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Alvera Anderson Riley, 98, of Gloucester, passed away after a lifetime that spanned almost a century, on Aug. 30, 2011 at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital.

Mrs. Riley was a voracious reader and enjoyed reading the Washington Post. She was a divine cook, talented seamstress, and loved shopping trips. She was dedicated to her family and spending time with them. Mrs. Riley had an independent spirit, strong principles, and a great sense of humor. She will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her devoted son and daughter-in-law, James and Kathleen Kirkley; three beautiful granddaughters, Kara Perkins, Kelley Blake and Krista Kirkley, and loving grandson, James Kirkley Jr. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Dylan, Kylie, Zachary and Kingston.

Graveside memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 1301 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Md. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery.

To honor her memory contributions may be made to St. Therese Catholic Church, 6262 Main Street, Gloucester, Va. 23061.