Carolyn Sue Vargason

March 31, 1949 ~ June 11, 2022

Born in: Owensboro, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Carolyn Sue Vargason Reisz, 73, of Owensboro passed on into eternity Saturday, June 11, 2022 surrounded by her family under the care of Hospice of Western Kentucky. Carolyn was born March 31, 1949 in Owensboro to James William Vargason and Frances Henry Vargason.

Carolyn was a graduate of Owensboro Senior High School in 1967, and often talked of her high school days. She was retired, having worked in banking in the 70’s and 80’s and property management in the 90’s. Carolyn was a member of First Baptist Church, with a strong faith and belief in her Lord.

Carolyn loved music, and had filled her phone with all her favorite songs from the 60’s and 70’s. She loved animals, especially horses and dogs. She grew up on Locust Street, the youngest of six children, absolutely adored her family and all the cherished memories from her childhood. Carolyn had an uncanny ability of recalling every little “wild and wonderful” Vargason detail. Carolyn’s greatest love was for her precious son, Christopher “Todd” Reisz, whom she lost suddenly on March 17, 2019. Todd was Carolyn’s pride and joy, and one of the highlights of her life was a Caribbean Cruise they took years ago. She smiled many times saying their reunion in Heaven was going to be a very sweet day indeed.

She was preceded in death by her wonderful parents, beloved son, a sister, Betty Joann Garrett, a special “brother-in love,” Ed Baker. Carolyn is survived by her beloved brothers (and sisters- in- love) William “Billy” Vargason and his wife Bobbie, and James “Jimmy” Vargason and his wife Dot, all of Owensboro. Her sweet sisters Joyce Wood of Owensboro, and Mary Frances Baker of Aurora, Colorado. Her many nieces and nephews “blessings”, Pamela Garrett, Kimberly Wood, Stephanie Leibee (Don), Stacey Smith, and Angela Lewis (Darin) of Owensboro, Scott Vargason (Melissa) of Lewisport, Jennifer Roberts (Sheldon) of Bloomington, Illinois, and Dana Walden and Michael Baker (Kerry) of Aurora, Colorado. She is also survived by 12 great- nieces and nephews, and 9 great-great nieces and nephews.

Carolyn’s family wishes to express their extreme and profound gratitude to all those that provided compassionate care to Carolyn – Owensboro Health doctors, nurses and aides, Dr. Becky McKindles and staff, Dr. Michael Muzoora and staff, Dr. Randall Thomas and staff, Enhabit Home Health, Hospice of Westen Kentucky, Danhauer Drugs, Emory Center Pharmacy, Cherri Care, and One Park Place staff and neighbors.

Private graveside services will take place at Rosehill-Elmwood Cemetery officiated by Brother Paul Strahan of First Baptist Church.

Expressions of sympathy can be made in the form of donation to Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10306 or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Carolyn. Leave your messages of condolence for the family of Carolyn Vargason Reisz and sign her virtual guestbook at

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  1. Carolyn’s family:
    So sorry to hear about her passing..been friends with her, David and Todd for many years..A long time ago, we went boating, swimming and clubbing all around town..
    Used to tell Todd (at Kroger) to give her my best and he always said he would!
    I’ll kep her in my thoughts and prayers,,May the Lord guide you through this
    difficult time..

    Tom Luckett

  2. To Carolyn’s Family
    So sorry to hear of Carolyn’s passing. We were friends since 1962. There were a ton of fond memories and laughs. When I didn’t get to see her in later years, Todd would let me know how she was doing. I miss his big smiles and hugs. Would have loved to say goodbye or told her I loved her.

  3. Dearest Carolyn’s Family,
    I am so sad to hear of Carolyn’s passing. We were young friends and neighbors on Locust St. many, many years ago. She was truly a wonderful person. We had great fun walking one another home. We would get halfway to her house and halfway to our house. Then, we would wave and run in different directions making sure we were safe getting back to our perspective homes.
    We laughed so much. May time bring peace, grace bring healing, and love bring comfort.
    With heartfelt sympathy in this time of loss.
    Vicki L. Vowels
    Chicagoland, IL

  4. Carolyn was a very kind person and all about business while working at Malcom Bryant. Always kind to me and my sisters who also knew her. A very beautiful soul has earned her wings, rest in heaven.

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. May you find comfort and healing in the special memories of a lifetime.

  6. Carolyn was a delightful person: Kind, funny, and most importantly loved all. She shall be missed! On behalf of the entire Tony Clark family, we are keeping you all close in thoughts and prayers.

    Angela Clark

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