Lorraine Emily Riley was born on November 8, 1937, to Andrew Garfield and Marjorie Marie Carothers at the family home in Manilla, Iowa, and baptized at the Presbyterian Church in Manilla as an infant. She attended school in Manilla  and graduated there. While in school, she was very active in sports and played the trumpet in band. Her summers were spent at the Gessmann farm with her grandfather. After graduation she attended Tarkio College in Tarkio, Missouri. She received her BS from Midwestern College in Denison, Iowa, and her Special Education Degree from Conway, Arkansas. While attending Tarkio College she met the love of her life, Jimmie Dewitt Riley. On August 6, 1961, they were united in marriage at the Presbyterian Church in Manilla. To this union four children were born: Laura Ann Henson, Sara Nadine Dysinger (Robert), and Andrew Howard Riley (Amie). She truly loved her family and enjoyed spending time with all of them. She had six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Jimmie was in the United States Army and the family travelled to Okinawa, Japan, and Stuttgart, Germany, as well as many Army bases throughout the United States. She was very active teaching Sunday School, Bible School, Girl Scouts as a Troop Leader and school. She assisted with basketball, softball, and swimming. Lorraine was a very devout Christian, active in all the churches she attended with her family throughout the years. She attended Westside Christian Church in Republic, Missouri, and, while a member she did the Card Ministry until her vision declined. Lorraine enjoyed travelling, playing cards, watching sports, sewing and baking. She was a member of the American Legion, Auxillary, AAUW, Lions Club, and Retired Teachers Association.

She was preceded in death by her stillborn daughter, parents, two sisters, one nephew and two brothers-in-law. Survivors include her husband, Jimmie Riley of the home; Laura Henson; Sara Dysinger (Robert) of Clever, Missouri; Andrew Riley (Amie) of Tarkio, Missouri; Ronnie Duff (Erin) of Knox, Indiana; Andrew Montgomery Riley (Tina) of Springfield, Missouri; Emily Farmer (Stephen) of Springfield; Kristopher Riley of Springfield; Amber Riley of Springfield and Tarkio; Sophia Riley of Tarkio; Bob Carothers (Bev) of Goodyear, Arizona; John Dorfter of Ricketts, Iowa; and many cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends. She will be greatly missed by all family and friends she has made throughout the years.