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.