Carylen Riley

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Carylen Louise Riley
September 5, 1931 - December 18, 2012
Carylen Riley 81, of Kuna, recently from Nampa passed Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at home in the arms or her savior with her Daughter Sandi and granddaughter Tara at her side.
Carylen was born in New Underwood, South Dakota on September 5, 1931 to Thomas and Magdalena Johnson. The Johnson family left South Dakota for Idaho in 1940 and settled in Homedale, Idaho.
Carylen graduated from Homedale High School in 1949 where she had been drum major. She then attended Excelcia Beauty School graduating in June of 1950.
Carylen worked in numerous Beauty Salons in the Nampa/Caldwell area. She worked at Caxton Printers and as a Child Support Secretary for the Caldwell Court House. In 1990 Carylen obtained her CNA License. The next 9½ years she gave her loving and tender care to her patients at Sunny Ridge Retirement Center in Nampa.
August 5, 1950 Carylen married Kenneth E. Loewen. From this union they added Sandi, Kent, and Randy.
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.
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".
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 and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Bill E. Riley, sons Kent and Randy Loewen, parents Tom and Lena Johnson, sisters Lorraine Bench and Jessie Smith and brother Ray Johnson.
As special Thank You to Christy, Rebecca and Jesus of Accent Hospice for your tender and loving care of Mom.
Carylen has requested a celebration of life with her family and friends in the Spring. No services will be held at this time. Condolences can be made at

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Dec. 21, 2012