Theresa Agnes ‘Teda’ (Cook) Riley

June 12, 2016

Theresa Agnes ‘Teda’ (Cook) Riley

THERESA AGNES “TEDA” (COOK) RILEY – in Woburn, June 12th at ninety years of age. Beloved wife of the late Ernest E. Riley. Devoted mother of Michael E. Riley of Billerica, Stephen P. Riley, his wife Rena of Winchester, Patricia Ann Nickerson, her late husband Kenneth of Ipswich, Ernest E. Riley Jr., his wife Doreen of Andover, Elizabeth A. Riley of Lowell, and Kevin J. Riley, his wife Coreen, of NH. Dear sister of Elizabeth Cook of Stoneham and the late Barbara Ryder and Francis “Dusty” Cook. Also lovingly survived by her dear twelve grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, June 17th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours Thursday evening 4-8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in “Teda’s” memory to the Doug Flutie Foundation for Autism, P O Box 767, Framingham, MA, 01701.

OBITUARY:

Theresa A. “Teda” (Cook) Riley passed away at the Life Care Center in Stoneham, Sunday, June 12th. The beloved wife of the late Ernest E. Riley, she was ninety years of age.

Born in Brighton, she was the daughter of the late John P. and Theresa A. (Miller) Cook. Raised and educated in Arlington she was a graduate of Arlington High School, Class of 1942. Following high school “Teda” as she liked to be called, began working in Boston at United Shoe Machinery in the accounting office. It was there that she was introduced to Ernie Riley. Their friendship blossomed and in 1948 they married and had celebrated sixty two years of marriage. In 1950 they moved to North Woburn were they settled in and raised their five children. Summers were often spent at the beach, Maine, New Hampshire, York beach, Sebago Lake, Hampton beach, always an enjoyable time.There she could often find a little time to enjoy reading, which was a great favorite time for her. Novels, fiction, or non fiction it made no difference, she enjoyed all genre’s. Teda was also very fond of writing poetry, which over the years she has done quite a few poems and had written her own book of poems, which she shared with family.

After the kids were grown Teda and Ernie began spending their anniversary at Old Orchard Beach, which was a tradition they had carried on for a number of years. They really were pretty much home bodies enjoying their surroundings at home and their family. As the family grew “Nana” had the great pleasure of being “Nana” to twelve grandchildren whom she loved being with. As with the passing of time “Nana” became “great Nana” to fifteen more!

A woman with a real love of family, great faith and a wonderful sense of humor has left long lasting memories to be cherished by all.

In addition to her parents, her husband Ernest Teda was also pre deceased by her siblings Francis “Dusty Cook and Elizabeth A. Cook and son in law Kenneth Nickerson

She was the devoted mother of Michael E. Riley of Billerica, Stephen P. Riley, his wife Rena of Winchester, Patricia Ann Nickerson, of Ipswich, Ernest E. Riley Jr., his wife Doreen of Andover, Elizabeth A. Riley of Lowell, and Kevin J. Riley, his wife Coreen, of NH. Dear sister of Elizabeth Cook of Stoneham. Also lovingly survived by her dear twelve grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, June 17th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours Thursday evening 4-8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in “Teda’s” memory to the Doug Flutie Foundation for Autism, P O Box 767, Framingham, MA, 01701.

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  1. Betty, Ernie, & family, we are so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. So many memories of being at your house, she was a good woman. May you find comfort at this sad time. God Bless.

  2. Theresa you were loved by everyone. You never had an unkind word to say about anyone. Always happy. You had a love for animals and babies! We are sorry we didn’t get to see you as we planned on Sunday. You had already passed peacefully in your sleep. I’m happy that we had our little pizza party a few weeks ago with Ernie and aunt Betty!! As I wrote this sentence it honestly got so bright outside my window and I got chills all overso I would say that’s a good sign that you are watching over us. Thank you. You really are an Angel. You lived a long and happy life with your wonderful family. Glad I got to know you and your Hubby. Until we meet again. Love Doreen and Ernie

  3. From :Marcie Bujnowski and family
    our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time ..Another Angel to watch over all. I remember Mrs.Riley fondly and she will be missed by all ..The ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts and memories may you know peace and comfort and always remember the goodtimes.

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