Ilene Rivers

Illene Rivers

Illene Rivers

Ilene Rivers, 87, of Wildrose, entered eternal rest Saturday, November 7, 2020, at Tioga Medical Center, Tioga.

A private family service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, November 21, 2020, at Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home Chapel, Tioga. Pastor Emily Shipman will officiate. Visitation will be Saturday, November 21, 2020, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m at Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home Chapel, Tioga.

The family service will be broadcast, please follow the link on Ilene’s service information on our website

Due to Covid 19, we ask that everyone adheres to local and state requirements for social distancing.

Ilene Ardelle (Ouren) Rivers born September 3, 1933, in Crosby, to Palmer & Nina (Fitzgerald) Ouren. She lived on the family farm eight miles north of Wildrose. Ilene was confirmed at Glenwood Church. Her education began at Highland #3 in Divide County ending in 1949 and going on to graduate from Wildrose High School in 1952.

On July 25, 1956, Ilene married B.L. Rivers, Fargo. Two children were born to this marriage, one son, Shannon Loyal Rivers, and one daughter, Dawn Kay Rivers.

Ilene was a hard-working woman and loved people. Her first job was the Roods Roost Cafe in Wildrose. She also worked at Twete’s Café and the Wildrose Locker, only to return to her true passion of cooking and serving people at the Wildrose Café. Ilene eventually purchased the Wildrose Café which she ran and operated serving the community for 33 years. Seismic & Oilfield Crews loved her because she would open as early as 5 in the morning and stay until 10 in the evening making sure they had warm meals to begin and end their day. Ilene was an excellent cook and the community enjoyed her Sunday dinners, especially her turkey dinners. Nobody could top her potato salad.

Ilene was a faithful member of Grace Lutheran Church, Wildrose, where she enjoyed worshiping with the congregation. She also was a Relay for Life team member and was involved in the Sons of Norway. Ilene loved getting together with friends to play bingo, pull tabs (rippies), and machines. Ilene loved attending the Medora Musical and going on the fun bus to Deadwood.

Family was very important to Ilene and she was proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ilene is survived by brother, Maynard Ouren, Wildrose; sister, Marion (Dennis) Groth, San Antonio, Texas; two children, Shannon Rivers and wife, Lori, Williston and Dawn Olson (Rob Teets), Minot. She boasted of five grandchildren, Danielle Johnson (Nick Lantz), Tioga, Coleman Rivers, Wildrose, Lise (Chris) Hegge, Williston, Paige Olson (Cory Cramer), Stanley, and Wyatt Olson, Williston. Her eyes sparkled whenever she was around any of her nine great-grandchildren, Jesse Rivers, Alaina Hegge, Jocilyn Hegge and Wyatt Hegge, Williston, Ryleigh Rettig, Ray, River Movchan, Jared Lantz, Jameson Lantz and Parker Lantz, Tioga. She will be missed by all.

Ilene is preceded in death by parents; husband; sisters, Sharon, Lorraine, Carol and Donna and brother, LaVerne.

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