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Virginia Rivera

Virginia Mary Ann Rivera

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020
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On the morning of November 11th, 2020, at the age of 78, Virginia Mary Ann Rivera passed away peacefully at home. She was surrounded by her loved ones, with whom she spent her final days.

Mary Ann was born in Bakersfield, CA on October, 5th 1942. She was a homemaker, mother of six, and proud grandmother of 18 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Mom’s greatest joy was being with her family. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for her family. She often had a house full of grandkids that she was babysitting, and visiting friends and family. She never missed a graduation or birthday party. She loved to dance and party which earned her the name “Margarita Mary”. Not only was she the life of the party she was the heart of our family.

Mary was so loving. She always greeted her kids, family, friends, and even strangers, warmly. She was easy going, spontaneous, and wild at heart. Mary was also a generous and forgiving person. She was a great listener. People were drawn to her, as she was very loveable and kind hearted. She enjoyed spending time in her garden. You could often find her and her lifelong love, Julian Palenzuela, sitting outside on their patio watching their cats and dog Rocky. Together with Julian she owned and operated Kernita Trailer Park for 46 years. Mary liked to travel. She loved to take the train to visit her brother, Benjamin Rivera, in Sacramento and see her sister Ruth Bishop in Colorado. Other memorable trips were to Washington DC, Hawaii, Mexico and a cruise to Alaska.

She is survived by 6 children and their spouses Miguel and Tressa Madrid, Corina Stanley, Debbie and Jorge Bolanos, Carmen and Joey Hernandez, Jackie and Joey West, Julia and Dr. Chris Kiuftis. We will miss her dearly, but we take comfort in knowing she is reunited in heaven with her sister, best friend, and partner in crime Josephine Rivera, son in law George Stanley, Grand daughter Jaime Emerson, and her beloved grandson little Adam “Bat Man” West.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 19th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Thursday, November 19th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Greenlawn Funeral Home - Northeast
    Address
    Address not given
  • Service

    Friday, November 20th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Friday, November 20th, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
    Address
    900 H St.
    BAKERSFIELD, CA 93304
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Posted at 10:20pm
In loving memory. From the Family of KAREN GREER
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The Stanley family

Posted at 01:55pm
We love you big nana. From the Stanley family
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Elizabeth San Miguel

Posted at 01:35pm
Missing my Tia Mary Ann
Always putting Family first. Spending time with us at my Dad's house. Never a dull moment
She even had time to chaperone our house parties if Dad had a gig that night. 💐
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Posted at 10:39pm
You all are in our prayers. From the Central Coast Madrid Family
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Angie West

Posted at 08:52pm
Virginia Mary Ann Rivera better known as Miss Mary. When my son married her daughter Jackie, I wondered what type of person Mary was. Would she be overbearing, snooty, rude, and obnoxious? It turned out Mary was the sweetest lady ever. Mary was my comadre and a good friend. Mary loved parties, BBQs, going out to eat at her favorite place El Patron.
In the early years when Jackie had Frankie, they lived with me. Mary babysat Frankie since we all worked. A couple of years ago Mary told me she was envious of me because Frankie was living with me. I told her I was envious of her because she was caring for Frankie and enjoying him all day. We laughed as we made our confession known to each other.
We also competed in buying gifts for our grandkids we shared. Then came Adam we started doing the same thing but later compromised in buying gifts together. With Adam, we tagged teamed as babysitters since I retired and due to his medical conditions. We made the best babysitter team. We folded laundry at Jackie's house together.
Mary and I rode Amtrak together many times as she visited her brother and I visited my friend. When we took family trips together with her daughter Jackie's family, Mary and I would share a room.
As Mary became unable to drive her chauffer Jackie would bring her to her house. As soon as Mary arrived, she called on her cell phone and say, "Angie I am here come over". I would help Mary clean up her phone by deleting the pic she didn't want, closing tabs, delete old messages. clear her history and website data. We would watch TV and liked most of the same programs.
Mary's greatest joy was her garden filled with various plants and flowers. Mary always made me feel welcome when I visited her home. I could go on and on, so many good memories. I can honestly say Mary loved her family unconditionally. She helped them in any she could.
I am happy I had the opportunity to spend more time with Mary in the last few weeks as she was convalescing at Jackie's. Mary, I know you are listening, you are now with your loved ones including Josie your sister, and especially Adam. I love you and I will miss you dearly.
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