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Doris Ruth Gausman Riley

August 20, 1925 - May 5, 2021

Preceded in death by her beloved husband Harry Joseph Riley.  Also preceded in death by her loving siblings Robert Gausman of Virginia, and Joan Warns of Delaware.  She leaves behind an extensive family: son Daniel Green (Joyce Green), Douglas Green (Maureen Green), daughter Deborah Fortin (Pete Fortin), son Donald Riley (Sheryl Riley), step daughter Suzanne McCartney (Ken McCartney), step son Harry (Bud) Riley (Patrick O’Connor, Mary Riley), fifteen grandchildren, and countless great grandchildren.

Doris was born in Queens, New York City. She graduated from P.S. 34, Andrew Jackson High School, and Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School. After Katherine Gibbs, her first job was at Vanguard Films, in New York City, for the movie producer David O. Selznick, where she took dictation from Alfred Hitchcock on more than one occasion. She was terrified! She was afraid she would make a mistake. From 1946 to 1968 she virtually raised her four children by herself, working as an executive secretary to support her family, and with the help of her mother Anna Ruth Gausman. In 1968 she married the love of her life, Harry Joseph Riley, and maintained to the end of her life that meeting him was the best thing to happen to her.

She was an active member of her church. She loved bowling, took us fishing, and camping. She also loved crafts such as ceramics, cake decorating, sewing, knitting, crocheting, etc. She especially enjoyed doing craft projects with her grandchildren. She liked the beach, but not the water! She and Harry loved to watch the hummingbirds at the feeder outside their kitchen window.

Special appreciation goes out to her caregivers Diane Roberts, Rosalie Etheredge, Lei Varelas, and Sylvie Adams. Memorial donations could be made to the charity of your choice.

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