Victoria (Tori) Anne Riley, 26, of O’Fallon, IL, born June 11, 1988 in Cincinnati, OH, passed away on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at her home in O’Fallon, surrounded by her loving family.
Philippians 4:13 is a bible verse often interpreted as meaning that we can accomplish anything we want through Christ who strengthens us. The real meaning is we can accept and handle all things, whether good or bad, through Christ who strengthens us. Tori knew the real meaning. She found her strength in Christ to accept and handle all good and bad that came her way. We all saw that in her even more so when she began her battle against colon cancer over two years ago on July 12, 2012.
She fought hard, she did not complain, she just did what she had to do and moved on. She knew that the Lord was in control and would see her through. Her faith was evident in her life and she depended on the Lord for her strength and her acceptance that this was a battle in her life that she had to go through. We have all been amazed at her and blessed beyond measure by the example she set in this. She has been an inspiration to many during her life and will continue to be. Those of her closest family and friends have enjoyed her smile, her kindness, her laughter, her compassion, and just simply her. They will all miss the beautiful shining light that she was. Even those that only knew Tori through her fundraising and supporting group, Team Tori, could see the beautiful person she was inside and out.
Thousands of people rallied around her to help in any way they could with this fight. Through all of this, cancer did not define who she was. Tori was a young and vibrant woman who had many goals in life, one of which included graduating from Paul Mitchell Academy. She loved to bring the beauty out in others. She also had plans to pursue a degree in criminal justice. Tori had a huge giving heart and doing for others was important to her. She also had a way of making those around her feel special and could turn anyone’s frown to a smile.
One of the many wonderful things that we can appreciate about Tori is that she knew her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was prepared to go home to be with Him when it was time. She left with dignity, lying in her mother’s arms and holding her dad’s hand, the way she came into this world.
Victoria was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandparents, David and Berneice West, and her paternal great-grandfather, Angelo Puglisi.
Tori is survived by her parents, Lisa Medders, and Richard and Michelle Riley; siblings, Angelo Riley, Jessica Castillo, Kendra Turner, Ryan Hebel, and Lorenzo C. Ross; paternal grandparents, Ronald and Catherine Riley; paternal grandfather, Jack Fuche; maternal grandparents, Bill and Lawanda Medders; maternal grandmother, Ann Flowers; maternal grandparents, Wendell and Elizabeth Allen; paternal great-grandmother, Alice Puglisi; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Memorials may be made to the Victoria Riley Trust Fund, First National Bank, 350 Hartman Ln, O Fallon, IL 62269. Condolences may be extended to the family online at www.schildknechtfh.com
Visitation was held on Friday, August 29, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church O’Fallon, 1111 E. Highway 50 O’Fallon, IL 62269.
A Funeral Service was held on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church O’Fallon with James Crace officiating.
Interment followed at O’Fallon City Cemetery, O’Fallon, IL.
Arrangements were entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.