Erica Antoinette Riley

Born on October 23, 1980, Erica Antoinette Riley was the youngest child of Irma Jean Johnson and Jessie Riley Sr. of Milwaukee, WI. Affectionately known amongst her older siblings as “The Baby”, Erica was also a spark plug with a heart of gold, meaning that even though she would read, argue or debate anyone under the table, she was also there for and would give her last to anyone in need.

Erica graduated in 2005 from UW-Whitewater with a degree in Political Science, and dreams of attending law school.

She decided to forgo law school when she found her niche in intellectual property and trademarking. She worked as an IP and trademarking paralegal for such companies as TGI Friday’s, Harley Davidson. Until her passing on January 25, 2022, Erica served as Senior Marketing Connections Consultant (IP and Brand) at Blue Cross Blue Shield in Richardson, TX. Because Erica also had a lifelong passion for all things beauty, she also obtained a license of cosmetology from Paul Mitchell.

Erica’s transition is preceded by her parents, and siblings Angela Faye Johnson and Carl (Sandra) Riley.

Erica leaves behind many smiles and cherished memories with siblings Jessica Riley, Shawn Riley, and Keiba Johnson, all of Milwaukee, WI, Latonya Johnson, Patrick (Comanicasha) Johnson, Karen Johnson, Tracy (Adedayo) Ogunwale, all of Dallas, TX, Michael Jefferson of Hattiesburg, MS, Kimberly Duncan and Katrina Johnson of Natchez, MS, Willie (Tina) Johnson of Atlanta GA, Joanie (Frank) Green, Alice (Terrance) Pugh, Hal (Rhonda) Riley, Joyce Riley-Young and Jessie Riley Jr., all of Milwaukee, WI, Sandra F. Riley of Country Club, IL, nieces and nephews (some to whom she was affectionately known as “Titi Fox”) aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and colleagues.

A Memorial Service for Erica will be held on Friday, February 18, 2022 at 11:00am at Aria Funeral Home, 19310 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75252.


Please leave the family condolences and share memories on this website.
Arrangements under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252

15 replies on “Erica Antoinette Riley”

Bishop Daryl AnDrayus Shaw says:

We are heartbroken in your family’s loss. We know that your loss is Heaven’s gain. We are prying for you. May GOD Strengthen you and May His Holy Spirit give you comfort in your time of need. We love you.

Kristina Pollard says:

I am so praying for your strength during your time of bereavement. May God bless and keep each one of you.

Irene Williams-Jones says:

Praying that the precious memories that you have of your beloved will forever provide you peace. God’s blessings to your family! Charlie and Irene Jones
Hattiesburg, MS

Debra Amos says:

Praying for comfort, peace and strength during this time of bereavement. Pastor Debra Amos

Anonymous says:

WITH DEEP Sympathy may there be comfort in knowing I am here and share in your sorrow peace be under to you and family. 🙏 Jeanette Craig and family.

Jeanette Craig says:

WITH DEEP Sympathy may there be comfort in knowing I am here and share in your sorrow peace be under to you and family. 🙏 Jeanette Craig and family.

Cheryl Jenkins says:

My sincere condolences and prayers to the family of Erica Riley. May she rest in eternal paradise🙏🏽

Anonymous says:

We are praying that the our Lord will comfort mightily, strengthen and wrap this you and your entire family tightly in His loving arms, and grant you all peace that surpasses all understanding.
Lester, and Felita Scott and family. Laurel, MS

Myla Bivins says:

Praying for unspeakable peace during your time of loss.

Crystal Anderson says:

Sending my sincere condolences to the Johnson/Riley family. Praying for family’s strength. Erica, my heart hurts so bad to know your no longer here…
Your life was a blessings,
Your memory is a treasure
You are loved beyond words
And will be missed beyond measure.

Cheryl Jackson says:

May God comfort the entire family with his grace and Mercy during this precious time of bereavement …..Love you all….I pray for Peace and Healing……God Bless🙏🏾


During this time of bereavement, I pray for peace and patience for your family because I know loosing a loved one can be overwhelming. Blessings upon your family Massandra Griffin

Jennifer Cernak says:

Erica was a kind soul and always had a positive attitude. I enjoyed working with her at Blue Cross. She is missed by everyone. My deepest sympathies.

Tonya Paylor says:

Praying that God will strengthen you and surround you with His perfect peace during this difficult time.

Therese Bellar says:

Dear Riley family,
The spark plug you describe above is the Erica I knew too — a delightful, professional colleague. I enjoyed working with her very much and swapping stories of Wisconsin winters. With deepest sympathies.

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