Mary Elizabeth Riley
Elizabeth Riley of Corolla, NC, died on September 26, 2016, Mary was
born on July 17, 1943 in Norfolk, VA. She was the daughter of the late
William and Hazel Zoby and the mother to eight four-legged children:
Gandolf; Chris; Kerry; Tuck; Bocage; Finn; Seal; and Chip who
Mary is survived by her husband Edward (Pat)
Riley; her two four-legged children, Herbie and Mac; Brothers William
Zoby and wife Brenda; Charlie Zoby; niece, Taber; nephew David; and
best friend, Greta Gustavson.
A graduate of Old Dominion
University with Bachelors and Masters degrees in Education, Mary
retired from the Norfolk school system after nearly 30 years of service.
her many accomplishments, Mary established a branch library in Corolla;
served as volunteer for Corolla Fire and Rescue for twenty years;
worked as a nest mother for the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles; and
was a member of the citizen Advisory Board of the North Carolina
Estuarine Research Reserve. She was also a founding board member of the
Corolla Wild Horse Fund.
Mary’s family would like to thank all
of the medical staff of the Outer Banks Hospital; Sentara Norfolk
General Hospital; Virginia Oncology; and all those who provided care
and support for Mary.
Mary’s deep love for animals resulted in a
better life for countless dogs, cats, and wild horses. Her family
requests that Mary’s life be honored through donations to the Corolla
Wild Horse Fund, P.O. Box 361, Corolla, NC 27927
Plans for a
memorial service for Mary are pending at this time. Condolences may be
expressed via the online register at www.gallopfuneralservicces.com.
Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. 6917 S. Croatan
Hwy. Nags Head, NC 27959