Abigail Navarrete Rivera
Abigail Navarrete Rivera, age 85, of Grand Island, passed away on Friday, January 4, 2019. Celebration of Life will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, January 12, at Peace Lutheran Church, 1710 North Road, Grand Island, NE 68803. A private family committal service will be at Shelton Cemetery, Shelton. Memorials to My Bridge Christian Radio or donors choice. Online condolences may be directed to www. livson.com. Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. She was born on February 1, 1933, in Agua Caliente, Michoacan, Mexico, to J. Jesus and Aurora (Ledesma) Navarrete. She married Zenon Rivera Jr. on February 8, 1951, in Angamacutiro, Michoacan, Mexico. Together they farmed and raised their family in the rural Wood River and Shelton area. She attended Abundant Life Christian Center in Grand Island for many years. Abigail will best be remembered for the love and care she had for her family and those around her. She was a devoted farm wife, affectionate mother, adoring grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, loving sister, aunt and friend. She loved to plant and grow beautiful flowers for all to enjoy. She especially enjoyed cooking for her family. Her family was blessed with her strength in faith, the grace of her spirit and the beauty of her heart. Survived by her husband, Zenon Jr.; daughter, Rosie Rivera; sons, Joseph, Manuel (Christy), Zenon III (Kathy), and Mario (Linda), all of Grand Island, and Edward, of Lincoln; sixteen grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; thirty-two great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Ofelia Najera and Elisa Navarrete; brother, Wilfrido Navarrete; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Gustavo Navarrete; sister, Elitania Martinez; and daughter-in-law, Stella Rivera, wife of Joseph.