Betty Lou Riordan, 87, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY — Betty Lou Riordan, Watertown, formerly of Evans Mills, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, at Samaritan Summit Village where she had resided since 2013.

Born March 30, 1932, in Watertown, a daughter of Paul D. and Frances (Howard) Hines, she was a graduate with the Class of 1950 from Lyme Central School.

Betty Lou was a Deacon at First Presbyterian Church where she often arranged flowers after Sunday worship. Above all else, she was a loving mother who will be missed by her family.

She married Donald H. Riordan on Aug. 3, 1951, at the Chaumont Presbyterian Church. Mr. Riordan passed away Nov. 1, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Donita Young of Arizona, Bettina and Peter Rutigliano of Watertown, Lisa and Thomas Virkler of Watertown, Kurt and Connie Riordan of Montague; seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and five nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, Donald, she was predeceased by a sister, Janet Kelso.

Private graveside services will be held in Sulphur Springs Cemetery at the convenience of her family.

The family would like to acknowledge that staff of Samaritan Summit Village for the exemplary care & compassion shown to Betty Lou while she was a resident.

Donations may be made in her memory to the charity of one’s choosing.

Arrangements are with Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Inc.

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