She was a member of Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church, The Refugio County Historical Society, Refugio County Historical Commission and had served on the Refugio City Council.
Reilly represented Refugio County for the Texas Tropical Trail membership group. She was also a long-time member of the American Cancer Society.
She was named Refugio County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 1993. She received the South Texas Outstanding Woman’s award and the Refugio County Senior Citizen award for 1995. She also served on the Republican Senatorial Advisory Board in Washington, D.C. for several years. She was the director of the Refugio County Museum from 1990 to 2007.
She was born in Athens, La., on Nov. 9, 1928, to David Lamar and Opal Rogers Henry.
Reilly is preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Toni Nanette Reilly; and one son, Samuel David Reilly.
Survivors include her husband, Allen Edward Reilly of Refugio; one daughter, Judith Anne Reilly Gilley and her husband, John Howland Gilley III. of Victoria; two sons, Allen Edward Reilly Jr. and his wife Melinda of Refugio; and Michael Neil Reilly of Uvalde; one sister, Bobbie Sue Stockton of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and one brother, James Rogers Henry and wife, Penny, of Refugio; and she was “Ama” to eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren and their friends.
Rosary was recited at Our Lady of Refuge Church at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011. Funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28. Burial was in Refugio.
Pallbearers were grandsons, Allen E. Reilly III, Samuel David Reilly Jr., John Howland Gilley IV., James Henry Gilley, and Clayton Allen Reilly and her nephew, Gary Rogers Henry.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested for the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements through Moore Funeral Home.