Carrie Lou (Risdon) DAVID

Carrie Lou David

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Carrie Lou David nee Risdon, 37, of Springfield, passed away Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.

Carrie was born July 29, 1976, in Burlington, IA, the daughter of Richard Risdon and Pamela (Dickey) Smit. In addition to the love of her parents, Carrie was raised, loved, and cared for by her entire extended family, notably Cheri and Mike McKitrick of Fruitland Park, FL; her Aunt Karen and Uncle Leroy of Dysart, IA; Aunt Jenny Dickey of Belmont, IA; and of course her sisters, Dawn Carlson of Cedar Rapids, IA and Amy Neiss of Fargo, ND. Together they raised an outgoing and beautiful young woman who's salt could only be garnered from unparalleled clan cooperation.

Carrie graduated from Taylorville High School and attended Illinois College majoring in Education with a minor in Drama. Carrie began her teaching career at Pleasant Plains Middle School. Carrie would soon discover she had a penchant for reaching and inspiring kids and would go on to acquire a master's degree in school counseling from Eastern Illinois University. Carrie's true muse was being a universal spark for the learning and betterment of each of her students and doing whatever that took to inspire even the most troubled student. Carrie was avidly involved in Speech, Theater/Drama, and counseling at Pleasant Plains and continues to inspire teachers and students alike through the word of her teamwork, compassion, humor, commitment, work ethic, pragmatism and genuine passion, empathy and love for the human condition, the likes of which are scarcely known.

Carrie met Andrew (Andy) David, a nurse, of Springfield in late 2008; they married surrounded by many, many supportive people and family in a simple, but beautiful (and carefully crafted by her) ceremony at Long Bridge Golf Course on June 16, 2012. Carrie and Andy deeply enjoyed each other's company, personality and being. They shared many secrets, told each other many truths and shared beliefs and values, tears, joy and support; culminating in the birth of a gorgeous chubby-cheeked daughter, Piper Jane David, on Jan. 24, 2014.

To say she will be missed is incommensurate as is evident in the overwhelming intangible effigy of sorrow, thanksgiving, empathy, and love put forth by this community. Her gracious mother, father, sisters and husband respectfully thank you all...on behalf of the perfect woman.

Carrie is survived by her loving husband, Andy, and their newborn daughter, Piper Jane David of Springfield; her mother, Pamela; her father and stepmother, Richard and Rietta Risdon; her sisters, Dawn (Steve) Carlson and Amy (Darren) Neiss; nephews, Mitch and Brandon Neiss, of Fargo, ND; aunts and uncles, Cheri (Mike) McKitrick of Fruitland Park, FL, and Jenny Dickey of Cedar Rapids, IA; her father- and mother-in-law, Terry and Saundra David; brother-in-law, Matt David; sister-in-law, Gabrielle David, all of Springfield; her cousin, Sheenan Floy Mao of Rochester, MN; as well as numerous students, and friends.

Carrie's family will receive guests on Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 4-8 p.m. at Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd., Springfield, IL 62711.

A casual funeral service officiated by Rev. Betty Coffey will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at 10:30 am at the funeral home. The family will greet friends again from 9:30 am until the time of service. Cremation rites will be accorded after the funeral services.

In lieu of flowers, the family and Carrie's husband respectfully request donations be made to the Baby Piper and Carrie David Memorial Fund at Marine Bank; 217-726-0600.

Please share in Carrie's online "Life Remembered Story" at

Funeral Home

Bisch Funeral Home
2931 South Koke Mill Road Springfield, IL 62711
(217) 544-5424