Florence K. Rivera
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Florence Kathleen (Christian) Rivera, 85, born Kingsport, Tennessee, went to be with her Lord and Savior on October 11, 2013. Upon graduating from Sullivan High School in 1947, she moved to Washington D.C. where she began a long career as a Civil Servant. During this time she served at the State Department, Department of Commerce, Walter Reed Army Hospital, and for the U.S. Air Force. In 1955, she moved to Jacksonville, Florida, where she was employed by Headquarters Florida Military District and met and married her husband, then SFC Leo Rivera. Joining him in his service she continued her career in the states and abroad, working in Albuquerque, NM; Okinawa, Japan; Panama Canal Zone; Albany, Georgia; and Patrick AFB where she worked for 14 years in Civilian Personnel. She gave 26 honorable years in the service of her country and dedicated her life to her family. Always smiling, and ever the lady, she lived her life with grace and strength.
She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, retired CW3 Leo Rivera; her children: Steven Rivera, Resi Stinson Wasser (Ray), David Rivera (Vanessa), Lorena Kidd (James), Julie Morris (Bryan); and her pride and joy—her grandchildren: Jordan Von Cannon (Michael), Jesse Kidd, Aubrey Morris, Kevin Morris, and Ben Picozzi.
The family would like to acknowledge the loving care provided by Wuesthoff Brevard Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kay's memory to Hospice.
Services will be held at Beckmann-Williamson Funeral Home in Viera, Florida. Celebration of Life Service will be on Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Funeral Service will be on Friday, October 18, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. followed by a private interment.
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Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Oct. 15, 2013