Roberta Geraldine “Gerry” <I>Shadday</I> Riley

Roberta Geraldine “Gerry” Shadday Riley

Bennington, Switzerland County, Indiana, USA
Death 29 Sep 2013 (aged 90)
Madison, Jefferson County, Indiana, USA
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Mrs. Roberta Geraldine "Gerry" Shadday Riley, age 90, of Madison, Indiana, Gerry entered this life on November 3, 1922 in Bennington, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of the late, Hubert Dale and Edith Mabel Demaree Shadday. She resided one year in Switzerland County and the family moved to Jefferson County. Gerry was a 1939 graduate of Central High School on Ryker's Ridge. On September 6, 1940, Gerry was united in marriage to her sweetheart, Eddie Riley by Rev. Vincent in Madison, Indiana. This happy union of forty four years was blessed with four daughters. Eddie was soon inducted into the United States Army during World War II. Gerry went to work sewing at Meese Manufacturing in downtown Madison. She later began employment with the U.S. Shoe Corporation in 1957 working as a stitcher and then a line foreman until 1973. Eddie & Gerry bought a farm on Scotch Ridge and resided there from 1948-1976. In 1976, Gerry began employment with Reliance Electric and retired in 1985. She loved all her friends she made at the Shoe Factory and Reliance Electric. Eddie and Gerry sold the farm and moved to the Key Addition in Madison in 1976. Eddie and Gerry enjoyed antiques and operated a small business at their home buying, refinishing and selling antiques. Eddie died suddenly on September 18, 1984 but Gerry remained steadfast in caring for her family, her church and staying very active in her community. She enjoyed working with Glesings Greenhouse in Madison and then in the activities department with Madison Heritage Senior Apartments in downtown Madison. Gerry was a faithful member of the Macedonia Baptist Church since 1948, playing the piano for worship and serving as a Sunday school teacher for many years and was a member of the American Baptist Women. She had served as treasurer for the Macedonia Cemetery Association for many years. She enjoyed membership in King's Daughters' Dorcas Circle and served as past president and was a State officer. She was a volunteer for King's Daughters' Hospital and Health Services for many years working in the Gift Shop. Gerry found great enjoyment in music and playing her piano, antiques, history, sewing, gardening, serving people and caring for her family. Gerry died on Sunday, September 29, 2013, at 1:45 p.m. at the Jewell House in Madison, Indiana.

Gerry will be missed by her loving daughters, Carol Jean Poling and her husband, Jim of Madison, Indiana, Norma Sutherland and her husband, Everett of Hanover, Indiana; her loving granddaughters, Tracy Stephan, Sally Nay, and Kerri Michaels; her adoring great grandchildren, Alex Garrett (Drew), Chelsea Stephan, Morgan Nay, Zachary Humphrey & Grace Loos; her precious great great grandchildren, Paxton and Paisley; her sisters in law, Tressie M. "Chip" Shadday of South Carolina, Linda Shadday Bolerjack of Terre Haute, Indiana, Lula Katherine Scott of Marietta, Georgia, Eva Fette of Quercus Grove, Indiana; her uncle, Harold Demaree of Madison, Indiana; several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. She was preceded in death by father, Hubert Dale Shadday, died February 12, 1972 and her mother, Edith Mabel Demaree Shadday, died July 13, 1987; husband of forty four years, Eddie Riley, died Sept. 18, 1984, her twin daughters, died August 17, 1941; her brothers, Gerald E. Shadday, died August 18, 1969, and Louis E. Shadday, died December 17, 2007.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., by Pastor Mike Barnes and Pastor Gaines Gentry at the Macedonia Baptist Church, near Moorefield, Indiana. Interment will follow in the Macedonia Cemetery near Moorefield, Indiana

Friends may call Friday from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service at the Macedonia Baptist Church, near Moorefield, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Macedonia Cemetery Association or the Macedonia Baptist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 118102348
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