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Friday, March 26, 2021

Obituary - Jennifer Inez Riley

It is with great sorrow that the family of Jennifer Inez Riley, 71, of Peculiar, MO, announce her unexpected and sudden passing on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Belton Research Hospital in Belton, Missouri. 

The family will receive friends from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 27, 2021 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, MO with a Celebration of Life service immediately following at 11:00 a.m. 

The family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation in her honor to the National Kidney Foundation, American Cancer Society or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, three of Jenny’s favorite charities.

Jenny was born October 26, 1949 in Kansas City, MO, a daughter of John Donovan and Elizabeth Inez (Brown) Henson, Sr. She was a 1968 graduate of Raytown, MO High School and lived in the Kansas City area before moving to Peculiar in 1979. Jenny was united in marriage to Michael Riley on July 14, 2001. She was a professional caregiver, helping many people with their daily activities, health needs and friendship in what were for some the most difficult times of their lives. Jenny’s passion was people; her heart so filled with compassion and love for others. She was an incredibly generous woman, supporting many charities close to her heart. She rarely met a stranger. Laughter to her was the best medicine and family always came first.

Jenny was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, John D. Henson, her daughter Dawn’s father, Rod Jackson, and several close family members and beloved friends. She is survived by her husband, Michael Riley of Peculiar, MO; her children, Dawn (Mike) Depew of Creighton, MO and Josh (Jenny) Quillin of Harrisonville, MO; her step-children, Jack Perreault of Auburn, Maine, William (Elena) Paul of Boise, ID, Zachary (Julie) Riley of San Antonio, TX, and Breanne Riley of San Antonio, TX; her grandchildren, Samantha (Jordan) Talley, Jacklyn Armintrout, Bee Swanson, Harley Johansson, Bleu Swanson, Luke Swanson, Alex Gutierrez, Eva Paul, Laurence Paul; her great-granddaughter, Daliya Talley; her sisters, Becky Ward of Blue Springs, MO and Cindy Henson of Blue Springs, MO; her son Josh’s father, Rick Quillin of Olathe, KS; and many more aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends whom she loved.