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Mrs. Delphine M. “Dovey” (Edgett) Riley, 63, beloved wife of James M. Riley, died Monday, August 7, 2017, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers surrounded by her loving family and dear friends.
Born in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Marcella (Fallon) Edgett. She was raised and educated in Chelsea and was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1971. As a young girl, she spent her weekends in Peabody where she made many lifelong friends.
Mrs. Riley began her professional career with the New England Telephone Company and worked her way up to a supervisory role. She then moved on to Harvard Vanguard Health Care where she worked as the supervisor of the main Peabody office until the time of her illness.
A loving wife, sister, aunt, and friend, Delphine was devoted to her family and friends. She lived life to the fullest and enjoyed every moment. Affectionately known as “Dovey” by her family and friends, her outgoing personality and easy smile endeared her to many. Her friends were lifelong and meant the world to her. She will be deeply missed.
A resident of the City of Salem for over 30 years, she was an avid animal lover especially her canine companion, Georgia.
Delphine is survived by her beloved husband of over 30 years, James Riley of Salem; her brother, Lonnie Edgett and his wife, Karen of Deerfield, N.H.; her nieces, Lindsey Cottom and her husband, John and Brenda Haskell and her husband, Jason; her nephews, Spencer Edgett and his wife, Nicole and Douglass Andrews and his wife, Courtney; her sisters-in-law, Linda Riley of Methuen and Janet Andrews and her husband, Ken of Salem; and many great-nieces and nephews, cousins, and lifelong friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours in the O’Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) Salem, Thursday, August 10, from 2 to 6 p.m. A remembrance will be held at 5:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.
Published on  August 9, 2017
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