Salem — Mrs. Barbara Ann (Queenan) Riley, 62, of Salem, beloved wife of Mark Joseph Riley, retired City of Salem Police Officer, died January 3rd, 2013, following a remarkable battle with cancer, bravely–fought with an abundant passion for life that impressed even her doctors and caregivers.
Born in Beverly, Barbara was a devoted daughter of the late John F. and Winifred (Carroll) Queenan. Barbara was raised and educated in Salem, graduating from Salem High School and later continuing her education at North Shore Community College.
Barbara was first employed as a mail clerk, at the former Holyoke Insurance Company of Salem, thereafter, Barbara was not just a hard-working, dedicated employee of Wayne Alarm Systems in Lynn, but was truly instrumental in building the business from the ground up. Barbara was with Wayne Alarm Systems for more than twenty-five years as Office Manager until her recent illness. She was a longtime member of the Lynn Chamber of Commerce and the North Shore Chamber of Commerce.
Barbara, a caring, generous "people-person," was dedicated not only to her family but her profession and community as well. When someone was in need, or something needed to be done — Barbara would gladly be there, with tenacity and resolve for the task at hand. Barbara, in her quiet, reserved manner, loathed being the center of attention and desired no recognition for her accomplishments — no matter how momentous. Barbara shared forty-four years of marriage with her devoted, loving husband Mark, who cherished her more than words can define. Barbara’s love for her family was boundless. She was an extraordinary hostess of countless family holidays and celebrations — no small feat given her extensive, loving family. Barbara shall always be remembered for her beautiful smile, and unwavering devotion, to her family, her friends and even strangers in need. Her caring, generous heart of gold could always be seen in her sparkling Irish eyes.
Barbara relished a brisk walk — often with her “granddog” Packer. She loved nature, being outdoors, traveling and meeting new people. She enjoyed shopping and her daily workouts, but her utmost passion was time spent with her adoring family and doting over her cherished, precious grandchildren.
In addition to her loving husband, Barbara is survived by her daughter and closest confidant, Melissa J. Saraiva and her husband James of Salem, MA; her sons, Mark J. Riley, Jr. and his wife Nancy of Ft. Pierce, FL, and David K. Riley and his wife Kelly of Raleigh, NC; her grandchildren, Amanda Saraiva, Casey, Abigail, Sarah, Braedon and (newborn) Zachary Riley. Barbara also leaves her siblings, Margaret Roberts and her husband Norman of Salem, George Queenan and his wife Patty of Salem, Joanne Comerford and James Camire of Methuen, Kathleen McMath of Salem, John Queenan and his wife Joanne of Salisbury, Ann M. Richardson of Salem and Patrick Queenan and his wife Laura of North Andover. Predeceased by brothers Paul E. and Gary R. Queenan. Barbara also leaves many cherished nieces and nephews and countless friends.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her Funeral will be held from The O’Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Square (at Salem Common), Salem, Wednesday, January 9th, at 7:45 a.m. followed by her funeral Mass in St. Pius V. Church, Maple St., Lynn, at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours are Tuesday, January 8th, from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Barbara’s memory to Lung Cancer Research c/o Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th fl., Brookline, MA 02445. To share a memory, or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.