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The Carthage Press
  • Maydene Riley

  • On Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, just before sunrise and the dawning of a new day, Maydene Riley heard the words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant,” as she moved to Heaven to join her Lord, her beloved parents and grandparents, brother, Buddy, nephew, Devon, along with friends and family who went before her.
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  • On Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, just before sunrise and the dawning of a new day, Maydene Riley heard the words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant,” as she moved to Heaven to join her Lord, her beloved parents and grandparents, brother, Buddy, nephew, Devon, along with friends and family who went before her.
    Maydene was born in Carthage, Missouri, on Feb. 16th. Her ever present, loving husband, Bill Riley, who stayed by her side, loved her, served her, and held her hand until the very end. She is also survived by two sons, Paul D. Wilson, his wife Chelle of Olathe, Kansas and Brian G Wilson and his wife Carla, of Blue Springs, Missouri, two sisters Nina Thompson and husband, Richard, Sherry Sartain and husband Dennis, as well as her brother, Terry Hooker. She also leaves behind six grandchildren, Chris and Heather Wilson, Jeanna and Jason Tischer, Dustin and Emily Wilson, Lindsay and Alex Waller, Whitney and Mark Young and Brandon Wilson. And last, but certainly not least, three very adored great grandchildren, Ava and Galileo Waller, and Kinley Tischer. And never to be forgotten, her beloved puppy, Sasha Camille.
    Maydene spent her life exemplifying the term “servant’s heart.” Anything she touched and any person who crossed her path was made better for having been in her presence. She defined the meaning of mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, and wife, like few ever could hope to. She was a friend, a neighbor and the consummate hostess.
    Nothing will be missed more than Thanksgiving celebrations at her home where all the family gathered and where, with each passing year, we would demand that she do less, allow us to do more; but it never happened. She continued to do it all!
    She started every morning praying for her sons and their wives, grandchildren and families by name, along with anyone else in need. Her life is best summed up in the comment made by her oldest grandson when he said, “Grandma has always been my representation of God’s love.”
    A celebration for a life well lived will be held at Ridgecrest Baptist, 2210 W Republic Road, Springfield, Missouri, on Saturday, November 2nd, with the service at 1 pm. Interment will immediately follow at the Dudman Springs Church Cemetery, Southeast of Carthage on Cedar Rd. just east of # 9 County Road.
    She will be missed; she was the epicenter of our family.
    She could not be more loved; she will be forever missed, but we will soldier on, just as she would demand, while she lives in our hearts, each and every day, through the foundation she so carefully laid for us.
    Visitation will be at 11 a.m.

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