August 12, 2019


Mary Katherine (Riesselman) Youll, 64, of Bentonville, Arkansas, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Bentonville.

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 St. Luke 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, Kansas) 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 Catholic Church.

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

She was preceded in death by her father, Vincent Riesselman, and mother, Edith (Hoffman) Riesselman.

A memorial gathering will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Callison-Lough Funeral Home in Bentonville, with a rosary at 5. Funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Bentonville. Celebrant will be the Rev. Monsignor Scott L. Marczuk. Lectors will be Connie Coleman and Gary Keesling. Gift bearers will be Vince Herold, Cooper Herold and Madeline Youll.