Video Memory Play Video RISLEY, GLORIA E., age 80, passed away peacefully at her home after a long illness in Harrison Township, Mich., surrounded by her family on November 24, 2014. Gloria was born in Detroit on May 17, 1934; daughter of the late Theodore and Elsa (Sniesak) Witkowski. She helped to raise her brother, Teddy while her parents worked. She graduated from Mount Clemens High School, where she met and then married the love of her life Charles Risley. They wed at St. Louis Catholic Church on July 16, 1955. Together they traveled extensively overseas, living in Turkey and Italy and gave birth to her youngest daughter, Carrie, in Rome. They then moved to Slidell, Louisiana, for eight years before moving back to Michigan returning to the home on Lake St. Clair that they bought when they wed in 1955 and remodeled it. Gloria worked 17 years for St. Joseph Hospital as a receptionist, was a member of the ladies auxiliary and was trained to provide hospice care. She then cared for her grandmother and her parents in her home until their death. Gloria loved to garden, go to the casino, and play bridge with their card club of close friends. She was a great story teller of the many hurricanes’ the family lived through, and the kidnapping and rescue of her husband, as well as all their travel stories. Gloria is survived by her devoted and loving husband and caregiver of almost 60 years, Charles Risley; three children, Cynthia (William A. III) Bechill, Lawrence (Debra) Risley, and Carrie (Dave) Conklin; ten grandchildren, Suzanne (Aaron) Hickman, Lynn (Brian) Dujardin, Shannon (Steve) Lyons, Erin Bechill, William (Laura) Bechill IV, Michael, Ashley, Kristina, and Kimberly Risley, and David Conklin, Jr.; and ten great -grandchildren, Kyle and Brandon Maxson, Andrew, Lauren, and Kaitlin Kerr, Adam Hickman, Kyleigh and Alaina Dujardin, Paul and Billy (V) Bechill; a brother, Theodore Witkowski; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert (Cindy) Risley and David (Debbie) Risley all of Florida, Marilyn Risley of Pa.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends of the bridge club. She was assisted the last few years by her loving family, and by caring companions Nancy, Stacy, and Katie. Besides her parents, Theodore and Elsa Witkowski, she was predeceased by her sister-in-law, Judith Witkowski. Visitation will be held Sunday, November 30, 2014 from 2-9 p.m. at Resurrection Funeral Home, 40800 Hayes Rd., Clinton Twp, MI 48038. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 10 a.m. with Father David Bechill, presiding. Burial will take place immediately following at Resurrection Cemetery, 18201 Clinton River Road, Clinton Twp., MI 48038. Memorial contributions may be directed to the MS Society or ; .Published in Daily Tribune on Nov. 29, 2014+Read More Share Listen to Obituary Remember Share a message, photo, or video below View all messages 8 "Going over photos and video and feeling the distance. So..." "May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your..."- American Heart Association"Cynthia, It looks like your mom lived a rich and full life. I..."- Roslyn White"Gloria was the salt of the earth. We only wish we could..."- Frank and Donna DiSabatino"May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your..."- American Heart Association Add a memory or condolence to the guest book Add Message Please add or record a video for the family of Gloria Risley Add a video + Please add a photo and share in the life story for Gloria Risley Add a photo +