Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Posted May 29, 2011 6:12am

We enjoyed Ella's birthday yesterday. Only a couple of times did Riley's shadow darkened the otherwise wonderful day for her. We have so many wonderful stories to share even of the last few days without Riley here with us.

At Chuck E Cheese for Ella's party, Paul noticed a little girl who wanted a Snow White figurine but her mother told her they didn't have enough tickets and she couldn't have the doll. Paul came to Kelly to ask if he could give her the 300 of his tickets so she could get the figurine "Because Riley would have wanted her to have the Snow White and Riley would have given her the tickets."

Our hearts swelled and our eyes flowed as we were relieved and thankful that Riley's impact was still felt because others will continue to live as she did.

Today is visitation and tomorrow the service. I have added the links below to the newspaper and television stories about Riley. All did a great job and give different perspectives to our baby's life. I have also posted a copy of her obituary at the bottom. Her obituary appeared in the Kansas City Star the same day has her grandfathers, Mark Wempe. Beautiful thing is that this wasn't planned by the family.

WINTERVILLE - Ms. Riley Michelle Philpot, 10, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Monday at 11 am at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Pinewood Memorial Park.

Riley Philpot was born June 15, 2000, to Kirk and Kelly Wempe Philpot and is the oldest of four children. Riley was diagnosed with Wilm's Tumor in May 2006 and strongly battled cancer six times in her life. Although she lived half her life fighting cancer, she never viewed herself as sick. She remained active and left a lasting impression on the Greenville area.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 while having a great day at home, she walked to her mother with her hands raised high. As her mother lifted her into her arms, Riley passed immediately into the arms of Jesus.

Riley's favorite color is pink. She was active in Future Stars Soccer and she attended Wintergreen Intermediate were she was a student, but taught many. She enjoyed school and she continues to love her friends. Her family is her greatest gift on earth and she enjoys and loves her brother Jon Paul and her sisters Ella and Ashlyn. She brightened this world with her smile and she continues to bring joy to all.

She had a special love of life and lived with unwavering faith. She knew God's plan and was here for a purpose - to please The Father. She shared her faith by living life. Many who knew her have grown stronger in faith because of her example. Many have been saved because of His story of her. She continues to be thankful for all of God's blessings.

She worried about others more than herself. She led many and even in death she helped lead her Grandfather to heaven just five hours after her own transition into His arms. She inspired many to help others and inspired the formation of Riley's Army. Riley's Army will continue to help children with cancer and their families.

As Riley has reminded us His plan is so very easy to understand - it is simply to do what is best for all of us. Although at times it does not seem to be what is best for Riley or our family, we know that this path is what is best for us all. We pray this story will bring many people closer to God and we thank Him for our blessings along this path. We hold on strongly to His plan, constant presence and perfect love knowing that He alone can give us the peace we desire.

Without God none of this would have been possible nor tolerable.

We love you always and forever, Mom and Dad.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the church. A rosary will be said at 6 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Riley's Army Fund/GGCF, P.O. Box 20154, Greenville, NC 27858.

Arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory, Greenville.


Anne - Mommy Has to Work said...

such a sweet story - kids can be so caring some times.

Nancy StylenDecorDeals said...

How very sad! I will keep Riley (now an angel) and the family in my thoughts and prayers.

I stopped to say hello and see if you wanted to enter my Giveaway for a Designer Top. After reading this post, however, it seems so irrelevant!

Denise G said...

What a special little girl. My condolences to the family!