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Rivera Family OR

Rivera Family


The Rivera Family was having a really bad day. They lost their dad in a car accident on their way to the funeral they were headed to. You can see why the family asked you to find a new way to honor him so they could live their lives in peace.



We believe the most valuable thing we own is our good reputation. For this reason, we have become the most preferred funeral home and crematory in this region. Our mission for over a century has been to provide genuine care. We create exceptional service and superior value, as well as quality products and facilities. We pledge integrity and respect in all we do. We are able to offer a wide range of services to meet your family’s needs and customs. We will listen and help you plan a unique celebration that honors your loved one. Our website contains information about our caring staff, our services and links to resources to help you get through this difficult time.

At Rivera Family Funeral Home we provide beautiful venues and unique services to help you plan a service or gathering to give your family and friends a focused time to grieve together. (Source: riverafamilyfuneralhome.com)

Rivera Family Funeral Home owns and operates its own crematory. All cremations are under our control and supervision and the process is always respectful and dignified. (Source: riverafamilyfuneralhome.com The Memorial Garden is the city’s only family owned & managed funeral home, cemetery and crematory. It is a non-denominational cemetery open to everyone in the community. (Source:riverafamilyfuneralhome.com))

Rivera’s Pre-Planning Consultants can help provide guidance and insights necessary to help you and your family create a meaningful funeral experience that honors the life of your loved one. (Source: riverafamilyfuneralhome.com)

“I lost my son on his 29th birthday and the pain was overwhelming. I had no idea how to plan a funeral for my son and certainly wasn’t in a place where I was functioning well. The people at Rivera Family Funerals & Cremations helped me through this difficult time. They not only helped with the logistics, but they wanted to know about my son. They were patient, considerate, and caring, and while the pain remains, with their help I was able to navigate planning and having a funeral in Virginia while grieving in New Mexico. Life is full of difficult and wonderful times, but I can strongly recommend the Rivera Family Funerals & Cremations to help you on the most trying days you may ever have.” (Source: riverafamilyfuneralhome.com)

“With our unexpected loss, we couldn’t have asked for a better, smoother experience with Rivera Family Funerals. With a sudden loss of a loved one, you become lost and you don’t know what to do, or where to go. I highly highly recommend this place. The team is empathetic, loving and helps you with your questions. The simple words ‘thank you’ don’t seem enough to express the gratitude I feel for the love, support and generosity that has been show to me and my family at this time of sorrow. How very true that saying, ‘Actions speak louder than words.’ Your actions have spoken volumes!!” (Source: riverafamilyfuneralhome.com)

“Thank you Rivera Family Funerals for being so caring at this difficult time while we made arrangements for my dad. Everyone we encountered was professional and compassionate. We so appreciated the American flag they provided to cover him. I feel very fortunate that we chose Rivera. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” (Source: riverafamilyfuneralhome.com)

“The professionalism and genuine care shown to us from all of the staff was exceptional and made the process as easy as we could have hoped for in this difficult time. We especially loved the new feature offered by Rivera to create a website in memory of my mother. That feature was a wonderful avenue to share memories with our friends and loved ones and continue my mom’s legacy. It truly has helped us through the initial stages of our grieving process. The attentiveness to detail and to our particular needs and concerns exceeded our expectations, and truly made us feel like family. Thanks to all at Rivera for your kindness and, in particular, the memory website, which has helped us during this difficult time.” (Source: riverafamilyfuneralhome.com)

Rivera Family Funerals & Cremations of Espanola : (505) 753-2288 (Source: riverafamilyfuneralhome.com Rivera Family Funerals & Cremations of Los Alamos: (505) 663-6880 (Source:riverafamilyfuneralhome.com))

In this Spanish name, the first or paternal surname is Rivera and the second or maternal family name is Saavedra. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

Rivera, along with six others, died in a plane crash near Monterrey, on December 9, 2012. An investigation was unable to determine the causes of the accident. Lawsuits involving the owners of the plane, Rivera's estate, and family members of those on board with Rivera were filed. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

On July 2, 2013, Unbreakable/Inquebrantable, Rivera's official autobiography, arrived. Rivera had been working on it for years, and after her death her family put it together and turned it into a full book that became an instant New York Times bestseller. The total sales from Jenni Rivera's autobiography's different editions (including English and Spanish) made it the top-selling book in the United States the week of its release, Univision reported. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

Rivera's family has released two parts of her last concert in Monterrey, titled 1969 - Siempre, En Vivo Desde Monterrey, Parte 1 and 1969 - Siempre, En Vivo Desde Monterrey, Parte 2. Both albums have been commercially successful, in the United States and Mexico. Both albums peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart, No. 1 on the Regional Mexican Albums chart, and No. 2 on Mexico's Top 100 chart. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

Growing up in Long Beach, Calif., Jenni (real name: Dolores Janney "Jenni" Rivera Saavedra) was immersed in the Mexican music scene from an early age. The family was extremely close and Jenni’s parents introduced all their children to traditional Mexican music, including the genres of banda, norteña, and ranchera. (Source: www.distractify.com)

The early musical immersion paid off for the Rivera family, as nearly all the siblings went into the music business when they were older. Although none of Jenni’s other siblings reached the levels of fame and success that she did, they all are established, famous musicians in the Latin music scene. (Source: www.distractify.com)

Oldest brother Juan Rivera was already a toddler when his mother Rosa became pregnant with Jenni in 1968. At the time, the family still lived in Mexico but decided to move to the United States while Juan was a little boy and Rosa was still pregnant. Jenni was subsequently born in 1969 in Culver City, Los Angeles. (Source: www.distractify.com)

Later, she and her family also began to appear on the reality show Rica, Famosa, Latina. (Source: www.distractify.com Rosie is also a spokesperson for victims of sexual abuse, which she suffered through at a young age. In 2016, she published My Broken Pieces: Mending the Wounds From Sexual Abuse Through Faith, Family, and Love, in which Rosie discusses the tragic, life-altering trauma she underwent and the process by which she came out on the other side of the abuse. (Source:www.distractify.com))

You can see how Rivera families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rivera family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Rivera families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 337 Rivera families living in New Mexico. This was about 54% of all the recorded Rivera's in the USA. New Mexico had the highest population of Rivera families in 1880. (Source: www.ancestry.com)

The Riveras are a family of shoemakers from the town of Santa Cecilia and major characters in the 2017 Disney•Pixar animated feature film, Coco. (Source: disney.fandom.com)

A tightly-knit group, the Riveras are humble people who collectively run the Rivera Family Shoemakers line. Unfortunately, they are known in their home as being the only family who despises music in an otherwise musical town, due to a family tiff that happened between the family's former matriarch Imelda and her husband Héctor back in the past. Since then, the family has only grown and still carries the taboo on music. Nowadays, Elena (currently known as Abuelita) acts as Imelda's successor and upholds her maternal grandmother's rules, notably no music, with passion. (Source: disney.fandom.com)

In the present day, Miguel learns and reveals to his family, living and deceased, that Héctor had every intention of returning to Imelda and Coco, but was tragically murdered on his way back by his friend Ernesto de la Cruz. With Miguel's findings and Mama Coco's evidence, the family finally forgives Héctor, and the ban on music is lifted. As a result, Héctor's reputation is restored, and his family welcomes him back into the clan. Following these events, some of the Riveras start pursuing music themselves. (Source: disney.fandom.com)

In earlier drafts, the deceased Riveras were cursed in the Land of the Dead to sing strangely whenever they open their mouths as a result of hating music in their lifetime. They originally saw Héctor's guitar as a source of their curse. They were originally more relentless as they would go to great lengths to pursue Miguel in order to break Héctor's guitar in order to break that curse. When the film was originally to be a musical like Disney's style, the Riveras would originally perform a pointless musical number to educate Miguel on Día de Los Muertos, which contradicts their nature as a music-hating family. (Source: disney.fandom.com)

Julio (Alfonso Arau), also known as Papá Julio, was the husband of Mamá Coco, and the father of Elena and Victoria. He gets very frantic easily, but he has his family's best interests at heart. Due to her advancing age, Coco tends to mistake her great-grandson Miguel for Julio. Despite being the shortest and easily unnerved member of the family, he is brave when it counts as he was the first to charge into battle against Ernesto's security guards. Though he enjoyed music when he was younger, he loved Coco enough to give it up and join her family. (Source: disney.fandom.com Victoria (Dyana Ortellí), also known as Tía Victoria, was the first-born daughter of Coco and Julio, and the older sister of Elena, whom she predeceased apparently by a significant margin. She is one of the taller members of the family and is very composed and severe, in contrast to her more outgoing aunt Rosita. She is shown to be intelligent, analytical and logical as she is the first to realize that Miguel is not quite dead and also deduces that he must have something to do with Imelda being unable to cross over. When Miguel asks her for her blessing, in contrast to her other family's terrified reactions (as they do not want to cross Imelda) she just shakes her head. She and Rosita are both surprised when they see Imelda singing onstage and later help expose Ernesto de la Cruz's villainy to the Land of the Dead; Victoria switches on a camera that Rosita has angled on him to broadcast his rants against the family. (Source:disney.fandom.com))

Franco Rivera (Roberto Donati) is the husband of Abuelita, the grandfather of Miguel, and the father of Berto, Gloria, and Enrique. Unlike his wife, Franco is relaxing and calm; he is the one who can keep Abuelita's temper in check. Like Julio before him, he willingly gave up music to marry his wife and become part of her family. (Source: disney.fandom.com Gloria Rivera (Carla Medina) also known as Tía Gloria, is the daughter of Elena and Franco, and the sister of Berto and Enrique. Unlike her brothers, Gloria never married or had children. However, she is still very close to her family and treats her nieces and nephews like they were her own. Gloria is seen manning the front of the shop and selling shoes to customers, though she likely knows how to make them as well. (Source:disney.fandom.com))

Benny and Manny, also known as Primos Benny and Manny are the twin sons of Berto and Carmen, and the younger brothers of Abel and Rosa. Before Socorro's birth, they were the youngest members of the Rivera family. (Source: disney.fandom.com)

The Rivera family is introduced as a prosperous family business with a strong prohibition of music. The only members who still like music are Coco, the eldest family member, and her great-grandson, Miguel. At Mariachi Plaza, Miguel shines a mariachi's shoes who tells him about a talent show tonight as Abuelita, Berto, and Rosa confront them, and Miguel is later taken home after Abuelita scares off the mariachi. Scolded by his parents (and teased by his older cousins), he took to the family ofrenda as preparations for Dia de Los Muertos. After sneaking away from his grandmother's lectures, Miguel hides in a secret attic where he finishes a makeshift guitar and listens to de la Cruz on a recording, which inspires him to perform in the talent show. He tries to sneak out of the family residence, but his parents and Abuelita have decided to promote him from shining shoes to making them after close calls. He is deeply shocked as this means his hidden musical activities will be nearly obsolete. When Dante knocks Imelda's photo off the ofrenda, Miguel sees that his great-great-grandfather had the same guitar as Ernesto and concludes that the late musician is the infamous ancestor. He reveals this to the family, and they are disappointed with his secret involvement with music. Miguel tries to explain what he found out, but they refuse to support and listen to him. This causes him to angrily lash out, saying that he does not care about ending up on "some stupid "ofrenda", making them all gasp in horror at such words. Abuelita, determined to prevent him from following the same path as his great-great-grandfather, then smashes Miguel's painstakingly crafted guitar despite the boy's pleas, shocking Miguel and even the other Riveras who think she's gone too far. With his dream crushed and fed up with his family's refusal to support his passion for music, Miguel runs away into the night, leaving his frantic relatives desperately searching for him all night. Unbeknownst to the living Riveras, Miguel is turned into a spirit and finds out he cannot commune with them. Following Dante, Miguel runs into a trio of skeletons. They turn out to be his late relatives; his great-grandfather Julio and great-aunts, Rosita and Victoria. They are stunned he is on the same plane of existence as they are before Imelda's twin brothers, Felipe and Oscar, catch up and inform Imelda could not cross. To solve these problems, the deceased Riveras take Miguel to the Land of the Dead, a realm where the dead reside. (Source: disney.fandom.com)

The indigenous world was an important theme in Diego Rivera’s work, represented at times through pre-Hispanic scenes and motifs and at times through the presence of indigenous people who in the early twentieth century started arriving to the cities, looking for better opportunities or who decided to remain there definitively in the aftermath of the Mexican Revolution. With a paternal attitude, Diego always sought to protect them, sometimes hiring them as models or as domestic workers. The Family belongs to a series of portraits of indigenous Mexicans. Here a woman is seen with her two children, who play and lie on a palm leaf mat in a fraternal embrace, while the painter works in the portrait. (Source: artsandculture.google.com)

During this time, her fame grew even more after marrying former baseball player Esteban Loaiza and starring in several reality-TV series with her family: Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis & Raq-C (2010), I Love Jenni (2011) and Chiquis 'n Control (2012). On top of starring in these popular programs, she turned business mogul, launching Jenni Jeans, Divine Music, Divina Realty, Jenni Rivera Fragrance and Divina Cosmetics. (Source: www.biography.com)

In a catastrophic twist of fate, the 43-year-old star died right after that event on December 9, 2012, in a plane crash. But her music is her legacy; she sold more than 15 million copies of her 12 major-label albums. In a fitting tribute, her family had Latin radio stations play her song "La Gran Senora" (The Great Lady) on the day of her memorial. (Source: www.biography.com Members of the Rivera music dynasty reunited for a special panel at Latin Music Week to discuss Jenni Rivera's legacy, their first-ever collective tour, family anecdotes, and more. (Source:www.billboard.com))

The panel, moderated by Cynthia Bague from High Hill Entertainment, took place Wednesday (April 24) at The Venetian in Las Vegas, where part of the Rivera family took the stage, including Don Pedro Rivera, Doña Rosie, Rivera, Gustavo Rivera, Jacqie Rivera, Juan Rivera, Lupillo Rivera, Pedro Rivera Jr. and Rosie Rivera. (Source: www.billboard.com)

The family shared many personal anecdotes, such as how they migrated from the U.S. to Mexico, how Don Rosie was a singer when she was younger, how Lupillo sold buttons outside of concerts, and how Jenni Rivera was crazy obsessed with Menudo. (Source: www.billboard.com)

In the midst of a very emotional reunion, Rosie Rivera, who’s the current chief executive officer of Jenni Rivera Enterprises, revealed that three generations of the family will be embarking on a tour together, presented by Live Nation. (Source: www.billboard.com Rosie also revealed that Jenni’s legacy will be part of the family tour. “I can confirm that fans can feel Jenni’s presence at this concert. If you’ve never seen her in concert, you’ll feel that in our show,” she said without giving any spoilers. (Source:www.billboard.com))

The family of regional Mexican singer Jenni Rivera said they still believe their famous relative could be alive. This comes after Mexican authorities confirmed the American-born artist died… (Source: www.billboard.com)

The family of regional Mexican singer Jenni Rivera said they still believe their famous relative could be alive. This comes after Mexican authorities confirmed the American-born artist died with seven others in a Learjet that crashed on Dec. 9 in the northeastern state of Nuevo Leon shortly after take off. (Source: www.billboard.com During an emotional press conference on Dec. 10 at the home of the Jenni Rivera’s parents in Lakewood, Calif., Juan Rivera and other members of the family said they had been in daylong meetings as they prepared for the possibility of traveling to Mexico. (Source:www.billboard.com))

The songstress’ other brother Pedro Rivera added that while the family remained hopeful, they also know there’s a 95% chance Rivera may not be alive after authorities discovered the aircraft and the belongings of those on board. (Source: www.billboard.com “We’re having a difficult time,” Lupillo said, holding back tears. “We thank you for being worried about Jenni. Please let my family have some time alone. I ask you this as a friend.” (Source:www.billboard.com))

The family patriarch, also named Pedro Rivera, stood by his sons and thanked everyone for their support. “As soon as we have more information from Mexican authorities we’ll make plans to head to Mexico,” he said. (Source: www.billboard.com Fans and members of the press have stayed outside Rivera’s home for two days. The home, adorned with Christmas decorations and lights, was busy with family members and friends arriving through the day. (Source:www.billboard.com))

No parent should have to bury their child. Help us ease the burden of this tragedy on his parents and our family by donating. (Source: www.gofundme.com)

Caleb's condition would be daunting to any family, especially during a pandemic, but the Riveras are used to ably navigating a long list of medical conditions and life complications. Brayden, 10, has the same genetic disorder as well as scoliosis, motor delays and autism. Emilee, 9, has a life-threatening allergy to milk, the same genetic disorder as her brothers and was recently hospitalized because of low blood sugar.Although currently healthy, doctors have been monitoring Ellie, 3, because of holes in her heart that appear to have closed. (Source: www.statesman.com)

Ashley Rivera has stage four breast cancer and a brain tumor. The family also has children with complex medical conditions. (Source: www.statesman.com)

Despite being so new to the area and with much of their family and friends still in the Galveston region, the Riveras, who now live in Liberty Hill, found incredible support in their new community. Throughout Ashley's hospitalization and many times since, the Rivera family found help from neighbors, the Hill Country Bible Church's special needs ministry and even other members of Facebook groups for families facing similar issues. Once, a group of Facebook parents rallied together and crowdfunded $500 for a piece of medical equipment one of the Rivera kids needed. (Source: www.statesman.com)

After aggressive treatment, the cancer in Ashley Rivera's spine and lymph nodes is gone, and she's hoping to schedule surgery to remove the brain tumor by the end of the year. Wonders & Worries, which nominated the Rivera family during this year's Season for Caring, has helped the Rivera kids navigate the uncertainty, stress and fears from their mom's cancer reoccurrence and fluctuating family health. (Source: www.statesman.com)

Ashley Rivera said the "mom guilt" she experiences can be the toughest thing sometimes, as the family's life is far from normal. Their family has been particularly isolated and homebound during the COVID-19 pandemic because of the risks the virus poses to Caleb and Ashley, in particular. The kids have been mostly homeschooled and kept to outdoor events or activities at home. (Source: www.statesman.com)

Bryan Rivera has been laid off twice since the COVID-19 pandemic began, first in March 2020 and again just last month, making it challenging to maintain health insurance for the family's many medical needs. (Source: www.statesman.com)

Despite medical bills wiping out their savings and the unpredictable costs that arise from a bright, active family navigating so many health conditions, the Riveras say they're overwhelming grateful to everyone who has already lent them a helping a hand. That gratitude, and their Christian faith, keeps them moving forward. (Source: www.statesman.com)

Help with medical bills from specialists, therapies and medical equipment; converting the garage into usable space for toys, play space and for storing Caleb’s medical supplies; a large playscape or climbing gym for the kids in the backyard; storage shed; shelves for interior storage; second refrigerator for Caleb’s feeding supplies; generator; equine therapy (not covered by insurance) for Caleb and Brayden to support their core strength; fish tank for Caleb; dance academy tuition for Emilee; theater camp tuition for Emilee and Brayden; piano lessons for Brayden; COVID-safe family activities, especially during the holidays; and gift cards for H-E-B, Walmart and Target. (Source: www.statesman.com)




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