Dr. Veryl Mae Long Riley, 88, of Russell, PA., died Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Golden Living-Kinzua Valley after a brief illness. She was born August 12, 1926 in Pittsburgh, PA., to the late George Ford and Zella Zoe Kinsey Long. Dr. Riley attended Pittsburgh Public School through Grade 8, skipping all of first and the first half of seventh grades, she then moved to Dormont, PA., in 1940 and graduated at the age of 16 from Dormont High School where she was the class Valedictorian in February 1943. She entered the University of Pittsburgh as a pre-med student which she completed in 2 ½ years instead of the normal 3 ½ years. She was accepted into the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine in September 1945, where she was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree at the end of her 1st year in medical school. Graduated in June 1949 with her Doctor of Medicine degree, followed by a 1 year Rotating Internship at Western Pennsylvania Hospital, and also served a 2 years residency in obstetrics at West Penn Hospital. She met Dr. George Riley who was interning at West Penn Hospital, she married him on July 12, 1952, when they moved to Russell, PA. and opened dual practices in obstetrics and general medicine until George’s death on August 8, 1972. She continued to practice in obstetrics until retiring in August 1985 and continued to assist in surgery until October, 2009, when for health reasons she had to give it up. She was a member of Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church, the Pennsylvania Medical Association and the American Medical Association. She loved to travel, hike and spend time with her children, grandchildren and friends. She loved her beloved pets, who were family to her. Dr. Riley is remembered for her very caring, helpful attitude, especially as a physician who took her time listening to her patients, providing care and comfort to them. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and her community.
She is survived by her 2 children – Gail L. Riley-Wright of N. Warren, PA., Lee E. Riley of Dexter, OR., 2 Grandchildren – Erin Elizabeth Renninger and husband, Bill of Warren, PA., Patrick George Wright of Bear Lake, PA., 3 Great Grandchildren – Lilee Ann, Lydia Mae, Logan James Renninger all of Warren, PA., several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by 1 infant brother, 1 Sister – Vivian Simmons.
Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA., on Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 5 to 8 P.M. A funeral service will be conducted at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church, 444 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA., on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 10:00 A.M., with The Rev. Matthew Scott, Vicar, officiating. Interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Russell, PA. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church, 444 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA 16365, or the Eisenhower Football Boosters, Eisenhower Middle/High School, 3700 Route 957, Russell, PA 16345-9406. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com