Mary Melinda Riley-Sumrall
Mary Melinda Riley-Sumrall passed away Saturday December 10, 2022, after a short battle with Alzheimer’s.
Melinda, as she was affectionately known, was born on September 4, 1947, to William and Marie Riley of Houston, Texas. She was a graduate of Westbury High school and in later years went back to school at Northeastern State University where she earned her Master’s degree in psychology. After graduation she applied her degree in her field working for the state of Texas until she retired.
Melinda was survived in life by her husband, Larry Sumrall; her sister and brother in-law, Jo and Gary Lewis; children, William (Pam) Swanks, Jr., Shannon (Jason) Wilson, Joey (Kelly) Riley, Stacy (Lisa) McDonald and Steve (Susan) Sumrall; grandchildren, Allan Parris, Josh Parris, Ashley (Rick) Cotton, Katie Eastwood, Clayton (Bailey) Swanks, Justin (Keilea) Sumrall, Hunter (Rikki) Wilson, Chase (Katie) Wilson, Tatum Riley, Will Riley, Riley McDonald, Leah Riley; and great-grandchildren, Oaklyn Eastwood, Wilder Wilson, Trip Cotton, and Cori Wilson; niece, Kendra Lewis; nephew, Tyler (Lisa) Lewis; great-niece, Breanna Hess; and great-nephew, Griffin.
Melinda loved traveling after retirement and visiting with family and friends no matter where they happen to be. She never met a stranger and formed many lasting friendships. Melinda treasured her time with family (especially grandchildren) and friends at the lake or the deer lease. If not with her family, you could find her curled up with a good book.
Melinda’s request was there were no services to be held, she will be cremated and ashes buried in family plot in Webbers Falls, Oklahoma.
Her cremation arrangements were handled through Broussard’s Crematorium under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.
In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation in Melinda’s name at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105 Donate online or Alzheimer’s Association | Donate to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.