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Sandra E. (Smith) Riley

April 26, 1938 ~ July 5, 2021 (age 83)



Sandra Elaine (Smith) Riley, 83, of Shenandoah, entered into peace on Monday evening, July 5, 2021 at her home.  A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Friday, July 9, 2021 at 3:00 pm at Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service in Shenandoah with Pastor Nancy Thomas officiating.  The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Thursday evening, July 8, 2021 at the funeral home.  Inurnment will take place in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah.  Memorials in Sandra's name are being directed to the First Christian Church of Shenandoah.  Refreshments and fellowship with the family will be held in the Waubonsie Room at the Shenandoah Historical Museum following the committal service at the cemetery.



Sandra Elaine (Smith) Riley, daughter of Eugene Elbert and Leona Maxine (Foster) Smith, was born on April 26, 1938, at Hand Hospital in Shenandoah, Iowa.  She entered into eternal peace at her home in Shenandoah on Monday, July 5, 2021 at the age of 83 years, 2 months, 9 days.

Growing up in Shenandoah, she attended the Shenandoah Community Schools, graduating from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1956.  Sandra was a lifetime resident of Shenandoah. 

In her younger years, Sandra and her mom together owned and operated the Jack & Jill Clothing store in town.  She then worked in the offices of Henry Fields Seed & Nursery Co.  Most of her working years were with Hy-Vee, where she worked in the meat department as a wrapper, before retiring after 32 years of service. 

Known as a dedicated bargain shopper, Sandra took great joy in the hunt for the best bargains to provide her family and friends.  She also enjoyed decorating her home and helping others with theirs. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and friends.  She was a lifetime member of the First Christian Church in Shenandoah. 

In 1956, Sandra was united in marriage to Rex Bain in Shenandoah.  This union was blessed with two sons, Bruce and Todd.  In 1995, she was united in marriage to Lee Riley of Shenandoah.

Preceding Sandra in death were her parents; stepfather, Spencer Harris; brothers-in-law, Jim Stanley and Nick Paulson; and daughter-in-law, Lori Bain.  Survivors include her husband of over 26 years, Lee Riley of Shenandoah, IA; two sons, Bruce Bain and Todd Bain; stepchildren, Becky and Sam Jones, Brenda and Rod Riley and Tammy and Stuart Lutz; three grandsons; three great granddaughters; three step grandchildren; 15 step great grandchildren; three sisters, Betty Stanley, Mary Paulson and Barbara (Steve) Padilla; other relatives and many friends.

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July 8, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Funeral Service

Celebration of Life Memorial
July 9, 2021

3:00 PM
Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service (Shenandoah)

Gathering of Family and Friends
July 9, 2021

4:15 PM to 6:30 PM
Waubonsie Room (Shenandoah Historical Museum)
800 W Sheridan Ave (East Entrance - Enter Elm St Side)
Shenandoah, IA 51601

July 9, 2021

Rose Hill Cemetery
Argus Rd Shenandoah, IA 51601
Shenandoah, IA 51601


First Christian Church
412 W Clarinda Ave, Shenandoah IA 51601
Tel: 1-712-246-2982
Email: churchfc@mediacombb.net
Web: http://fcclife.me

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