She was born in Austin, Minn., September 25, 1922 to Albert and Caroline Nelsen. She was a graduate of Central High School in Austin and attended Strayer Business College and Stenotype Institute in Washington, D.C. She was Lutheran by faith and sang in the St. Olaf Choir for several years.
Mrs. Riley was office receptionist for the Hormel Company in Austin prior to joining the FBI in Washington, D.C. Later she was employed by the District of Columbia Recreation Department as clerk of their board. The urge to travel took her to French Morocco as a Civil Service employee, then to Colorado to help build the Air Force Academy, then to the Panama Canal Zone.
There she met and married her Air Force husband, Dick N. Riley, formerly of Lyon County. His assignments took them to California, Alabama, Taiwan, Ohio and finally Florida where they lived and retired. She enjoyed sewing and knitting and later in life, golf and bridge became her hobbies.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Dick N. Riley; one son Daniel Riley of Tallahasee; one daughter Linda Vause and her husband, Paul of Tallahassee; one grandson Dustin Riley, as well as several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grand- nephews.
She is survived locally by a nephew, Joe Riley and his wife Connie, of Eddyville and a niece, Jo Patton and her husband, Ronnie, also of Eddyville.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by three brothers, Raymond “Swede” Nelsen, Nels Donald “Pony” Nelsen and Maurice “Mo” Nelsen.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Soundside Officers Club, Hurlbert Field Military Base. For military base security purposes, your attendance for this service must be notified to the base prior to the service date. Call 1-800-204-3238 to RSVP by April 17th notifying the base that you will be attending.
Private interment services will be held at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla. at a later date.
Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to lakelandchapel.com
This is a paid obituary.