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Elva Riley


January 3, 2018

Elva Riley, 90, passed away peacefully on Dec. 23, 2017. She was born in Black Rock, Washington, on Dec. 10, 1927, to John and Eva Bronkhorst.

She married Grover Riley Sr. on Aug. 25, 1947. They lived in an old school house in Goldendale where they raised their three children: Barbara (Mike) Goldsmith, John (Dee) Riley, & Grover Thurman (Sheila) Riley Jr. Elva drove school bus for the Goldendale school district and was also a teacher assistant. After retirement, Grover and Elva moved to Yakima in 2003 to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Elva enjoyed many things in life. She was an avid painter, seamstress, and quilter. She liked to pass the time with word search puzzles and...

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