Feb 282013

Doreen Riley Homer

Doreen Riley Homer

Doreen T. Riley Homer, of Groton, passed away February 22, 2013 after an illness she unknowingly battled but which didn’t extinguish her spirit.

Born March 22 1942, in Revere she was the daughter of the late Doris Marchant and Paul Riley and Paul Miles. She made her home in Groton MA, where she raised her family. Doreen had also resided after her marriage in Ft Lee, NJ, and Brockton and Quincy Massachusetts. A graduate of Revere High School and Boston University School of Dental Nursing, Doreen worked for several specialists in NY and the local area for 40 years. In retirement for the last three years, until December, enjoyed utilizing her personality assisting customers at Options, a home furnishing boutique in Littleton where she indulged her love of design and creativity.

In addition to her husband of 47 years, Edward W., Doreen leaves her daughter Elizabeth M. of Littleton, Edward M. of Norton, and Andrew W. of Bainbridge Island WA. Doreen also leaves a son in law, David Field, and daughters in law Heather and Lauren, all of whom she loved as her own. Always upbeat, Nana will be missed by her nine grandchildren, Olivia, Ben, Isabelle, Hannah, Matthew, Emma, Wilson, Alice, and Adam. Doreen is also survived by her sisters in law and brothers in law, Phyllis Clarke (Bob) and Ruth Knowles (Sam) with whom she enjoyed many happy years as well as with her large extended family. Doreen also fondly enjoyed some special friends, Joyce, Frankie, Jasmine, Wanda, and Mary. Doreen is also survived by one cousin and was the sister of the late Michael Riley.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Doreen’s name to a cancer fund of your choice, the Congregational Church Capital Fund, or other charity of your choice.

Visiting hours will be held at Badger Funeral Home, 347 King St, Littleton on Wednesday February 27 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. A memorial service will be on Saturday March 2, at 11:00 a.m. at the Littleton Congregational Church (300 King Street) where Doreen had assisted Sunday School during her children’s formative years and where she celebrated her children’s baptisms and marriage. Everyone is invited to meet at the church.

In addition, a separate memorial to scatter some of her ashes will be held by her immediate family at York Beach where Doreen enjoyed many of her children’s earlier years.

Doreen’s family thanks the nurses, doctors, and medical staff at Emerson Hospital and the staff at Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley in Littleton for their comfort and care. Doreen considered all as new friends.

Burial will take place in the spring.