Memorial services for Clara Riley of Wylie were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, at First Baptist Church in Wylie.
Brother Al Draper officiated.
On May 23, 2012, Clara Riley joined her husband, George, in heaven after a long and difficult battle with leukemia.
Since the days of the Wylie Supermarket, Chapman’s Restaurant and the Ladylike Shop, the Riley name has been known by many residents in town. They were the ones with the sweet daughter, two rowdy boys and a passion for turning young musicians into talented country artists. The Rileys created a lasting legacy that still brings a smile to the many who knew them.
Clara was born in Wylie on Oct. 16, 1941. She graduated from Wylie High School, where she was a popular student and made many lifelong friends. At the age of 17, Clara married George, the love of her life. Together they founded and operated the Wylie Opry for more than 17 years. Their love of country music and family fun gave life to two musically inclined sons, Joey and Scott Riley. Their daughter, Terri Magill, a nurse, is said to have inherited her kind heart and generosity for helping others.
Clara was also a devoted member of First Baptist Church in Wylie.
Survivors include children, Terri Magill, Scott Riley and Joey Riley; grandchildren, Charise Thomason and her husband Jason, and Christen Magill; as well as great-grandson Luke Riley Thomason; brothers, Calvin Rains and Billy Rains and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Clara Carr; and by her husband, George Riley; as well as brother, Kenneth Rains and Wanda Day-Issitt and nephew Buddy Mclaughlin.
A friend to all who knew her, Clara will be truly missed.