July 24, 1964 ~ November 10, 2022

Born in: Berlin, Germany
Resided in: Bryan, Texas

On November 10, 2022, after a lengthy battle with cancer, Brenda Sue Riley passed away at home in Bryan, Texas with family by her side. During her 58 years on earth, Brenda lived life to the fullest and thanks everyone for their love and friendship. Rosary will be recited beginning at 11am, and followed by the Mass of Christian Burial, at St. Joseph Catholic Church – Bryan, Wednesday, November 16, 2022. Dr. Riley’s family will receive guests immediately following the Mass in the parish activity center for a reception. Private interment will be at the Memorial Cemetery of College Station in the Aggie Field of Honor.  The family asks that those wanting to make donations do so to the Sam Houston State food pantry, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or the Trevor Project.  Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers, Bryan – College Station.

Brenda is survived by her parents, Colonel James and Barbara Riley of Bryan; sister Carolyn and husband, Michael Sherman of Friendswood; niece LTC Heather CRNA/DNP and husband, Victor Leal, and children Andrew, Andrea, and Adrian of Schertz; and second mother, Aunt Bernie Riley of Huntsville. Brenda also had a large extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who were an especially important part of her life.

Born in a U.S. Hospital in occupied Berlin, Germany on July 24th, 1964. as a military dependent, Brenda attended numerous schools in Belgium, Georgia, Kansas, Texas, and Rhode Island. She received her BA from Texas Tech and her MBA and PhD from Sam Houston State University.

Her field of expertise was in Criminal justice having spent over a decade with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice followed by academic professorships at Texas A&M Tarleton and Texarkana concluding with St. Edwards University in Austin.

Brenda Sue loved life and those whose diverse lives crossed her earthly journey. Her motto was “Be kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.” – Ian Maclaren. Brenda was blessed with many special friends, especially childhood friend John Cameron Mitchell and college classmate Victor Ramirez. They were always there for her during her last days.

Thank you to Hospice Brazos Valley and dear friend, Fern Hibbard, for the incredible compassion and thoughtfulness shown to Brenda in her final weeks.


Rosary: November 16, 2022 11:00 am

St. Joseph Catholic Church
507 East 26th Street
Bryan, TX 77803

(979) 822-2721

Mass of Christian Burial: November 16, 2022 11:20 am

St. Joseph Catholic Church
507 East 26th Street
Bryan, TX 77803

(979) 822-2721

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  1. For the last couple of months, I have maintained a running text thread with Brenda and Angie Sikorski. Reading back through it now, I am inspired by Brenda’s steady warmth, kindness, and good cheer. Her health declined; her spirit did not. She lit up every room she entered and made people happy. As a professor, she was that rare one who challenged her students to high standards and loved them unequivocally. What a great soul!

  2. To the Riley family:
    Andrea and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of your beloved Brenda. We have always had immense respect for Brenda and will mourn her loss. We pray that God will wrap his loving arms around the entire family during this traumatic time.

  3. Barba, Jim and loving family. With tears of saddness there must also be tears of pride for a life well lived and a well lived life. Our hearts and prayers are with you now and always. Robert and Marylin

  4. I am saddened to learn of the passing of this true jewel. Brenda was one of the kindest, compassionate and positive individual I have ever worked with. She found the positive in every situation and always found a way to help us doing our jobs.

    My heartfelt condolences to the Riley family and Brenda’s friends.

  5. Barb and Jim, I am so sorry for your loss! I can’t begin to imagine the pain of losing a child. I do know that you are people of faith. Faith is what brought me through lesser pain and sorrows. Sometimes death to this world is the greatest cure. May Brenda be resting in a peace and happiness unknown to us and may God bless you both with the consolation of His love and peace. Love and prayers, Judy Tharp

  6. Barbara and Jim,
    What a loss! But what pride you can take in the fine human being you brought up and in her remarkable accomplishments that touched and continue to bless so many other lives…yours first of all. Our prayers are with her.
    It was hard to accept that we could not be there for Brenda’s service yesterday. Doc, now 98, and I, 94, are reluctantly learning our limitations.
    Peace and love,
    The Wagamons

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