Helen Riley Kaiser

July 4, 1925April 14, 2018

Helen Riley Kaiser, 92, of Metairie, LA, passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by loved ones on Saturday, April 14, 2018. She was born July 4, 1925, to the late Eula Sturgeon Riley and Ruthie Collums Riley of Tunica County, MS. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 66 years, Raymond Martin Kaiser.   She was graduated from Sardis High School, Sardis, MS, in 1943. She was a member of the Greatest Generation who endured the hardships of WW II. She lost her only sibling, Darrell Riley, who was shot down in a B-52 bomber over Germany in 1944. Her first job upon graduating from high school was administrative assistant at the Japanese Internment Camp in Como, MS. She went on to work in Washington, DC, at the Naval Station and the Air National Guard in Memphis, TN, where she met her husband.  She was a homemaker, gourmet cook, master knitter, and in later years a designer/crafter of fine jewelry. She was a faithful, practicing Catholic at St. Ann Catholic Church in Metairie.   She is survived by two daughters, Therese Kaiser Palmertree of Baton Rouge and Elizabeth Ann Kaiser of New Orleans; three grandchildren, Jason Palmertree of Baton Rouge, Rachel Palmertree Stewart and her husband, Chris Stewart of Baton Rouge, Riley Palmertree and his wife, Elizabeth Buckley of Washington, D.C.; and three great grandchildren, Connor Stewart, Aiden Stewart, and Emma Stewart of Baton Rouge. 

Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral mass at St. Ann Catholic Church on 3601 Transcontinental Drive in Metairie, LA, on Wednesday April 18, 2018, at 11:00 AM. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM prior to the mass. Graveside services with will be held on Thursday morning, April 19, 2018, at 10:00 AM in Rose Hill Cemetery, Sardis, MS. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Ann Catholic Church in her honor. The online guestbook is available at


  • Raymond Martin Kaiser, Husband
  • Eula Sturgeon Riley, Father
  • Ruthie Collums Riley, Mother
  • Therese Kaiser Palmertree, Daughter
  • Elizabeth Ann Kaiser, Daughter
  • Jason Palmertree, Grandson
  • Rachel Palmertree Stewart (Chris), Granddaughter
  • Riley Palmertree (Elizabeth), Grandson
  • Connor Stewart, Great Grandson
  • Aiden Stewart, Great Grandson
  • Emma Stewart, Great Granddaughter


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 18, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, April 18, 2018
  • Committal Thursday, April 19, 2018

Helen Riley Kaiser

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Monique Milam

April 17, 2018

From the first time I spoke with Mrs. Kaiser on the phone I knew she was a wonderful woman. She was just as wonderful when we met in person, and just a beautiful lady (inside out)! And I'm glad to have met her and she'll be missed! To the family, stay strong, she is your inspiration for all of your endeavours, and her legacy lives on thru (in) you! Love, peace, and blessings!

Johanna Saizan Payne

April 16, 2018

Love & prayers for the family. Helen was an inspiration...always busy cooking or making something. I cherish her recipes, her beautiful jewelry & her wonderful family.
💖🙏😇💖 Johanna