Obituary of Edna Lee Reilley |

Obituary of Edna Lee Reilley

Edna Lee Reilley passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at the Golden Empire Nursing and Rehab Center. She was 97.

Edna Lee Faw Reilley was born on Jan. 28, 1919 in Big Timber, Montana to Joseph and Maude Blackburn Faw, who had relocated from North Carolina two years earlier and were homesteaders. She was the first of five children, including twins.

The family moved to Billings, Montana when Lee was 8. Upon graduating from high school, she was a pastry chef at a small hotel there.

Lee later moved to Richmond, California during World War II, where she was a sheet metal inspector at the Kaiser Shipyard. After the war she moved to Stockton, California where she met and married Thomas A. Reilley, who was an owner of a trucking company. She worked as a Centrex switchboard operator for the University of the Pacific. Upon retiring, they spent many years traveling the United States and the world.

While in Stockton, Lee was much involved in the creation of beautiful crafts and baking award winning pies for the San Joaquin County Fair.

After Tom died in 2001, Lee later moved to the Bret Harte Retirement Inn in Grass Valley, California.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews and a step-niece, (Sheila) in Rough and Ready, California.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Howard, Clifford, and Lawrence; and one sister Francis.

Lee donated her remains to the University of California, Davis, in Sacramento, California.

At this time, there will be no memorial service.

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