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Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Ilene A. Rivers
September 3, 1933 - November 7, 2020

Place of Birth: Crosby, ND
Residence: Wildrose, ND
Age: 87

Ilene Rivers, 87, of Wildrose, North Dakota, entered eternal rest on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at the Tioga Medical Center in Tioga, ND.

Ilene Ardelle (Ouren) Rivers was born September 3, 1933, in Crosby, ND to Palmer & Nina (Fitzgerald) Ouren. She lived on the family farm 8 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 in Fargo, ND. 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 5:00 in the morning and stay until 10:00 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 in 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 preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Sharon, Lorraine, Carol and Donna and brother, LaVerne.

Ilene is survived by her brother, Maynard Ouren of Wildrose, ND; sister, Marion (Dennis) Groth of San Antonio, TX. She is also survived by her 2 children, Shannon Rivers and his wife, Lori of Williston, ND and Dawn Olson (Rob Teets) of Minot, ND. She boasted of 5 grandchildren, Danielle Johnson (Nick Lantz) of Tioga, ND, Coleman Rivers of Wildrose, ND, Lise (Chris) Hegge of Williston, ND, Paige Olson (Cory Cramer) of Stanley, ND and Wyatt Olson of Williston, ND. Her eyes sparkled whenever she was around any of her 9 great-grandchildren, Jesse Rivers, Alaina Hegge, Jocilyn Hegge and Wyatt Hegge, all of Williston, ND, Ryleigh Rettig of Ray, ND, River Movchan, Jared Lantz, Jameson Lantz and Parker Lantz, all of Tioga, ND. She will be missed by all.

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Wendy Ellefson (Lakeville , MN)
Nov 8, 2020
Lori and family, so sorry to read of your mom passing. I have fond memories of Grandma Gerda and I eating at your moms restaurant. She made the best hamburgers. Prayers for strength in the days to come.
Kathleen Key Imes (Williston)
Nov 10, 2020
Lori and family - Drew and I were sorry to see your mother died. She was one classy lady. Our sincere condolences to you.
Jay solem (Williston, Nd)
Nov 10, 2020
Shannon sorry for your loss my condolences to you and your family
Gary Stefonowicz (Williston & Wildrose , ND)
Nov 11, 2020
To Ilene's Family.
Sorry for your loss. Your mother was quite a
Lady. She kept Wildrose in great food for many
years. Rest in peace.
Donna Johnson (Ray, Nd)
Nov 11, 2020
Prayers and thoughts to the family for your loss. I loved going to eat at the cafe on my lunch break. Hugs to you Dani and the rest of your family.
Jackie Odegard (Williston, ND)
Nov 11, 2020
Such a unique and lovely woman that will forever be heavily missed. She was a significant personality of the Wildrose community of which I have beloved memories of from when I can first remember. Hope you are having fun chatting it up with mom and grandma in heaven. Rest easy, beloved Ilene Rivers.
Raye Ann (Minot, ND)
Nov 17, 2020
I absolutely loved Ilene's giggle. She always had a sparkle in her eye and she put up with us girls working and congregating in the back of the cafe for so many years. Many of my high school memories include her and the cafe. Her potato salad was like no other! She will be missed. Hugs to Dawn and Shannon and all the grand kids and great grand kids, she was so proud of all of you.
Marilee Nelson (Noonan, ND)
Nov 20, 2020
You have my sympathy in your loss of Ilene. She was such a nice lady. I enjoyed visiting with her when I would see her some place. Will miss her at Sons of Norway bingo etc. She was a hard worker, but enjoyed life also. She will be missed.
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