Donna Joann Riley-Gordon, 50, of Effingham passed away Thursday (May 24, 2012) at her residence.

She was born March 19, 1962 at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital in Effingham the daughter of Don and Wilma (Larimore) Riley. She married Darrell Gordon May 16, 1981 at the First Christian Church in Cowden.

She was a graduate of Beecher City High School and received her Bachelors Degree in Journalism from Easter Illinois University. She was managing editor at the Effingham Daily News for nearly 20 years and member and past president of the Illinois Press Association.

Donna was an avid Bruce Springsteen fan, enjoyed reading, writing and most of all her family.

Surviving are her husband, Darrell; children, Dylan Gordon of Effingham, Tyler (Brandi) Gordon of Cowden and Myka Gordon of Effingham; granddaughter, McKinley; parents Don and Wilma Riley of Beecher City; brother, Jack (Donna) Riley of Beecher City and nieces and nephews.

Private family services will be held. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are by Lockart-Green Funeral Home, Beecher City.