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Anne Louise Wood Riley

June 2, 1942 December 31, 2018
Anne Louise Wood Riley
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Anne Louise Wood Riley
June 2, 1942 ~ December 31, 2018
Anne W. Riley, 76, of Mountain View, California passed away Monday, December 31, 2018 at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Clara, California from complications of diabetes. She was born in Evanston, Illinois on June 2, 1942 to Augustus Rawson Wood and Esther Rebecca (Kaufman) Wood.  She had one older brother George Ellery Wood.
At a young age Anne and her family moved from Illinois to California, eventually settling in Palo Alto. Anne attended Palo Alto High School but had to finish her diploma at night school after becoming pregnant at 17. She later returned to college earning a Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree at Santa Clara University and a PhD. in Philosophy of Clinical Psychology from the California Graduate School of Psychology in 1990. After graduating she worked at the Giarretto Institute in San Jose as a Marriage and Family Counselor.
On December 31, 1958, Anne and Delmer Williamson were married. They had one child, Kathleen Anne Williamson, born July 30, 1959.  Anne later married Kent Riley on August 28, 1965 and Joseph Jowdy in September of 1989.
Anne loved to travel the world but unfortunately was in China in 1994 when she suffered a stroke and was taken to a local hospital with minimal medical facilities. Unable to travel back to the U.S.A. immediately she sustained lifelong complications. When she was able to travel to a hospital in California, she received so many flowers from family and friends that the nurses had to roll in extra tables to hold them.
In addition to the effects from her stroke she struggled with complications from diabetes over the years. So many people loved her as she always tried to maintain a positive attitude.
Anne was preceded in death by her brother, George; mother, Esther; father, Augustus; and husbands, Delmer, Kent and Joseph.  She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen (Williamson) Bylsma; son-in-law, Robert Bylsma; and her granddaughter Alison Murchek of Mountain View, California.  Anne will be laid to rest at her family’s lot in Graceland Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois.

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