Mary Jane Riley

Mar 17th, 1937 - Nov 4th, 2017


Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

Tue, Nov. 7th, 2017 5:00 PM ~ 8:00 PM


Christian Life Center

Wed, Nov. 8th, 2017 11:00 AM


New Hope Cemetery

Wed, Nov. 8th, 2017 1:00 PM

Mary Jane Riley

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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3 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Bryan and Diane Smith

    From: Energy, Illinois

    Date: November 7, 2017

    So very sorry for your whole family’s loss! Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Please let us know if you ever need anything!

  • Guest: Julie Holland

    From: Royalton, Illinois

    Date: November 7, 2017

    Sorry for your loss prays to the family she was always a sweet lady.

    I’m Monica Ince sister

  • Guest: Ron & Mary Walker

    From: Mount Dora, Florida

    Date: November 9, 2017

    Mary Jane was a beautiful person , and always kind to everybody. She used to trade in our store(Walker’s) when the children were small. It was obvious that she loved being a mother, and she was so good at it.