Amparo Rivera

(Jul 12, 1926 to Dec 9, 2012)

Mrs. Amparo Rivera lovingly known as Grandma or Mrs. Rivera has gone home to be with her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. Amparo put aside her ambitions in life so that her four children would know a better life. She departed her birthplace and beloved Island of Puerto Rico and settled in Brooklyn, NY where she raised her children. She was a strict but loving parent preparing them for life’s ups and downs. Amparo worked cutting intricate lace which was used on wedding dresses, etc. She was also a master crocheter and did intricate work on doilies and made heirloom quality bedspreads. Even though this was eye straining she continued to enjoy doing it up to her 86th year. Though English wasn’t her native language she loved doing crossword puzzles, jumbles, etc. She never let the ups and downs of life get her down. She loved to laugh and joke around. She raised four educated children who serve both their Lord and their communities. She was predeceased by her loving granddaughter, Enid, and is survived by her dearly loved sister, Julia. She also leaves behind her children Obed, Eliasib, Ruth, and Pastor Nelson Santiago and their families, 11 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and two nieces and 1 nephew. Mrs. Rivera leaves behind a legacy of love and faith. In her latter years she worked as an aide at Sunrise Christian Daycare, and was loved by all the children who affectionately called her grandma. She will always be remembered by her favorite tag line, “I can’t believe it.”. Come celebrate 86 motherly years Thursday 6-8 pm and Friday from 10 am at Word of Truth Fellowship Assemblies of God Church, 170 Franklin St. Swedesboro where there will be a going home celebration Friday at 11 am.

2 thoughts on “Amparo Rivera

  1. Laura Gonzalez

    Titi Amparo was my favorite aunt and we both knew it.rnI will always treasure the memories of hugs and laughter. When I was a kid I was extremely shy and she’d hug me hard and laugh and taught me what a real warm hug felt like. Tears came easily to both us. Some might see that as a weakness. We both knew otherwise, it is simply outlet that helped us get to the victories.rnI always looked forward to spending time my Titi. I knew there’d be a warm embrace, a loving smile and lots of laughter. She was too funny and I have tons of great memories and stories that I will always treasure. rnrn”I can’t believe it” either that she is no longer with us. But what I can believe is that she is in Heaven, that I will miss her and that one day I will see her again.

  2. Mayra Yrizarry

    I have truly been blessed to have so many wonderful memories of love and laughter with Amparo. I am sure her legacy of love is widespread through so many years of sharing her love and heart with others. God has taken another angel home. Bendicion.nnMayra

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