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Laura Riley Forner
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Obituary for Laura Riley Forner

L. Riley (Bratton) Forner passed away March 15, 2017. Despite her two year struggle with cancer, Riley epitomized what it meant to live a life full of love and grace.

Riley was an amazing mother, wife, and friend. Her sense of humor and vivacious personality drew everyone in, but her gentleness and compassion reminded us what could be if we strove to be our best.

In her lifetime she had many hobbies and passions including quilting, crafting, cooking, running, yoga, and volunteering at her children’s school and local nursing home with her beloved dog Kate. She urged us all to care for animals in need, and volunteered on the board of her local SPCA. She added so much to life with her kindness and was known to gift her amazing quilts and homemade crafts to friends and causes dear to her heart. These included the University of Iowa’s pediatric unit, Lincoln PTO, and many others.

Riley’s good-hearted and joyful soul will be missed, but will continue to remind us to appreciate the laughter, love, and small moments that life has to offer.

She is loved and remembered by her husband of 23 years, Patrick, and their children Sean Patrick and Claire Elizabeth; her mother Mary (Conrad) Bratton of Pittsboro, NC; and her sister R. Murray (Bratton) Bergman of Corpus Christi, TX.

She was preceded in death by her father Andrew Bratton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM, Wednesday, March 22nd at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Steven Witt officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 7 PM at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City, where a rosary will be recited at 7 PM. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Friends of the Animal Center Foundation or your local humane society.

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4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City

605 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

A rosary will be recited at 7 PM.





10:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church -- Iowa City

228 E. Jefferson Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

Cemetery Details


Oakland Cemetery

1000 Brown Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52245


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