Kathryn Hammack was born on February 23, 1932 in Socorro, NM to Jessie Marion and Ola Mae Hammack. She was raised in the Hughes Springs area and was one of ten children. She married Clyde Allen riley on June 26, 1948 and followed him while he was in the Marine Corps to both coasts. Allen nicknamed her Kitty and the name stuck. They settled near Tyler and while Allen worked at Kelly Springfield and they adopted their daughter, Lisa. Allen and Kitty retired to their home in the County Line, Pittsburg area in the 90s after Lisa graduated from High School and she took care of Allen while his health deteriorated. When he passed away in 1997, she moved to Jenkins and eventually into Daingerfield. When her health failed, she moved into Theron Grainger Nursing Home where she made many friends. She loved playing bingo and attending the church services where there was any kind of singing going on. She was usually in the front row clapping along and singing. She eventually came to Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview where she made the nurses and staff smile while she picked on and joked with them. She again made many friend in her short stay there. She passed away on March 21, 2009 and will be surely missed by everyone. Survivors include daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Paul Golden of Daingerfield; one granddaughter Kaitlyn Golden of Daingerfield; one sister and brother-in-law Nell and Hal Sonny Barnett of Hughes Springs; one brother and sister-in-law Larry Wayne and Bronwyn Hammack of Lake Palestine; several nieces ,nephews and other extended family and one special friend at Theron Grainger Nursing Home Amy Symonds of Hughes Springs. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years Allen Riley and an infant son Paul Allen Riley. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Always Is this real or is it a dream? Things are harder than you made them seem My heart stops in the light of the truth It is hard to handle in my state of youth. You still live on in my heart and in others. As a wonderful, caring sister, aunt, mother and grandmother. Its not easy to let you go and move on. All I can think about now is that your are gone. You were always there when I needed you, When there were tough times, you helped me through. I promised myself that I would not cry But I cried so much now that my eyes are dry. When I think of you, I will always smile, You made my life forever worth the while. My tears mean to comfort me, but they never do. It seems the only thing that works is being around you. I want you to know that I will always love you And I know you will always love me too! ...Katie Golden

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