Barb Riley, 70

Barb Riley, 70, of Mt. Pleasant, died Friday, September 1, 2023, in the Hospice Unit of UnityPoint Health/St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

A funeral service for Barb will be held at 3 PM on Friday, September 8 at the Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 N. Main St., Mt. Pleasant. Pastor Aaron Helterbran of the Salem Congregational Church will officiate. Visitation with the family present is from 1-3 PM Friday afternoon. Cremation rites will be accorded following the funeral service.

Memorials may be directed to the family and left at the funeral home. Online condolences may be directed to www.kimzeyfh.com

Barb was born August 4, 1953, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Dorothy Elaine (Huston) Keith. She graduated from Mt. Pleasant Community High School, member of the class of 1971. She then attended cosmetology college in Burlington. On March 3, 1973, at the First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Pleasant, Barb was united in marriage to Lynn Riley.

Barb worked as a hairdresser at Larry Housh’s Shop in Mt. Pleasant. She then worked at the former Pamida store in Mt. Pleasant. For over 30 years, Barb was a resident Treatment Worker at the former Mt. Pleasant Mental Health Institute. For the last 4 years of her time at MHI, Barb worked as a Pharmacy Tech.

Barb was a member of the former Congregational Church in Mt. Pleasant and a member of the AFSCME Union at MHI. She loved going to garage sales and auctions, often picking up a gift for one of her grandchildren, with whom she loved to spend much of her time.

Those thankful for sharing in Barb’s life include her husband of 50 years, Lynn, of Mt. Pleasant; 2 sons, Bill (Jennifer) Riley and Mike (Tiffany) Riley, all of Mt. Pleasant, a daughter-in-law, Sami Riley, of Traer, IA; her mother-in-law, Evelyn Riley, of Mt. Pleasant; 16 grandchildren and 2 brothers.

Her mother Dorothy Keith, son Nick Riley, father-in-law Virgil Riley, and a brother-in-infancy precede Barb in death.