It is with deep sadness that the family of Deborah “Pixie” Barron Riley, age 71, announce her sudden passing on Friday, January 24, 2020 in her home in Florissant, CO due to complications with her heart.
Pixie was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey on February 4, 1948, to TW “Wen” and Deborah Barron, who have preceded her in death. Pixie will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 47 years, Michael Riley, their three daughters, Tabitha Riley, Stephanie Plaisted (Jeremiah), and Michelle Knight (Jason), her four grandchildren, Avalon and Luke Plaisted, and Alana and Jordan Knight, and the newest addition to Mike and Pixie’s family, Molly, their golden retriever. Pixie will also be fondly remembered by her brothers Scott (Evelyn) Barron and Christopher (Sally) Barron, her sisters-in-law Sandra DeGarie (Michael) and Cheryl Barron, as well as her five nieces and two nephews and their families.
Pixie met the love of her life in Columbia, Missouri at Columbia College in a business class. Michael Riley and Pixie exchanged wedding vows on May 28, 1972 in Miltown, New Jersey. They lovingly renewed their vows for their 25th wedding anniversary and were married 47 years at the time of her passing.
Pixie earned an Associates of Business at Chamberlain College in Boston, an Associates in Travel at Columbia College, and a Certificate of Accounting from Blair College. Though she used her talents in several positions over the years, most of her work life was spent next to Mike at Cimarron Electric where she was the Office Manager.
When she wasn’t working, she was volunteering as the band mom, the booster parent, the softball, basketball, soccer, and golf mom. She still found time to volunteer at church or any other special events.
After Mike and Pix sold their business in 2007, and officially retired in 2014, there wasn’t much time to relax as Pixie helped organize all the special events at the church ranging from the ladies teas, VBS, weddings, and funerals. You could always count on Pixie making sure everyone was well fed and taken care of.
Pixie was also the biggest fan of her grandkids, going to or watching videos of their concerts, wrestling matches, softball games, volleyball games, dance recitals, basketball games, and praising their academic and artistic abilities.
All who knew her were blessed by her contagious squinty smile and we are all heartbroken that she will no longer be here on earth to bless us with her kindness.
A memorial service is planned for February 22, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Community Fellowship of Christians, located at 39633 US Highway 24, Lake George, CO 80827, with a luncheon following the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to End Alzheimers, Junior Diabetic Research Foundation, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, or the American Heart Association in her honor as she supported these organizations.
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