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February 6, 1949 – Monday, December 19, 2016

Service Information
Lakeridge Oasis Chapel, Buffalo, MN
Thursday, January 12, 2017
11:30 AM

Visitation Information
Lakeridge Friendship Center, Buffalo, MN
Thursday, January 12, 2017
10:30 – 11:30 AM

Gina Riley Balliet, age 67 of Maple Lake, MN passed away at Lakeridge Oasis in Buffalo.
Memorial service on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 11:30 AM at Lakeridge Friendship Center, Buffalo, MN. Visitation one hour prior to service at the friendship center.

Gina was born on February 6, 1949 to Henry and Mildred (Stober) Riley, Jr. in Memphis, TN. She attended and graduated from Father Bertran High in Memphis, TN. Gina was the Homecoming Queen and also a member of the National Honor Society. She received her undergraduate degree from Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, KS. Gina received her MBA from St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO. Following her education, she moved to Minneapolis, MN to work for Honeywell. She worked for Honeywell for 22 years. In 1994 she moved to Maple Lake, MN. She and her dear friend, BJ Nelson spent time at Giant Ridge in Biwabik, MN cross country skiing. Gina even took snow boarding lessons at Giant Ridge. She enjoyed watching TV and spending time with her friends in Minneapolis.

Survived by her brother, Henry Riley III; special friend, BJ Nelson and nieces and cousins.

11 Guestbook Entries

  1. Laura Oleson

    BJ and family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Gina was a beautiful soul. She will be missed. It was an honor getting to care and love her. You all are in my thoughts and prayers,
    Laura

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  2. kim Brehmer

    Gina, you are missed.

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  3. Jim Akpan

    I am so heart broken to know that I will not see you on this planet. You taught me true lessons of love, kindness and devotion. Throughout the years I have known you, you never raised your voice at anybody. You are kind, harmless, loving. I am very hurt. Thanks for the fun memories. You will forever be missed. Sleep in the Lord. I love you. Jim

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  4. Miriam Elmore

    My forever friend, you are forever in my heart.

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  5. Mary Beth Miller

    My friend Gina:
    You made me laugh and I am so honored to know you! May your angel carry you on wings to finally see the face of God!

    Slo Girl

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  6. Marilyn Bolden Coleman

    RIP old friend. Prayers are with you, Ricky.
    Love, Marilyn

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  7. Michelle Overton

    Rickey and family, I will always love Gina. She was like my big sister. She is always in my heart and in my thoughts.

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  8. Jacqueline Robinson Steward

    Gina was a special cousin. We talked often and her favorite nickname for me was “bucket head”. I miss our talks but I know she’s enjoying her reunion with her parents, Uncle Henry and Aunt Billie. R I P my dear cousin. We love you but GOD loved you best. your Memphis family

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  9. Geraldine Booker Morris, Dr. J E Booker and Family

    Gina, although it had been years since we had seen each other; I still thought about you as my best friend!! Now you are resting in perfect peace with our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus!

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  10. Tijuana

    What a beautiful woman and friend that has now transitioned to Glory. I will miss my dear friend, Gina, very much. She will live in my heart forever.

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  11. Carol Macon

    Beautiful, smart, witty, loyal, a true friend, determined, caring – just a few words to describe Gina! We met as college kids working summer jobs and immediately formed a lifelong alliance that spanned the remainder of her life. We shared many great times, funny experiences, some daring, happy times, all truly treasured times. I miss our analytical conversations where we solved all the problems of the world. I love you my dear friend and sister and will forever cherish our friendship.

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