Maura Therese Kiley, 80, died as a result of brain/lung cancer on May 23, 2020. Born on May 2, 1940 to the late Roger and Helen (nee Burke) Kiley, she impacted many people through her warmth and compassion.
She graduated from St. Mary’s of Notre Dame with a B.A. in French and Education and earned a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in art from the Art Institute of Chicago. She was an exceptional artist and her passion for art/painting continued her entire life. She taught French, English, and Art in a number of Catholic and public elementary schools in Chicago and Oak Park.
In her 20s, she worked for Department of Defense, teaching French and English at Camp Drake in Japan. While there, she, traveled all over the Far East with friends, enjoying her travels immensely.
She worked for the city of Chicago’s Office of Manpower as chief training officer and was active in politics.
She was a real estate broker for over 11 years in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood and enjoyed several years of peaceful retirement in Wisconsin before returning to live in Chicago and later, Oak Park.
She was generous, creative, selfless, and a woman of many talents. Her infectious smile, and passion for the underdog will be sorely missed by her brothers, sisters, cousins, many nieces and nephews, and her many friends.
Maura is survived by her sisters, Dee (the late Raymond) LeFevour, Gillian (James P) Carey, and her brothers, John (Carolyn) Kiley, and Roger Jr. (Alvina) Kiley. She was predeceased by her sister, Kathleen Kiley. She was the aunt and cousin to many generations.
Maura’s family will hold a private memorial service in June remembering her love and uniqueness with grieving hearts. Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.