Europa Rivera O’Farriell, at the age of 90, surrounded by her family departed this life to be with the Lord on November 14, 2019.
She lived a full and rewarding life with her family and all those who came to know her beautiful spirit. Europa or “Elin”, as she was called by her friends, was born on December 1, 1928 to Benjamin and Antonia Rivera in the town of Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. There she met and married the love of her life, Salvador, who is now with her in the presence of the Lord. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Sol, Angelica, and Eva, and brothers William, Francisco, and Benjamin. Her brother Antonio of Puerto Rico mourns her passing.
Europa is survived by her sons, Edwin (Karen) of Cupertino, CA, Fred (Judy) of Rockwall, TX and step-daughter, Ada of Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. Her grandchildren Tiffany (Bill), Lindsey, Natalie (Andrew), Jennifer (Ben), Kimberly, Kenneth (Shuangyan), Janette, Nestor, and great-grandchildren Eva (Tiffany), Baron (Tiffany), Ryan (Natalie), and Elena (Jennifer) all remember ’mama’s” gracious kindness and beautiful smile.
Europa spent the majority of her life being a ‘military’ wife/mother by taking care of the three men in her life Salvador, Edwin, and Fred. She got to experience a myriad of adventures and make new friends in her moves to military bases, which usually occurred at three year intervals. Since 1960, when Salvador was assigned to Fort Ord, she has called the Monterey Peninsula her home. She will miss all her countless dear friends.
All are invited to the Visitation and Mass at 11:00 am on Tuesday November 19, 2019 at St. Jude’s Catholic Church, 303 Hillcrest Avenue, Marina, CA
Interment after the Mass will be at San Carlos Cemetery, 792 Fremont Street, Monterey, CA. Reception will follow at St. Jude’s Church in Marina, CA.
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