Lois Y. Riley, 91, of Eau Claire, passed away Friday, December 24, 2021, of natural causes, at Orchard Hills Assisted Living Facility. Lois had a very kind and generous heart.

Lois was born to Alan and Blanche (Lemler) Lowry on December 6, 1930. She married Niel A. Riley on January 22, 1955. Lois and Niel enjoyed many years travelling to Texas and Florida during the winter months. Lois worked as clerk for the City of Eau Claire from 1949 through 1985.

Lois is survived by her Nieces: Sandy (Bob) Hall, Jackie Dallin, Nephews: Alan (Karen) Lowry, Wyatt Lowry, Dan Lowry, and Russell Lowry, and several Great-Nieces and Nephews.

She is preceded in death by her Husband: Niel A. Riley, her Parents: Alan and Blanche Lowry, Sister: Virginia Kohnen, Brothers: Don (Elaine) Lowry, Wilbur (Esther) Lowry.

Funeral services and inurnment will be scheduled during the spring of 2022. Memorials may be sent in Lois’ name to Bob’s House of Dogs in Eleva.


  1. Lois was one of the most loving people we know. I am Neil’s cousin. He was such a loving man, and my sisters and I were so happy when he married her. They both remain the most loving people in our lives. My husband loved them, too. (Neil walked me down the aisle when we were married sixty years ago.) Lois loved her little dog, even leaving the radio so he would have company when we went out together. What a wonderful woman! I’m so glad she was in my life, and we miss her.

  2. When I think of wonderful, generous, kind, humble, loving people, Lois heads the list. When I was a young girl in need of a job, Lois took me under her wing and ensured I was properly trained so I could succeed. Many years later, when I supervised a staff, I always trained my new employees by the “Lois Riley method of accounting.” Many, many gals in Arizona benefited from her influence on me and knew Lois through what I told them of her. I will miss Lois forever.

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