Doris Libby Beale Riedel
Published: December 9, 2012
On Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, Doris Libby Beale Riedel passed away. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Colonel Phillip H. Riedel Jr.; her father, Charles Yates Libby; her mother, Annabelle Kimball Kuehn; her brother, C. Y. Libby Jr.; her sister, Mabelle Libby Erwin and her two very devoted aunts, Mabelle K. Roberts and Jane K. Waldo.
She is survived by her two sons, Charles W. Beale (Chuck) and wife, Michele of Hot Springs Village, Ark., and Dr. Gregory K. Beale and wife, Dorinda, of Philadelphia, Pa.; five grandchildren, Kara Beale Miller and husband, "Skip" Merle Miller of Salt Lake City, Utah, Glen P. (Biff) Beale and wife, Faires of Austin, Texas, Stephen Beale of Manchester, N.H., Nancy Beale Wittig and husband, David Wittig of Chicago, Ill., and Hannah Beale Klamm and husband, Eric Klamm of Chicago, Ill. Great-grandchildren are Wiley Beale and Patrick Beale of Austin, Texas, Madeline (Ellie) B. Miller of Salt Lake City, Utah and Eden Helen Klamm of Chicago, Ill.
Mrs. Riedel is also survived by her sister, Dr. Joanne K. Peteet of Albuquerque, N.M.; nieces, Diane Bedell and husband Bill Bedell, Boulder, Colo., Pamela Peteet, Donna Peteet of Albuquerque, N.M., and nephews, DeWitt Smith, Boulder, Colo. and Rex Peteet, Austin, Texas.
Her maternal grandparents were from Toddville, Iowa and her paternal grandparents were from McMinn County, Tenn. They were each given a grant of eighty acres to settle in Oklahoma when Oklahoma first became a state. It was previously called "Indian Territory."
She was born in Rankin, Okla. on a farm on March 5, 1914 and moved to Dallas, Texas with her parents when she was a small child. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and attended Southern Methodist University where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
Mrs. Riedel served as administrative assistant to the dean of SMU Law School for thirty years, retiring in 1990 after serving with six different Law School Deans. She was a charter member of Park Cities Presbyterian Church and The Triad Club and also a member of the Mary K. Craig Class and her "supper club."
She loved the Lord and was enthusiastic about her daily life. She enjoyed her friends, her home, decorating, gardening, and antiquing. But her greatest joy was to spend time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
She and her late husband, Philip loved to travel and they made trips to most of the United States, Canada, Greece, the Mediterranean, and North Africa. After Phil's death, Mrs. Riedel moved to Hot Springs Village, Ark. to live out her life nearer her son, Chuck, and has continued to flourish in her later years in her new home. Special thanks go out to her beloved caregivers, Patti, Gloria, Susan, Gayle, Ellie and Diana. The family is indebted to the time and love they invested into our beloved "Grandmommy".
Following a family burial service, a memorial service will be held in the Wildwood Chapel of Restland Cemetary at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. Visitation will also be at Restland from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec.10, 2012 and viewing will be possible on Tuesday morning, Dec. 11, 2012.
Memorials may be made to Fellowship of Christian Athletes/Little Rock Area, c/o Jane Plummer, FCA, 3223 Old Greenwood Road, Ft. Smith, Ark. 72903.
Guests may register at www.caruth-hale.com.