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Family of Elta (Dawson) and Gene Riley

Elta's life was marked by the early and tragic death of her husband, Eugene "Gene" Carl Riley, at Christmas, 1938. After the house fire that took Gene's life, Elta had a long period of convalescence. With hands and arms badly burned, she stayed with her sister Edith Karns for many weeks. Meanwhile, their daughter, Sara Jean Riley, lived with another sister, Verna Karns. Elta was a very private person, not participating in family activities as freely as did most of her siblings. She kept an extensive collection of family photographs, which did not come to light until after the death of her daughter Sara in 2005.
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01-Elta's future husband
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02-Elta's future husband
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03-Elta's future husband
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04-Gene Riley's Kinsley High transcript
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05-Gene Riley's application form, 1916
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06-Gene Riley's Baker transcript, 1917
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07-Enlistment record, Gene Riley, 1918
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08-Discharge paper, Gene Riley, 1919
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09-Elta, Gene, and friend, maybe 1921
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10-Portrait, Gene Riley
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11-Wedding announcement, 1927
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12-Gene Riley, about 1930
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13-Gene Riley and daughter Sara
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14-Lillian, Gene's mother
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15-Lillian, Gene's mother, 1956
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16-Lillian, Gene Riley's mother
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17-Sayre relatives of Gene Riley
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18-Fuzzy close-up of Lillian
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19-Gene Riley's grandfather Charles Sayre
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20-Gene's Craft nieces and nephews
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21-Roger Craft, Gene's nephew, 1950
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22-Elta and a Dawson relative
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23-Elta and Sara, 1952
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24-Elta and sisters, 1970
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