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.
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