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Dorothy Riley
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Dorothy L. "Dot"
Riley (Reynolds)
1934 - 2018
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Obituary for Dorothy L. "Dot" Riley (Reynolds)

Dorothy L. "Dot"  Riley (Reynolds)
Devoted Wife, Loving Mother, and most Special Grandmother

Dorothy L. “Dot” (Reynolds) Riley, 84, of Westford, died peacefully December 21, 2018, at her home of 50 years, with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of Robert F. Riley.

Born in Beverly, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late John and Edith (Allen) Reynolds. She received her early education in the Beverly school system, and was a proud graduate of Beverly High School with the Class of 1952.

Shortly after he returned from serving in the United States Navy, Robert took Dorothy on a blind date to a Christmas party in Boston, which led to a 55 year long love story. They married on July 12, 1963, settling in Lowell for a few years, before moving to Westford to raise their family.

Dorothy began caring for neighborhood children, always nurturing and teaching them as if they were her own. Eventually, she became affiliated with Kidco in Dracut, and then at Next Generation Child Care in Westford, where she was affectionately known as “Miss Dot”, retiring in 2008.

Dot’s goal in life was to make everyone she met smile. If you met her, you know she succeeded. She cherished every moment spent with family, especially sharing special occasions with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband Robert, she is survived by three children, Charles B. Brooks and his wife Denise of Chelmsford, Robert S. Riley and his wife Christina of North Chelmsford, and Patricia A. Brooks of North Chelmsford. Seven grandchildren, Stacey, Eric, Pamela, Bridgette, Jeremy, Samantha, and Robert. Nine great-grandchildren, Jordan, Kiley, Dominic, Julie, Kaylee, Owen, Jack, Savanna, and Hunter. Also by several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late John A. Reynolds, Marjorie Barnett, and George F. Reynolds Sr.

RILEY – In Westford, December 21, 2018. Dorothy L. (Reynolds) Riley, a longtime resident of Westford, aged 84 years. Beloved wife of Robert F. Riley. Friends will be received at the MORSE-BAYLISS FUNERAL HOME, 122 Princeton Boulevard, Lowell, on Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. Her Funeral Service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Interment is private. Funeral Director, Frederick W. Healy.
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