Riley Gardner Memorial of Austin

Helping Preserve Family Legacy Since 1956

At Riley-Gardner Memorial we carry the highest quality granite and marble in the industry. All of the monuments that we carry have proven to withstand the outdoor elements and therefore meet our one-of-a-kind guarantee. At each location and funeral home that we serve, there are educated sales representatives who will guide you through the process of memorializing your loved one.

Choosing and Personalizing Your Memorial

When you walk into one of our locations, you can expect a heartfelt greeting from one of our friendly representatives. Time will be spent listening to you tell them about your loved one and finding out how to best serve your memorial needs. Once all options have been discussed, our representatives are trained to assist you in creating a one-of-a-kind monument. Each of our outlet locations are equipped to produce a computer generated proof of your headstone. This proof will be a scaled version of your custom memorial and is key in our mistake proof guarantee. Our representatives and artists specialize in creating all different types of monuments; from general sandblast designs, to laser etchings, to fully sculpted headstones.

Producing Your Memorial

Once these processes are complete, the stone is rolled out into the main production area where a thin layer of glue is applied to the freshly frosted areas. The stencil panels are placed back in the frosted areas from which they were earlier removed, and all of the lines and lettering will then be pulled to leave behind the design which will be cut deeply into the stone. The stone will next be sent through one of our two automated sandblasts. Once this final sandblasting is complete, the stone is pushed into the paint and wash room, where the newly sandblasted lettering and design will be painted. After being painted, the stencil is removed, the stone is washed and pushed out onto the drying rack.

Riley-Gardner Memorial takes pride in producing quality monuments. The production procedures discussed above are known as double processing. Double processing produces the sharpest and longest lasting lettering possible. Not all memorial companies produce this way, and it is very important to know that a single processed stone will fade and flake at a much faster rate.


After you have been presented with the custom design work you have requested and approve the rendering of your memorial we will begin the production phase. Your monument is brought into our manufacturing facility. A special template is cut out of a rubber mat which we call a stencil. The stencil matches the size and shape of the headstone you have selected and will be centered and laid out on the stone. All exposed polished areas that do not receive lettering or design will be covered with patching in order to protect them during the sandblasting process. All of the stencil that makes up the panels around the lettering, emblems, or design work will then be removed and laid aside for later use. At this point, the stone will go into our frosting sandblast where the polish is removed, leaving a bright panel to bring out the lettering and design work. If there are flowers in the design, the stone will then go into our special carving sandblast machine. This sandblast is designed for the artist to shape the flowers with a handheld sandblasting tool.

Riley-Gardner Memorial takes pride in producing quality monuments. The production procedures discussed above are known as double processing. Double processing produces the sharpest and longest lasting lettering possible. Not all memorial companies produce this way, and it is very important to know that a single processed stone will fade and flake at a much faster rate.

Laser Design

Riley-Gardner Memorial has been producing our own laser designed monuments since 2004. Before a lasered monument is created, an image must be input or designed in our computer program. This is a very tedious and time intensive process; however, once our artists have created an image, we can duplicate it as many times as needed. The most common color used for laser etching is Premium Black. Premium Black produces the cleanest laser photos and designs one can find. Other colors, such as Catseye Red and Dark Cloud, have proven to work well with laser; those colors show laser artwork very nicely but are not recommended for laser photos. Laser monuments are becoming more and more common in cemeteries. One question often asked is, “How long will the laser design last?” Laser, like sandblast, puts a break in the polish and exposes the raw stone beneath. The laser heats the stone and removes the polish where sandblast cuts into the stone therefore removing the polish. Unless the monument loses its polish or is re-polished the laser design will last for many years to come.


Once the above preparations are complete, the final stone product is ready for the installation process. We have crews stationed throughout Texas and Oklahoma so that we know that your newly crafted memorial will be guided safely to it final resting place.

What People Say About Us

Client Testimonials

Steve sure make the difficult time felt better. the entire process was so smooth and easy. Steve is compassionate, thoughtful and always there for you. We ordered a double stand-up headstone and it's beautiful. Highly recommended!!!
Todd Reay
I purchased headstones for my family here. The staff is compassionate, thoughtful and very respectful. They informed me of the whole process from purchase of the stone, to the installation process via the cemetery. I'm very pleased with them and their process.
Anne Gueta
Steve Gilbert was wonderful and extremely compassionate and professional with me and my mother after my dad’s passing. He does impeccable work and is always available for questions. A+ service Anne Gueta
Linda Ybarra
As we all know this is one of the hardest things we have to do for our loved ones, but when you have some one like Steve helping you it makes things a little easier ... he is so caring and listens to what you want to detail ... I am very pleased with my mother headstone I love it very much
Elizabeth Ashcroft
I’m so late to giving my review, but just wanted to say that Steve was so patient with me in trying to figure out exactly what my husband and I wanted for our baby girl’s headstone. I was able to fully customize it, even down to the fonts that were used. During such a hard time, he made it a little easier during the whole process. Turn around time was actually quicker than expected, and they held on to her headstone for us until we were ready to have it installed. Highly recommend Riley-Gardner Memorial.
Diane Hinojosa
Riley Gardner Memorial has been a comfort to my family especially Steve. They have designed and created several headstones and resting places for 3 of our loving family members. They took special care in making unique and memorable stones for us making sure to capture the essence of our loved ones. We would trust no one else to help us during this time of need and would highly recommend them to anyone. Thank you Riley Gardner Memorial.
This was one of the best experiences my family had during this difficult time. Riley Gardner Memorial was the best choice that we could have made to have my late father's monument done. From the beginning of the process, Steve worked with my mother and myself through the design and completion of the project. Steve was very patient with us and made sure that every detail that we wanted was included. He never tried selling us more than what we wanted and was an ease to work with. He gave us several options until we made a decision. Not only was the design exactly what we wanted, but we were also surprised to get our monument ahead of the expected delivery date. Steve also went out to the cemetery to ensure that the monument was set correctly and looked right. We can't thank Steve and Riley-Gardner enough for the great job that they did on my Dad's monument.
Kerri Bishop
Riley-Gardner Memorial provided excellent customer service. For such an awful thing to have to do of choosing a headstone for my late husband, they made it the best experience it could have been. During my appointment, I was never rushed or pressured. They gave me all my options and listened carefully to my wishes. They had the best pricing I could also find in Austin. After choosing the headstone, Steve Gardner was very prompt and thorough in follow up communication regarding a photo we had placed on the headstone. It was also delivered and placed even earlier than the guaranteed date which is always a blessing and they did a fantastic job with the installation. I highly recommend Riley-Gardner Memorial.
Jim Anderson
We had an excellent experience with this store. Steve Gilbert worked with us on the design and the result was beautiful. Everything went smoothly from beginning to end. Initially we tried to do this on our own, that wasn't going so well. Working with someone like Steve made a huge difference, some guidance is very helpful.