Riley Nicole O’Laughlin, 27


Funeral services for Riley Nicole O’Laughlin, 27, of Kansas City, Missouri, were held May 13, 2023, at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville. Burial was at Lilly Ridge Cemetery in Gainesville. 

Riley died May 5, 2023. She was born on July 18, 1995, to Patrick and Christine (Chilcutt) O’Laughlin in Springfield along with her twin sister Shannon O’Laughlin.

Riley graduated from Nixa High School before earning her degree as a graphic designer from Ozark Technical School. Riley moved to Kansas City to pursue her graphic arts degree. She was employed at a non-profit organization where she loved her work and all the people she worked with.

While there, she came to know Jesus Christ and was baptized at Northland Church in Kansas City (where she was planning a missionary trip to Ecuador). Riley met people wherever she would go, and they became her second family.

Riley would light up the room with her sweetness and positivity in any situation. With her, the world has lost a great shining light and an inspiration for living life to the fullest.

She is survived by her twin sister Shannon O’Laughlin; brother Matthew Bishop; her father Patrick O’Laughlin of Nixa; grandparents Doug and Elaine O’Laughlin; grandmother Elizabeth Chilcutt; aunt Stacia Wyatt and husband Randy; cousins J.J. Schilling, Melissa Albers and Courtney Lindsey.

Riley was preceded in death by her mother Christine O’Laughlin. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Lilly Ridge Cemetery and mailed to the funeral home, PO Box 65; Gainesville, MO 65655. Arrangements are under the direction of Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO. 

Ozark County Times

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PO Box 188
Gainesville, MO 65655

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