Barb Riley, age 76 of Clear Lake, South Dakota, formerly of Morris, Minnesota, passed away on Monday, June 24, 2019, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Clear Lake, SD.

Visitation for Barb R. Riley will be held on Friday, June 28, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. and a rosary to follow at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, MN, and for one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

Funeral services for Barbara Rae Riley will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris, MN. Celebrant for the mass will be Father Todd Schneider.

Barbara Rae Benson, daughter of Ben and Nettie (Waters) Benson was born on May 22, 1943, near Benson, Minnesota. She attended St. Francis Catholic School in Benson graduating in 1961. Barb was united in marriage to Robert Riley in July of 1961. The couple made their home in Morris. After her children entered school, Barb began working at the Red Owl Grocery Store. She also worked at the Stevens Community Hospital, V.F.W. Club and The Old #1, before retiring in 2008. Barb continued to live in Morris until October of 2018, moving to Clear Lake, South Dakota.

She was a member of the Assumption Catholic Church, Eagles Club, American Legion, and V.F.W. Clubs. Barb was very active in her young years participating in bowling, pool, and dart leagues. She enjoyed sewing and quilting; making many quilts with the ladies down at the Legion. Barb could be found many days listening or watching her beloved Minnesota Twins or Vikings. She was known as being the “Fun Mom”, her children’s friends all thought of her as a second mother. Many hours were spent enjoying BINGO and watching birds. Barb’s most cherished time was spent with friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was always ready to have a fun time.

She is survived by two daughters: Julie (Tom) Tritz of Farwell, MN, and Shawn (Jerry Niemann) Riley of Clear Lake, SD; one son: Tim (Deb) Riley of Cheyenne, WY; three brothers: Randy Benson of Benson, MN, Dennis Benson of Las Vegas, NV, and Rodney (Marti) Benson of Benson, MN; 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Barb was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter: Carrie Riley; two sisters: Allouise Hess, and Mary Cline; and two brothers: Benhard Benson, and Freddy Benson.

Please Remember Barb By Wearing Any Minnesota Twins Or Vikings Apparel To The Visitation.

Pedersen Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


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