Helen Brown-Rivera

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Helen Theresa Brown-Rivera

July 4, 1935 - March 30, 2018

Our beloved Grammy, Helen Theresa Brown-Rivera, was called home on Good Friday. She spent many years working with special needs adults at the Rehabilitation Center on Stanford and with ARCA. She helped develop the ARCA green house and went on to be a group home manager. She spent her free time going for walks and gardening in the yard of her home, where she lived for almost 50 years surrounded by wonderful neighbors. She served in the Altar Society at Holy Ghost Parish and was a Eucharistic Minister. She loved spending time with her family, showing her grandchildren how to bake, and sharing her love of musicals with all her girls. After retirement she spent time traveling with her husband, Milton, and worked at the UNM Lobo special events.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Milton Rivera Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Bonniejo Brown; granddaughters, Crystal West, Holly and her husband Jimmie Goodall, and Ashley Frechette and her fiance Dustin Chavez; great-grandchildren, Sierra Duran, Joshua Colby, Emma Lily Rose, Elena Sophia, and Nathan Noah; brother, Eddie and wife Rosalie Hernandez; sister, Dorothy and husband Paul Fruend; brother, Bernie and wife Delores Hernandez; sister, Lorie and husband Gary Smith; and brother, Meciton Tony "Junior" Perea; and many nieces and nephews.

A Rosary will be held at Holy Ghost Parish, 927 Arizona St. SE on April 10th, 2018 at 9:30 am. Funeral Mass beginning at 10:00 am, and reception immediately after. Grave side service will be held at Fairview Cemetery, 700 Yale Blvd, at 1:30 pm.

She was a loving, caring Mom and Grammy who we love to the moon and back. She will be greatly missed but forever in our hearts.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Apr. 4, 2018
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