Janet Marie Riley peacefully went to be home with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday morning, May 17, 2013, at Keniworth Care and Rehabilitation Center in Sebring, FL surrounded by members of her family. Janet was born in Bend, Oregon on March 31, 1933 to Christian Alfred and Karoline Marie Pedersen, who immigrated from Denmark in 1911 and homesteaded a farm in central Oregon. She married John Newton Riley in 1953 and they reared 5 children. She delighted in supporting her soul mate as he advanced in his teaching career in Oregon and then went on to become a professor at Iowa State University. She was a loving, supportive wife and homemaker. Janet was a faithful servant of her Savior, involving herself in numerous Christian and community services. She loved teaching home economics to 4-H youth, and taught piano lessons. She led Good News clubs, helped in Awana clubs, and especially enjoyed mentoring international students through Bible studies. Janet was an accomplished clarinetist, and often played the piano or organ for church. She was proficient in the domestic arts, cooking, sewing, gardening and writing. Her gifts of hospitality and her spirit of generosity for the Lord's work were evident to all who knew her. Janet was also an independent Shaklee supervisor for 33 years. Janet particularly appreciated the special friendships she developed during the last 4 1/2 years at Maranatha Village in Sebring, Florida. Janet was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, brother Oswald, young sister Mary, and infant brother Martin. She is survived by her children, Karen and Curt DeGraaff of Brownsburg, Indiana, Debbie Richardson of Tallahassee, Florida, Ken and Margy Riley of Lake Ann, Michigan, John and Pam Riley of Austin, Minnesota, and Steve and Jackie Riley of Hillsboro, Oregon, 17 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. The memorial service will be held Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 10:30 AM with viewing at 10 AM at Maranatha Baptist Church, 35 Maranatha Blvd. Sebring, Florida 33870, with Pastor Gerald Webber officiating. Interment will be at Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Avon Park, FL. Memorials may be given to Maranatha Manor of Maranatha Village, Sebring Florida.
Condolences or Life Stories may be expressed in her Guestbook. Morris Funeral Chapel, Sebring, Fl. Proceded In Death By
Christian Alfred Pedersen, Father
Karoline Marie Pedersen, Mother
John Newton Riley, Husband
Martin, Brother Survived By
Karen and Curt DeGraaff, Daughter
Debbie Richardson, Daughter
Ken and Margy Riley, Son
John and Pam Riley, Son
Steve and Jackie Riley, Son
8 great grandchildren Facts
Date Of Birth: March 31, 1933
Place Of Birth: Bend, Oregon
Place Of Death: Sebring, FL
Date of Death: May 17, 2013
Member of Sebring Church of the Brethren Services
The memorial service will be held
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 10:30 AM
with viewing at 10 AM at Maranatha Baptist Church,
35 Maranatha Blvd. Sebring, Florida 33870,
with Pastor Gerald Webber officiating.
Interment will be at Lakeview Memorial Gardens,
Avon Park, FL.