Nancy Riley

Nancy Lea Riley

1941 - 2024

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Obituary of Nancy Lea Riley

Nancy Lea Riley (née Brooks) passed away peacefully at Grand River Hospital on May 27th 2024 at the age of 82. She was surrounded by her loving family as she took her last breath, freeing her from many years of pain and suffering.

Nancy was the cherished wife of John Riley, with whom she shared a remarkable 63 years of marriage. Together, they built a life that consisted of love, hard work, and enduring strength despite the challenges they faced.

Nancy was the devoted and caring mother to three daughters, Janice Overgaard (Allan), Jennifer Martin (Randy), and Cathy Kehayas (George). She was the proud and loving grandmother to Erik Overgaard (Samantha), Adam Overgaard (Mandy), Peter Overgaard (Sarah), Michael Overgaard (Rebecca), Meagan Martin, Matthew Martin (Tesa), Wesley Martin, Allison Riley (Chris), Alexandra Kehayas and James Kehayas.

She was also blessed with eight great grandchildren who brought immense joy to her life, Quinn and Briar Overgaard, Everett and Ari Overgaard, Charlotte and Sophie Overgaard, Emma and Ronan Martin.

Nancy was predeceased by her parents, Mansford and Cora Brooks and her two brothers, James Brooks (Geraldine) and Ernest Brooks (Bonnie).

Nancy was born on July 1st, 1941 in Sudbury, Ontario. It was there that she met her loving and dedicated husband, John. They were married in 1961 and embarked on a lifetime of raising their family, travelling the globe, and enjoying the fruits of their labour in their later years.

Nancy had a profound love for her yard, specifically her garden. She spent countless hours nurturing her plants and flowers. Her garden was a testament to her dedication and passion, producing awe-inspiring hydrangeas, peonies and mandevillas.

Her home was always filled with her beautiful and creative touch. She was an amazing cook and hostess, as well as a beautiful sewer. She loved to plan her colour themes for the holidays, and she made each of those occasions special and memorable for her family. Known for her kindness, generosity, and unwavering love for her family, Nancy was a pillar of strength and grace. The last few years of her life were challenging as her health continually declined. She struggled and fought to do normal, everyday tasks, but her poor body would not cooperate.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and PSWs that cared for Nancy during the last couple of weeks. The staff at Grand River Hospital, 8C wing was so compassionate to her during those last days and we are very grateful.

Cremation has taken place. A private family celebration of life will be held at a later date to honour Nancy’s life.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre, a place that played a big part in the lives of some of her family members and continues to do so. Condolences for the family and donations may be arranged at