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Carylen Riley

December 18th, 2012

Carylen Louise (Johnson) Riley 81, of Kuna, raised in Homedale and recently from Nampa passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at home in the arms or her savior with her Daughter Sandi and Granddaughter Tara at her side. Mom wrote part of her obituary so I will add that. This is the poem that she had with her wishes. When I come to the end of the road And the sun has set for me I want no rites in a gloom filled room Why cry for a soul set free Miss me a little, but not too long And not with your head bowed low. Remember the love that we once shared Miss me, but let me go. For this is a journey all must take And each must go alone It is all part of the Master’s plan A step in the road to home. When you are lonely and sick of heart, Go to the friends we know. And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds, Miss me but let me go. Carylen was born in New Underwood, South Dakota on September 5, 1931 to Thomas Bulow and Magdalena Luetta Johnson. She joined Sisters: Lillian, Jessie, Lorraine, Brothers Harold and Ray. Little Sister Nancy was born in Idaho. The Johnson family left South Dakota for Idaho in 1940. They settled in Homedale, Idaho. Carylen graduated from Homedale High School in 1949 where she had been drum major. Two weeks after graduating, she attended Excelcia Beauty School graduating in June of 1950. August 5, 1950 Carylen married Kenneth E. Loewen. From this union they added Sandi, Kent, and Randy. Carylen worked over the years in numerous Beauty Salons in the Nampa - Caldwell area. She worked at Caxton Printers in Caldwell and as a Child Support Secretary for the Caldwell Court House for 3 years. During this time she tragically lost her youngest son Randy Ray Loewen. Later to lose son, Kent E. Loewen as well. July 27, 1974 Carylen married Bill E. Riley. They were happily married for 22 years. You could find them fishing, camping, enjoying family gatherings, and ice cream runs on Sunday. Bill passed suddenly in September of 1995. Carylen loved to bowl. She received Women’s High bowler of the year with a 228. Her team also took “Team of the Year” and best dressed. In 1990 Carylen obtained her CNA License. The next 9 1/2 years she gave her loving and tender care to her patients at Sunny Ridge Retirement Center in Nampa. She retired in 1996. Survivors include daughter Sandi Robinson of Kuna, Precious Granddaughter Tara Lee (Pierson) Dewit of Boise, Loving Grandson Lance Loewen-Smith of Belgrade, MT, Bryce Ekart and Kendra Gross. Sisters: Lillian (Bud) Brant, Nancy (Rod) Leslie of Boise, Harold (Blanche) Johnson, Sister-in-Law Josie Johnson of Homedale. Many wonderful nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Bill E. Riley, her sons Kent E Loewen and Randy Ray Loewen, parents Tom and Lena Johnson, Sisters Lorraine Bench and Jessie Smith, and her brother Ray Johnson. At Mama’s request there will be no service at this time. She asked to be cremated. Her wish was to have her nephew Larry Smith of Melba say a few words for her and sing at a Celebration of her life later in the spring or summer. And to say nice things about her because she would be listening. At a later date she will be laid to rest next to her husband Bill and sons Kent and Randy. As special Thank You to Christy Stineman, Rebecca Deppin, and Jesus Garcia of Accent Hospice for your tender and loving care of Mom. Mama, I want you back but I can let you go. You are in my Heart and in my Soul. I will treasure every minute and memory that we shared. For I know that you are at peace and with those you had missed so much. I needed you here but they need you now. Loving You Always………………….. Service Information

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