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Callison-Lough Funeral Home

605 W Central, Bentonville, AR

OBITUARY

Mary Katherine Riesselman Youll

May 4, 1955August 6, 2019
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Mary Katherine (Riesselman) Youll, loving wife, mother, and grandmother passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, in Bentonville, Arkansas, surrounded by family, at the age of 64.

Mary was born on May 4, 1955 in Carroll, Iowa to Vincent and Edith (Hoffman) Riesselman. She was a 1973 graduate of Sac City High School. With her gift for caregiving and her compassion for others, Mary followed a natural path into the medical field. She graduated from Saint Luke’s School of Nursing in Sioux City, Iowa in 1976, and she worked as a registered nurse at Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kansas for many years.

Mary wed her high school sweetheart, John Youll, on June 25, 1976 in Auburn, Iowa. Together they raised two sons, John and Jim, and one daughter, Josie, and enjoyed 43 years of marriage.

Mary’s fondest memories were of raising her three children in Salina, Kansas (later Hays, KS) with her loving husband, and spending time with her cherished grandchildren. Mary was a devoted mother and grandmother who embraced every opportunity to spend quality time with family. Her grandchildren will remember Grandma Mary’s awe-inspiring homemade costumes, harvesting pumpkins, and her cheering from the sidelines at their sporting events. Mary’s creative talents were evident in her gardening, baking, and home decor. Friends and family benefited from Mary’s gifts in hospitality; her home was always a warm, welcoming, and loving space. Mary’s friends knew her as a loyal and loving friend, who enjoyed traveling and entertaining.

Faith was a fundamental cornerstone of Mary’s life, and she prayed faithfully for those whom she loved. She instilled a love of God in her children and was an active member of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church.

Mary was preceded in death by her father Vincent Riesselman and her mother Edith (Hoffman) Riesselman. She is survived by her husband John Youll, three children, John Youll, Jim Youll (Katie), and Josie Herold (Robbie); sister Jean Smith (Scott), brothers Don Riesselman, Jim Riesselman, and Tom Riesselman, three grandchildren Vincent Herold, Cooper Herold, and Madeline Youll, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Services

  • Memorial Gathering Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 17, 2019

Memories

Mary Katherine Riesselman Youll

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Beverly Runions

August 16, 2019

I enjoyed visiting with Mary when she would come to get her son, John at Open Avenues. Mary shared John's story one year at our Spring Fling and I remember her talking to me almost daily about how nervous she was, but that woman nailed it!! She had such love for her family and it was obvious. One year she brought us pumpkins she had grown and the staff had a decorating contest to raise money for United Way. Mary was a very special lady and I feel very fortunate to have known her. Beverly Runions, Open Avenues Office Manager

George Bartlett

August 15, 2019

My condolences to John and family. As a fellow High School classmate to both John and Mary, all I can say is to grasp onto the memories. They will aid in lessening the pain your experiencing. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

Sherry Dibble

August 14, 2019

Mary was a wonderful, positive influence to all who knew her. She always has a smile and greeting for anyone she knew. Our sons played sports together in Hays and she was the epitome of a great mom and friend. Our sympathy to all of the family.

Ron Sherard

August 14, 2019

Deepest condolences to John and the rest of the Youll family on the passing of Mary Katherine.

Karen Buhler

August 14, 2019

Being fortunate to be the first grade teacher of John and Josie Youll, Mary was one of my favorite school moms. Her smile was infectious and always present. She was very interested in her children's school performance, but never a hovering mom. Mary was always willing to help with school projects and other adventures.

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(Left to Right) Jim, Jean, Mary and Don Riesselman

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