Carole Suzanne "Suzy" Riley (1946 - 2017)

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Carole Suzanne Riley "Suzy" was born on February 20, 1946 in Fort Wayne, Indiana and passed away in Denver, Colorado on September 19, 2017. She lived in Indiana, Edmonton, Alberta, Vancouver, British Columbia, North Dakota, Kansas, Ohio, California and Colorado, spending thirty-nine years in southern California where she raised her two sons and had more dogs than we could count. She was the neighborhood mom, the home where all of the kids wanted to be because she accepted each one for who they were and showed a genuine interest in each of them. Suzy had a special gift of always making others feel welcome, showing an interest in them and entertaining them with her stories. She always put her family and friends first. Mike and Pat, her boys, were proud of the effort she put into supporting Irish Northern Aid. They remember how she taught them not only to be themselves but she always told them to be true to yourself and stand up for what you believe in. She loved children and ran a home childcare, so that she could be home with her sons when they were little. Devoted to her boys, she supported their interest in the Boy Scouts by serving as Den Mother and Boy Scout Leader.She cherished her grandchildren marveling at each one's talents and interests. She wanted them to have a great time at Grandma's and had fun planning movie nights, trips to the movies, baking cookies and other activities with them. But it was sharing everyday moments of feeding the chick-ens, collecting the eggs, growing fruits and vegetables, reading together and making up stories that will be treasured forever.Suzy was the one you would call when you needed that special someone to stand up for you and believe in you. Her sister, Laurie, called her "coach" after Suzy was Laurie's birth coach for her son Tyler's delivery. Auntie Tudie rescued her nieces from their mundane Muggle lives and introduced them to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The girls enjoyed their all-night movie marathons while visiting her in Denver. She always made them feel safe, because she told them that, "Auntie Tudie's got a Glock and she's not afraid to use it." Suzy was an avid reader and especially enjoyed Star Wars books. Maybe that is why she was such a good storyteller. Suzy told stories with enthusiasm sharing her humor and had a way of making every-thing more interesting and fascinating. ?The first time Debbie, Suzy's future sister-in-law, talked to her, it was on the phone and they talked for 3 hours. Her stories of how she met Joe and how their romance evolved was so entertaining Debbie didn't want the call to end for fear she wouldn't have the chance to talk to this wonderful person again. Little did Debbie know at that time that Suzy and Joe would marry and that she would have many opportunities for phone calls with Suzy over the coming years.After moving to Colorado, her love of children brought her to Douglas County as a school bus driver. Suzy loved this job. She adored her co-workers and enjoyed getting to know the kids. One year, on the last day of school, she gave each child a water balloon to throw at the bus when they got off. Coolest bus driver ever. Suzy was a person who chose to define her life in her own way. She did not conform to others expectations. She did what she felt was right and succeeded at it.Suzy shared nearly 29 years of marriage with the love of her life, Joey. Seen holding hands walking into the bus terminal, anyone seeing the way they looked at each other understood the depth of their relationship.Suzy brought joy into people's lives. She will be dearly missed.A devoted wife, mother, grandma, sister, aunt and friend, she is predeceased by her mother, M. June Lall and father, Tilak R. Lall, and survived by her husband, Joe, her eldest son Michael, his wife Corey, their son Jacob and daughter Fiona, and younger son Patrick and his daughter Alison, brothers Warren Lall and Nick Lall, sisters Cheri Wechsler and husband Jim and Laurie Lall, nephews Sean Stanford and Tyler Lall and nieces Kati and Jenni Wechsler.If you have a memory or comment about Suzy that you would like to share, please visit and search her name.
Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from Sept. 28 to Oct. 27, 2017