Helen Erma Ramsey Riley, of Malden, Mo., passed away on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008, at Missouri Southern Healthcare Hospital in Dexter, Mo., at the age of 91 years, 11 months.
She was born March 28, 1916, to Vern C. and Minnie Geiser Ramsey at Chaffee, Scott County, Mo. She is a descendant of some of the original settlers of Cape Girardeau County, Mo. She attended school and graduated from Chaffee High School. She married Kenneth Wayne Riley on June 12, 1939, in Jackson, Cape Girardeau County, Mo. Kenneth was born Sept. 20, 1913, in Fayette County, Ill., and preceded her in death on June 7, 1975. Kenneth and Helen Riley moved to Malden right after their marriage in 1940 where they raised two children, Kenneth Wayne "Kenny" Riley, Jr., and Mary Jeanne Riley.
She was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church in Malden, where she was also a charter member. She had served her church as organist and treasurer for many years. She was active in club work, having been a member of Adene Keller Music Club and Dereign Club. She had worked as secretary for J.B. "Jack" Chadsey, account and auditor, until his death when she retired.
Helen is survived by her daughter, Mary Jeanne Riley Lentz and husband, Ken, of Malden; granddaughter, Dianna Riley Jackson and husband, Jack, of Ft. Smith, Ark.; grandson, Kenneth "Wayne" Riley III and wife, Rachele, of Clarkton, Mo.; grandson, Jeffrey Scott Lentz and wife, Laura, of Columbia, Mo.; great-granddaughters, Heather Cheri Jackson and Ashley Amanda Jackson, of Ft. Smith; great-grandson, Garrett Wayne Riley, of Clarkton and granddaughter-in-law, Tricia Riley.
Preceding Helen in death was her husband, Kenneth; her son, Kenneth Wayne "Kenny" Riley, Jr., and his wife, Brenda Robinson Riley; grandson, Keith Allen Riley and an infant grandson.
Visitation was from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, March 2, at the Landess Funeral Home in Malden. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, March 3, at Grace Lutheran Church, 601 Burkhart in Malden. Burial was in the Memorial Park Cemetery at Malden.