Barbara Lou Riley, age 87, of Anderson, passed away on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at Ascension St. Vincent Anderson following an extended illness. Barbara was born in Birmingham, AL on November 30, 1933, to the late Robert and Helen (Davis) Leavell.
She graduated in the class of 1952, from Wendell L. Willkie High School in Elwood. She retired from General Motors in 1993, after 30 years of service. A member of Local UAW #663, the Red Hatters, Beta Sigma Phi sorority and St. Joseph Catholic Church of Elwood.
Barbara loved people and spending time with her family. She was the biggest sports fan attending her children's events. Barb was a huge fan of the Colts, Pacers, I U and Notre Dame. She enjoyed organizing and planning, taking an active role in the Lil' Miss and Mr. Pageant for the Elwood Glass Festival, trips with the Red Hatters and her Class of '52 reunions. Her happiest moments were hosting family get togethers surrounded with all of her loved ones under one roof.
Barbara is survived by two sons, Ron (Brenda) Scott of Alexandria and Kevin Riley of Warsaw, two daughters, Linda Morphew of Pulaski, TN and Susan (Don) Etchison of Fishers, nine grandchildren, Jason Scott, Brent Scott, Ashlee Burks, Caleb Morphew, Haylee Morphew Young, Chandos Etchison, Chelsea Listenfelt, Colin Etchison & Courtney Miller, fourteen great grandchildren, Averi & Ella Foust, Kendall & Grayson Scott, Gage Burks, Harper & Monroe Morphew, Dylan Lou Young, Elliott & Audrey Etchison, Skyler, Sophia, Spencer & Stella Listenfelt and Madden Miller, two brothers, Tom Leavell and Rich (Queenie) Leavell of Elwood, one sister Shirley (Don) Alexander, several nieces & nephews.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Robert & Helen Leavell, her first husband, Ralph Scott Jr., and her second husband, Charles Eugene "Gene" Riley, one brother, Robert Leavell.
Funeral service celebrating Barbara's life will be at 11:00 am Thursday, March 18, 2021, at Dunnichay Funeral Home in Elwood with her brother Rich Leavell officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday, March 17, 2021, from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm, at Dunnichay Funeral Home, 1113 S. Anderson Street, Elwood, Indiana.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church Building Fund.
Online condolences can be given at www.dunnichayfuneralhome.com
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