Susan Mackey “Sue” Riske, 74, died on January 4, 2019 at her home in Cheyenne following a year-long battle with leukemia. She was born Dec. 21, 1944 in Fresno, California to John S. Mackey and Sally H. Mackey. She was raised in Laramie and Pinedale, graduating from Pinedale High School in 1963.
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Susan attended the University of Wyoming and earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in Journalism. She taught skiing and English at the American School in Leysin, Switzerland from 1967-69 and English at Rawlins High School in 1970.
Susan married Don W. Riske of Cheyenne in 1971 and resided in Cheyenne since that time. She taught English and Journalism in the Cheyenne school system for 34 years at both Carey Junior High and East High School.
She was an active member of the League of Women Voters, the Cheyenne Schools Foundation, Board of Visitors for the College of Arts and Sciences at UW, the Pi Beta Phi Alum Club and served on the Board of Habitat for Humanity. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving as a Deacon and Elder. She enjoyed her tennis group, book club and a women’s research/discussion group. Her favorite times were the summers she spent camping with her grandchildren, family and friends on Fremont Lake and the winters spent teaching each of her grandchildren to ski.
Susan is survived by her husband, Don; daughter, Megan Cormier of Denver; daughter-in-law, Kezia (Dylan) Riske of Canon City, CO; sister, Molly (Ken) Olson of Pinedale; sister-in-law, Marilyn (Steve) Mackey of Pinedale; grandsons, Tyler Hearn and Rayden Riske; granddaughters, Reilly and Sadie Cormier; brother-ln-law and sister-in-law, Phil and Kris Riske of Chandler, AZ; sister-in-law, Ann Riske of Mesa, AZ; and seven nieces. She was preceded in death by her son, Dylan; her parents; her brother, Steve Mackey; her husband’s parents, Joy and Milt Riske; and brother-in-law, Jack Riske.
A memory service will be celebrated on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. Cremation is under the care of Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home.
For those who wish to honor Sue’s memory, in-kind or monetary donations may be made to United Blood Services, the Boys and Girls Club or to a charity of your choice.