Roberta "Bobbie" F. (Goodwin) Riley, 84, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on March 11, 2017, in Belfast. She was born in Brooks on July 6, 1932 to Marion and Beulah (Dodge) Goodwin.
She attended Morse High School and worked at many jobs locally including the pants factory, Grant's Dairy, shoe shops, poultry and Mathew Bros. to name a few. She was a member of the Chicken Reelers Square Dance Club, TOPS weight loss group, and the First Baptist Church in Belfast where she also taught Sunday School as well as being a Boy Scout Den Mother and Girl Scout leader. Her home was open after school to all the neighborhood kids as well as her children and grandchildren. Each November she took pride in making raspberry pies for the crew at hunting camp in Monroe. At Christmas time she made her popcorn balls and divinity fudge for the Christmas bazaar. Her family fondly remembers her always saying “the time to be happy is now.”
Bobbie enjoyed kayaking, walking her dogs and listening to the loons. She loved spending time with her family and enjoyed teaching her children and grandchildren to swim at Half Moon Pond. Her last five days were spent in hospice sharing time and creating memories with her family surrounding her day and night, sharing stories and listening to campfire songs.
She is predeceased by her husband Walter Frank Riley Sr.; her son David P. Riley and sister Nancy Shute. Bobbie is survived by her loving children, Walter “Frank” Riley Jr. and wife Debora of Northport and Ruth Littlefield and husband Jason of Belfast; her siblings Charlotte Bowen and husband Norman of Belfast and Emma Lowe of Jackson; sisters-in-law, Marge Riley, Eunice Palmer, June Riley and Shirley Bowden; grandchildren Frank Riley and wife Andrea Murphy, Miranda Riley and significant other Jeff Parenteau, Zachary and wife Jessica, Danielle Littlefield and significant other Andy Whalen and Madison Littlefield and significant other Jordan Luther; great-grandchildren Noah Cote, Esmae Cote and Jacob Whalen; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held May 6 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Belfast followed by a graveside interment at Grove Cemetery, Belfast. Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast. Memories and condolences may be shared at ripostafh.com.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations to Waldo County General Hospital, Hospice Wing, 118 Northport Ave., Belfast, ME 04915.