809 La Clede Street, Bellmead, TX 76705

Carolyn Margaret Riley
February 17, 1934 - December 10, 2020

Carolyn Margaret Riley

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Carolyn Margaret Riley, aka Mom, Granny, Sis, Aunt Carolyn, passed away peacefully at her home in Bellmead, TX on December 10, 2020. Carolyn was born in Spokane, Washington on February 17, 1934 to Elmer Delbert Richardson and Lucille Weaver Richardson. She was raised by her mother and loving second father, Clyde Kuykendall. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joe Cavender Riley; sister, Charlene Kosanke; sister, Dorene Struchen; brother, Gary Richardson; daughters, Judith Anne Beldin and Sherri Riley Holloman; and the loving father of her children, Kenneth Maurice Beldin.

Carolyn is survived by daughter, Diana (Tom) Sprott; son, Kenneth Michael (Jo Lynn) Beldin; daughter, Susan Campbell; daughter, Lisa (Robert) Warren; daughter, Karen (Sam) Hendricks; daughter Mary Ann Riley; sister, Claudia (Jerry) O'Connor; and brother Chuck (Sandra) Kuykendall.

She was a loving Granny and Great-Granny to Garrett Sprott, Grant (Leah) Sprott, Cody (Sara) Campbell (Davis and Ezra), Joshua Campbell (Cannon and Kinlee), Justin (Amanda) McLean (Braydin, Alyssa, Calli Mae), Paige (James) Bailey (Riley, Blaze, Reed), Cassie Chaney, Mike (Susanne) Wills (Alyssa and Jacob), Melanie (JP) Eaker (Hannah and Holly), Wendi Windrow (Stephan, Kevin, and Gavin), Misti Murphy, Casey Switzer (Michael and Savannah) and an Aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.

When Carolyn wasn't busy raising children, she was working as a nurse or volunteering at her church. She spent 35+ years working as a nurse, finishing her career at Providence Hospital, where she was one of the nurses that helped open the Cardiac unit at the new hospital, she was well known and admired. In her retirement, she was active within the Salvation Army Waco Corp where she for many years played a baritone horn in the band, worked with the youth, volunteered at the VA Hospital, worked the annual Christmas toy drive and much more. Carolyn made a profession of faith at the young age of eleven and for 75 years was a faithful member of the Salvation Army except for a three-year period spent in Tokyo, Japan and three years in Morocco, North Africa, during her husband's tours of duty with the United States Air Force, where she attended the Protestant services on the base.

Mom loved attending any activity her grandchildren and/or great-grandchildren were involved in ranging from T-Ball, baseball, football and/or soccer to band or dance recitals. Anywhere her grandchildren/great-grandchildren where is where she preferred to be.

Mom was a strong, determined and fiercely independent woman. We will miss her every day.


Special thanks to the wonderful doctors and nurses at Providence Hospital, then subsequently Providence Hospice that provided Mom with excellent care and love in her final days. A heartfelt thanks to mom's niece Jeanette Routh who assisted the family in their hour of need.

Visitation will be held Sunday, December 13, 2020 from 2:00-4:00. A Promotion to Glory Service will be Monday, December 14, 2020 at 1:00, both will be at the Bellmead Funeral Home, 809 Laclede, Bellmead, TX. Interment will follow at the Axtell Cemetery, 274 N. 4th Street, Axtell, TX 76624

COVID-19 protocol will be followed, and a mask will be required.

The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers memorials be given to the Waco Salvation Army Food Bank, 4721 W. Waco Drive, Waco, TX 76710; Providence Hospice, 6700 Sanger Avenue, Waco, TX 76710; or a charity of your choice.

Sunday, December 13, 2020
2-4:00 pm
Bellmead Funeral Home
809 La Clede Street
Bellmead, TX  76705
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Monday, December 14, 2020
1:00 pm
Bellmead Funeral Home
809 LaClede
Waco, TX  76705
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Axtell Cemetery
Axtell, TX  76624


  1. Robert Passmore
    God bless you all , she will be missed .But what a great angel she will make . Rest In Peace in Gods arms !!
  2. Rose Mary Munos
    I want to give my condolences. I remember your mom as a good nurse who took care of her patients and would do the extras for them. She also had a generous heart and would help anyone who needed it .I am sorry I was unable to attend the visitation or funeral due to having covid pneumonia.
    Rose Mary
  3. Johnny Richardson
    Karen and family :

    I wpuld.like yo take the opportunity to send mine and rhondas sincere sadness for your family.
  4. Johnny Richardson
  5. Tami Machac
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with your family at this time.

    Bobby and Tami Machac
  6. Ray Richardson
    Carolyn was a lady that brightened any room and made everyone that met her a better person.
    She leaves a beautiful legacy in Diana, Sue, Lisa, Karen and Mike and a multitude of grandchildren!
    Love Ray Richardson (cousin)

  7. Suzanne Vannucci
    My condolences to Carolyn's family and friends. If you happened to be fortunate enough to have known her, you will smile and remember a strong-willed woman with a heart as big as Texas. RIP. xoxo

  8. Carolyn riley
    My prayers are going up for the family. Love you all lindaharris
  9. Ray & Jackie
  10. Edna Kendrick
    Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. May you all find comfort in knowing she will always be looking from above. Sending love
  11. MaryAnne Tyler Finch
    Diana & family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Mother. I had the pleasure of meeting her years ago. I remember stories you shared with me about your Mom. She is finally resting and looking down on your family with love. A family of which she is gloriously proud. My condolences to you and your family. My prayers are with you all.
  12. Diana Resendez
    Mrs. Carolyn will be truly missed. She loved and was loved by everyone who knew her and was a blessing to have had in our lives. We want to thank her children for sharing her with us. We love you Mrs. Carolyn. You've been promoted to glory and so your work here on earth has ended and you can now rest.
  13. Cindy
    First, my word of forever gratitude to "Mom" for being there many times when I needed reassurance, support, and rock-steady backbone... not only for me, but my youngest as well. Next, to the family, my friends I hold dear as well, my heart hurts, yet I know she's in her happy place, her mansion in the sky with the Lord. Her life is a celebration. All my love, Cindy
  14. Angie and Calvin Baker
    Lisa,Sue, and all the Family
    So Sorry for the loss of your Mom and Grandma. Carolyn was a sweet Lady. She was dedicated to Nursing. I always enjoy talking to her about Nursing and her experiences!! Thoughts and Prayers for all of U at the loss of Your Family Member. Love Angie Baker
  15. April Taylor
    A precious Soldier of The Salvation Army! Waco will not forget the amazing work that you did in the Board of Prisons program and the in the souls of the families who were touched by your ministry.
    We are so happy for you as you have received a long awaited reward!
    Blessings to the family who will always be a member of our Corps family.
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