Ramona Rivera obit

Ramona G. Rivera

February 3, 1918 - November 7, 2018

Ramona G. Rivera, 100, of El Centro, peacefully went to our Lord surrounded by family and friends on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 due to natural causes.

She was born on February 3, 1918 in Sinaloa, Mexico, to parents Miguel Lizarraga and Concepcion Garcia. Ramona resided in Sinaloa, Sonora, and Mexicali, Baja California, working in the tomato and cotton harvests. In the 1950s she moved to El Centro, CA, where she met Fernando Rivera.  They married and settled in Mexicali.  In 1973, they moved to El Centro.  Ramona continued to reside in El Centro until her time of death.  

Ramona was preceded in death by her husband Fernando Rivera, her parents Miguel and Concepcion, and 10 brothers and sisters.  She is survived by her sister, Amada Lizarraga of Mexicali; son, Antonio G. Rivera of El Centro; daughter Francisca Rivera of Corona, CA; grandchildren, Nestor A. Rivera of El Centro; Anna Smith, Rodolfo Trejo, and Gabriela Morales of Corona, CA; Maria Del Rosario Ledesma of Boise, ID, and several great-grandchildren.

Doña Ramona was a hardworking, loyal, and faithful lady. She was very sociable and she loved visiting with family & friends, thankfully doing so until a week before her passing. She enjoyed making tamales, knitting, learned to needlepoint in her 90’s, as well as gardening, traveling, watching boxing and lucha libre. Baseball was her favorite sport, she was a big LA Dodger and Los Aguilas de Mexicali fan.  

She was loved by many and her wisdom, generosity, and love will carry on in the legacy she leaves behind in the hearts of those who knew her.

The family would like to thank Dr. Lorenzo Suarez, MD and staff for their outstanding care over the last 20 years;  all of Ramona’s caregivers Rosa, Tina, Luz, Lupita, Licha, Cristina and friends and family for the many years of kindness, support, prayers, and love.

Mass and funeral services were held in Mexicali, Mexico on Sunday, November 18, 2018.  Family and friends are invited to pray for Ramona during mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in El Centro, on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

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