Mabel Viola Riley, 96, Minot, and formerly of the Sawyer area, died Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, in a Minot nursing home.
Mabel was born Nov. 17, 1916, the daughter of Wilhelm and Wilhelmine (Redman) Klimpel, on her parents' homestead in Willis Township of Ward County. She was raised on the family farm and educated at Center School. She graduated from Granville High School in 1934. During her younger years, she was employed as a waitress at Empress Cafe in Drake.
Mabel was united in marriage to Arthur Riley on June 4, 1935, at Minot. They made their home on various farms in Willis Township until 1941, when they purchased the Klimpel farmstead and raised small grains and dairy cattle. Mabel's father lived with them for 19 years. They retired in 1978. Art died Sept. 28, 1987. Mabel continued to live on the farm until 1994, when she moved into Minot.
Mabel was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, the LWML and church prayer chain group. She served as the clerk for Willis Township for 12 years, as clerk for the Willis Township Election Board for 40 years, was a former member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Sawyer, with the first meeting of the church's LWML held in her home. She prepared the history for the Willis Township section in the "People of the Prairie" book. She was also a member of the Freedom Farmers Union and Senior Citizens of Minot.
Mabel enjoyed embroidery, quilting, gardening, fishing and going to horse races in Canada.
Her loving family includes: children, Larry (Ivy) Riley, Moses Lake, Wash., Archie (Patty) Riley, Moses Lake, Wash., and Rochelle (Joel) Howard, Sawyer; seven grandchildren and 13 great- grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; along with a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mabel was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Walter, Awalt, Clarence, Arthur, Lloyd and Willy; and sisters, Elsie, Esther, Olga and Ida.
Funeral service: Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Today, Aug. 14, from 2 to 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).