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Paul Wilkinson
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 09:11
Miss Doris Riley
Local historian and naturalist Doris Riley sadly passed away yesterday in Manorlands.

Doris had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the locality and made an invaluable contribution to preserving the history and heritage of the village, her books are treasures.

I have very fond personal memories of Doris. Despite her frail appearance in recent years, she was as sharp as a button and had a great sense of humour.

She will be missed.

Sutton-in-Craven Parish Council
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 10:58
Ms Doris Rileys' commitment in helping our community both in her knowledge and generosity is sincerely appreciated.

A rose garden in the Park will be dedicated in her honour.

She will not be forgotten.

Sutton Parish Council
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 12:44
I would like to add my condolences regarding the very sad passing of Miss Doris Riley.

She was a huge fountain of knowledge and was always spritely and happy to chat to anyone. Sutton Village has lost a gem.

Josie Walsh
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 17:33
I would like to express my sympathies to the family of Miss Doris Riley, a really nice lady who helped me more than once with local family history queries, she will be very sadly missed in the village, her little books will be a fitting remembrance of her.
Peter Whitaker
Cross Hills
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 19:46
I had known Doris all my working life both as a customer and friend, I always was amazed at her, in some cases, first hand knowledge of the village of Sutton. She was most helpful to both myself and the late Alec Wood when we published postcard books on South Craven, I will miss her occasional blunt nature however although a Glusburner really I and all of the villagers of Sutton surely cannot imagine Sutton in Craven without Doris!
Thursday, January 15, 2009 05:55
May my wife and I also express our deepest sympathy to Doris's family.

Doris was very welcoming to us when we moved to Sutton several years ago.

Whilst enquiring about the history of the village to our new neighbours, they told us about Doris.

One telephone call later and Doris had invited us round to her house on Raspberry Place. She was a veritable fountain of knowledge on Sutton and the surrounding area. She even managed to sell us two of her books!

What a fantastic lady!!

You will be dearly missed.
Friday, January 16, 2009 07:23
It is indeed a loss to the village, she was a fountain of information and it was never too much trouble to help with any questions about the village.

Does anyone know the funeral arrangements because I have not been able to find it in the paper?
Sam Riley
Newton Rigg College
Friday, January 16, 2009 10:01
Doris's Funeral will be on Friday 23rd Jan at Sutton Baptist Chapel.

At present I cannot remember the time, but father is currently on with putting notices up in the local post offices, so watch there.

I will try and put the correct time up on this forum, once I have had chance to speak to him.


Sam Riley
janet hargreaves
Friday, January 16, 2009 12:19
Further to the message from Sam - the time is 2pm

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