Jeanne L. Wiley, 84

Docent, musician

February 16, 2007

Jeanne L. Wiley, a homemaker, musician and museum docent, died Tuesday from complications of arthritis at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Timonium resident was 84.

The former Jeanne Love was born and raised in Charlotte, N.C., and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1942 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

During World War II, Mrs. Wiley held several civil service jobs in Washington and later took a job at the Navy Department, recruiting clerical workers.

She was married in 1945 to William R. Riley Jr., now a retired manager of employee relations for Container Corp. of America.

From 1945 to 1950, Mrs. Wiley worked as an executive assistant at the old Light Street plant of McCormick & Co.

A violinist from an early age, Mrs. Wiley joined the Charlotte (N.C.) Symphony Orchestra in her teens and joined the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra in 1941.

During the 1960s, she was one of the founders of the old Goucher-Hopkins Symphony Orchestra.

She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution and had been a volunteer docent at historic Hampton Mansion. She was also a fundraiser for the National World War II Memorial in Washington that was dedicated in 2004.

She was an avid bridge player and devoted Tarheels basketball fan.

Mrs. Wiley was a member, Sunday school teacher and choir member of Havenwood Presbyterian Church, 100 E. Ridgely Road, Lutherville, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today.

Also surviving are two sons, Douglas S. Wiley of Timonium and Donald S. Wiley of Annapolis; a daughter, Alison J. Wiley of Arlington, Va.; a sister, Franklyn Gattis of Charlotte; and four grandchildren.

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