Barb Riley

Barb Riley, 70, of Mt. Pleasant, died Friday, September 1, 2023 in the Hospice Unit of Unity Point 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 will be 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. On-line condolences may be directed to

Barb was born August 4, 1953 in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Dorothy Elain Huston. She graduated from Mt. Pleasant Community High School and 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 with 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 16 grandchildren and 2 brothers.

Her mother Dorothy Keith and son Nick Riley precede Barb in death.