Clara Bell Riling (CB) born April 21, 1929 in Columbus, Ohio to John and Isabell Markeson. CB graduated high school from Worthington High School in 1947. She then moved to Lawrence Kansas to live with her Aunt, Mary Rowlands and attend college at the University of Kansas. She often joked that she came to get her Mrs. degree. She was successful in her quest and married Eugene C. Riling on December 22, 1949. He predeceased her in death on August 14, 2002. They had six children. Joanne Riling predeceased her on December 12, 2015. Five children survive her: Jerry Riling, Mike Riling (Cindy), Tim Riling (Ashley) Susie Brooks (Pat) and Judy Riling (Jimmy Dwyer). Ten grandchildren: John Riling, Bobbie Lee Riling, Mariah Riling, Claire Riling, Hannah Riling, Sean Riling, Turner Brooks, Tom Brooks, Josie Dwyer and Jordan Dwyer. Four great grandchildren: Natalie Riling, Jackson Siebers, Cooper Siebers, and Beckett Riling. CB was a member of the Corpus Christi Church.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 11, 2022 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence. The service will be live streamed at cccparish.org and click on live stream liturgies. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Clara passed away on, February 6, 2022 at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor.
The family will greet friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 10, 2022 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Corpus Christi Church in her name and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary 120 W. 13th St. Lawrence, KS 66044.