Deborah Mae (Thomas) Riley

April 11, 1963 ~ July 11, 2020 (age 57)


Deborah Mae Riley, age 57 of Norwell, passed away peacefully on July 11, 2020 surrounded by her family.

Deborah was a cherished wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, nana, and friend. Deborah was loved by anyone that had the pleasure of knowing her. She was kind, thoughtful, compassionate, smart, beautiful, charismatic, nurturing, full of life and laughter, and the heart of the family.

Deborah was born in Kittery Maine on April 11, 1963. She is the daughter of John and Nancy Thomas of Hingham, she was very close with her parents. Deborah is survived by her beloved husband Paul Riley, and her three children Paul Riley Jr., Melissa Staples, and Jessica Riley. She is also survived by her parents John and Nancy Thomas, her sister Susan Lyons and her brother Steven Thomas, her beloved grandson Samuel Riley,  along with a beautiful, close knit extended family.

Debbie loved her life and everyone that was a part of it. Most nights you would find her on a blissful walk in the woods, having a meal with her family, working on her garden, or visiting with friends. She loved to be at the beach with her family. Her husband Paul, also her beloved high school sweet heart was her best friend; they were inseparable. They enjoyed daily walks in the trails of Norwell with the family dog. They danced, they laughed, and most importantly they taught their children what true love looks like. To all who knew her Debbie was the kind of person that would always be there for you. Above all else Debbie’s joy in life was raising her children. Her children describe her as the mother everyone wishes they had. She taught them how to navigate life with grace and confidence. She devoted her life to her family. Her strength is just one of the greatest gift she gave her children. Deborah radiated positivity and love. She truly was our joy. She loved the holidays with family and she was so proud to be a nana. We are left with the warm memories and comforting legacy of a vibrant woman who made the world a better place for all who knew her.

We will celebrate her life at Mcnamara Sparrell in Norwell on Friday July 17th from 4-7pm. She will be laid to rest at Stetson Meadows in Norwell on Saturday July 18th at 12:30pm. Friends and family are welcome. Covid-19 regulations apply.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Debbie’s memory may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute of Boston.

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July 17, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home
30 Central Street, P.O. Box 327
Norwell, MA 02061

Graveside Service
July 18, 2020

12:30 PM
Stetson Meadows Cemetery, Norwell

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