Mary Jane Riley

Mary Jane Riley, 72, passed away February 24, 2019, at Fair Meadow Home in Billings, Montana. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 10, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Crosby, N.D.

Mary was born in Holdrege, Nebraska, to William and Alma (Turner) Riley. Mary was the second oldest of six children and attended school in communities throughout the South, Midwest and West where the family resided. She graduated from Holy Rosary High School in Bozeman, Montana, in 1964, and attended college at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana. Mary married Brian Badenoch in 1966. They had three children, Timothy, Akili, and Alexander. The family resided in Seattle, Washington, St. Louis, Missouri, and Rochester, New York. Mary and Brian were divorced in 1977. Mary returned to the Midwest, nearer her family, and eventually returned to Montana, residing in Bozeman, Butte, and lastly in Billings.

Mary was a source of great joy to those who knew her; fiercely loving, observant, generous, funny, obstinate, both gregarious and deeply introverted at once. Her talent for speaking and acting began to emerge in her high school years and she continued to be active in community theater into her adult life. This talent was always in evidence when she told stories of her early life, as she often did. A song was seldom more than a whim or free association away from her lips. She enjoyed the absurd and ironic with a streak of dark humor that stood her in great stead and was evidenced in her bone-shaking, side-splitting laughter. Her many obstacles she faced with both a fierce stubbornness and a deep faith in the Lord.

She is survived by her children, Timothy Badenoch, Akili Atkinson, and Alexander Badenoch (Katharine MacDonald), grandchildren, Jarid Atkinson, Jazmin Atkinson, and Morag Badenoch, sisters Celia Frey (Ed Frey), Martha Bryan (Russ Bryan), Katherine Garbel (Don Garbel) and brother James Riley, and many nieces and nephews and their families.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, William and Alma, and her sister, Georgia Riley.

Stakston-Martin Funeral Home of Crosby, N.D., is in charge of arrangements.