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ASHEVILLE - Jean Ellen Cleveland Rivers, 79, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville, NC. She was born to Ray and Margaret Cleveland on January 27, 1934 in Flint, Michigan. Jean graduated from the University of Michigan with a BSN degree in 1956. Jean is survived by her husband of 57 years, the Reverend John Rivers; twin sister, Joan Burdette of Edgewater, MD; daughter, Sallie Rivers of Black Mountain, NC; and her sons, John Rivers Jr (Ann) of Covington, TN, Ray Andrew Rivers (Joy) of Crofton, MD, Joseph Rivers of Cadillac, MI, and Benjamin Rivers (Sherri) of Fairburn, GA. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11 AM Friday, May 10, 2013 at St, James Episcopal Church in Black Mountain, NC. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be sent to Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on May 9, 2013