|Birth: ||Nov. 12, 1921|
|Death: ||Aug. 5, 2008|
Minnie "Vashti" Riley, 86, died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008, at the home of her granddaughter, from complications associated with a stroke.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Monday at Ridglea United Methodist Church. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park.
Memorials: Donations may be made in honor of Mrs. Riley to RiverStone Hospice of Billings, Mont., or a charity of choice.
A resident of Fort Worth since 1957, Mrs. Riley in recent years had resided with her granddaughter, Rebecca Pestle (Becky Hood), in Billings, Mont.
Mrs. Riley devoted most of her life to helping people. As an officer's wife, she provided much appreciated support to Air Force families throughout the country. As a schoolteacher, she influenced countless lives. She took great pleasure assisting those in need through her beloved Ridglea United Methodist Church as well as in her work with the American Heart Association. As a patron of the arts she was passionately involved with the local theater, Casa Manana, where she spent many years contributing and sharing her love of theater.
Born Nov. 12, 1921, in Concho County, Vashti spent much of her life in Central Texas. A true Texan in every way, she spent many glorious years as a young girl in Millersview, Ballinger and Concho. Her heritage goes back to before statehood when her great-grandfather was one of the original Indian scouts. One of three children born to H.L. and Leona Moseley, her father and grandfather, J.W. Barr, were prosperous ranchers from the early part of the last century in Concho County.
Soon after graduating from Abilene Christian University, she married John Denny Riley in 1940. It was the eve of World War II and Mr. Riley served as a B-17 pilot in the European theater. Later Denny served as the history department chair at Tarrant County Junior College South Campus. Subsequently, Vashti's young family lived in numerous cities across the nation in support of her husband's military and academic profession.
Ti will best be remembered for the boundless energy she devoted to her numerous clubs and associations over the years. She was a tireless volunteer and fundraiser, a "fierce" domino and bridge player and loved to laugh, share a good story and plan the next soiree. Whether it was browsing a boutique in Fort Worth or the narrow streets of London, she loved looking for knickknacks for friends and family. Traveling to far-off locations was one of her favorite pastimes, including Italy, Greece, England, Portugal, Japan, Mexico and Morocco (an image of her riding a camel reminds us all of her sense of adventure and humor).
Ti left us with so many fond memories and her colorful Texan idioms and expressions will live on with our family. Seeing a white horse will undoubtedly become more meaningful for us now, as she always reminded us, "When you see a white horse, lick your thumb, touch it to your palm and smack it for good luck!"
She was preceded in death by her brother, Alton; daughters, Sandra Kay and Rebecca Fay; and her husband, Dr. J.D. Riley.
Survivors: Sister, Pauline "Pene" Wells of Guthrie, Okla.; nephews, Wayne Wells of Edmond, Okla., and Dwayne Wells of Baytown; brother-in-law, Martin Riley of Arlington; grandchildren, Chief Warrant Officer 5 James O. Hood III of Manhattan, Kan., Rebecca Pestle of Billings, Mont., and John Hood of Santa Maria, Calif.; and great-grandchildren, Hana, Sean, Skyler, Jamie-Kay, Eden and Ella.
Published in the Star-Telegram from 8/9/2008 - 8/10/2008
Hubert Lysle Moseley (1895 - 1986)
Leona G Barr Moseley (1902 - 1984)
Minnie Moseley Riley (1921 - 2008)
Hubert Alton Moseley (1922 - 1938)*
Velma Pauline Moseley Wells (1924 - 2009)*
Greenwood Memorial Park and Mausoleum
Plot: Section (3-D), Lot 18, Space 2 - Unmarked as of 1/14/2014
Created by: Tim Hawkins
Record added: Aug 09, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28882690
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Sarah Locklin Taylor
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