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Mary Jane Riley

March 17, 1937 — November 4, 2017

Zeigler-Mary Jane Riley, 80, of Zeigler, formerly of Herrin, passed away at 5:03am on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Herrin Hospital. Mary was born on March 17, 1937, the daughter of Clarence William and Lena Floella (Hunter) Emerick. She married James C. “Bud” Riley on November 3, 1956 in Elmwood, IL.  They renewed their wedding vows on their 50th wedding anniversary and together they shared 58 years of marriage, until his passing on July 29, 2015. Mary Jane had a twin sister and was the second oldest of seven children. She thrived on taking care of others and never retired from it. Sunday mornings were family day, making breakfast for thirty to forty, and was very proud to do it.  Being a mother to nine children was her favorite role. Her family was her world. She never knew a stranger and was blessed with many friends. Survivors include nine children: James A. Riley of Galatia Louis R. Riley and girlfriend Karen Hemphill of Bush John W. Riley and wife Joyce of Zeigler Lena Somerville and husband B.J. of Newport, NC Larry Joe Riley and wife Rhonda of Chico, California Barbara Barben and husband Dave of Mifflinburg, PA Betty Payne of Herrin Peggy Sue Riley and Lester Bond of Carbondale Norma Jean Riley-Kerrigan and husband Richie of Herrin Thirty-Four Grandchildren: Justin Riley and wife Mindy of Mulkeytown Steven Riley of Galatia Laura Davis and husband Todd of Harrisburg Amanda Riley of Mount Vernon Melody Lehman and husband Mike of Johnston City Tony Riley of Mount Vernon Sean Riley and Amanda Burdette of West Frankfort Sherry Riley of Zeigler Teresa Rogers and husband Greg of Johnston City Fayla Dufford and husband Tommy of Collinsville Patricia Ledford and husband Jeff of Spring, TX Timothy Williams of Newport, NC Sasha Somerville and Alex Frailey of Jacksonville, FL Luke Somerville of San Diego, CA Tammy and Bonito Estrada of Chico, California Roban Woodworth and husband Jeremy of Willows, California Joseph Riley of Magalia, California JC Olds of Milton, PA Ale Barben of Galatia Beth Barben of Mifflinburg, PA Glen Bush and wife Alyssa of Herrin Christopher and Cynthia Bush of Herrin Heather Sizemore of Herrin Lee Sizemore of Carbondale Alex and Elizabeth Perkins of Quantico, VA Jesse Orr of Okawville Tim Holland of Carbondale Brittany Gurley and husband Isaac of Herrin Nick Kerrigan and wife Nicole of Herrin Zac Bush and wife Cassie of Herrin Joshua Bush of California Dani Housman of Bakersville, NC Dalton and Savannah Kerrigan of Herrin Cortney Kerrigan of Herrin Sixty-Six Great Grandchildren One Great Great Grandson expected in January Twin Sister- Martha Haugen of St. Paul, MN Sister- Judy and Herman Cordle of Galesburg Twin Brothers- John and Carol Emerick of Abingdon James Emerick and Goldie Beck of Pana Aunt- Pat Emerick of Hanna City Special Life Long Friend- Barb Gullett of Congerville Sister-in-law- Mary Corder of Marion Many Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, unborn child, two great grandsons- Gabriel Thomas Bush and Jesse Gurley, and two sisters- Clarella Emerick and Betty McCoy. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at the Christian Life Center in Herrin with Rev. Courtney Hill officiating.  Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 -8:00 PM on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin. For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to the Zeigler Women’s Club. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home; 201 S. 13th Street; Herrin, IL 62948.  For more information, or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit
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