Lydia E. Rivera-Colon, 90, died on December 25, 2020.
She was born in Guayama, Puerto Rico on April 22, 1930 to Julio and Modesta Colon-Moreno. In the 1950s, with her husband, the late Ezequiel Rivera Sr., she came to reside at Atlantic Blueberry Company in Hammonton and their children. They later relocated to Pleasantville, N.J.
She was adamant in prioritizing education, always encouraging us to read and learn about anything we could want to know. Leading by example, she even attended night school in the 1980s to obtain her GED to prove that it was never too late to learn and education was for everyone. Although Lydia always wanted to be a nurse, she instead found work caring for the residents of Our Lady’s Residence in Pleasantville, by provi ing nutrition in an environment that also celebrated her faith. A testament to her strength, she did this all while assisting in caring for her grandchildren.
After retiring and seeing her grandchildren into their teen years, she enjoyed spending time in her favorite chair, and taking part in observing the bustle of life that having a large family brings.
She relocated to Florida in 2011 with her oldest daughter to enjoy the warm, tropical-like weather that reminded her of her beloved island of Puerto Rico. Taped to her mirror were dozens of photos of her family enjoying milestones of weddings, christenings, communions, confirmations, graduations, etc. so she could see them every day.
She is predeceased by her daughter, Zulma; and her sons, Jose and Freddy.
Surviving are her children, Ezequiel Rivera Jr. (Sara), Julio Rivera, Lydia H. Rivera-Serrano (Wilfredo), Louis A. Rivera Sr. (Wedylia), Lydia E. Rivera, Tony Rivera and Yolanda James; 17 grandchildren plus spouses; 26 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and hosts of nieces and nephews. Services will be at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements made by Mullins Memorial Funeral Home.