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Margaret H. Riley

Published: Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 3:16 p.m. CST

Margaret Henderson Riley, 91, Oregon, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, at Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, surrounded by her family.

She was born March 5, 1921, in Nashville, Tenn., the daughter of Matthew A. and Lamiza A. (Cartwright) Henderson.

She married John Rogers Riley on Oct. 8, 1946.

Margaret grew up in the Nashville area, attending the Ward-Belmont School’s Preparatory School and Junior College.

Family was very important to Margaret, both the people in her family and her family’s heritage as pioneer settlers who founded Fort Nashborough in 1779 (which became the city of Nashville) and were prominent citizens throughout its history.

Margaret was also proud of her family’s heritage as accomplished horsemen and continued this tradition by showing her family’s home-bred American Saddlebreds as a young woman, and later, by establishing a breeding farm of Arabian horses with her daughter Ellen and exhibiting them throughout the U.S. and Canada.

She was an avid traveler, a long-time member of St. Bride’s Episcopal Church, and of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the National Society of New England Women and the Oregon Women’s Club.

At an age when many people would think of retirement, Margaret decided to go back to work and was employed at McGregor Magazine Agency from the mid-1970s until her retirement in 1999.

Survivors include daughters, Ann (Jeff) Currie and Ellen (Terry) Burgeson; grandchildren, Andrew (Kathryn) Currie and Margaret (Ryan) Ludlow; and newborn great-grandson, Lars Henderson Currie, born on Dec 28.

Margaret was preceded in death by a daughter, Margaret, who died in childhood, and by her husband, John.

Memorial funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m., preceded by visitation starting at 1 p.m. at St. Bride’s Episcopal Church, Oregon, with Father Robert Cristobal officiating.

Inurnment will be in St. Bride’s Church columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Bride’s Episcopal Church or Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home.

Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon, assisted the family with arrangements.

Visit www.farrellhollandgale.com to leave online condolences.

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