Teresa Rivera

October 3, 1933 ~ April 9, 2021


April 15, 2021
2:00 PM
260 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Teresa Rivera (age 87) of Corona, CA passed away on April 9th, 2021 in Salt Lake City, UT due to advanced lymph node cancer. She was born on October 3rd, 1933 to Dolores Hernandez and Silvestre Mendez in Paredon, Coahuila, Mexico. After spending many years in Paredon and Monterrey, MX, Teresa immigrated to the U.S. becoming a legal resident in 1965, and later a proud U.S.Citizen. Married Misael Plascencia Rivera on September 18th, 1965 in Rosarito, Baja CA.

As a long time resident of South Gate, CA, Teresa could often be found volunteering within her local community. She enjoyed coordinating events for her neighborhood and loved to volunteer with her children’s local schools. She prided herself on giving back to her communities. When she wasn’t volunteering, Teresa worked as a manager at a nearby distilling and packaging warehouse. It was at the distilling warehouse where a co-worker suggested she go by “Nana”, as they discussed potential names for the soon to be grandma.

Shortly after retirement, Teresa moved to Corona, where she lived for 25 years. She spent much of her time gardening and landscaping, maintaining one of the most well-manicured yards on her block. Teresa loved to cook and bake for others, known for signature strawberry cupcakes. She cared for her many pets including dogs, a cat, and countless birds. Most of all, Teresa loved spending time with her grandchildren. It was her love for her grandchildren that led her to move to Salt Lake City, UT in November 2017. She spent her remaining years traveling, regularly visiting the local casinos, and caring for her “nietos”, chihuahua’s Bella & Chicho. Nana will always be remembered as a strong, resilient woman, who had an immeasurable love for others.

Preceded in death by her spouse Misael, September 2012; parents Dolores and Silvestre Mendez; brother David Mendez; nephew Jorge Montoya; granddaughter Alexis Rivera. She is survived by her daughter Nohemi Rivera, sons Misael Rivera Jr. and Leonard (Maria) Rivera; grandchildren Andy (Jandy) Rivera, Jillian Harris-Rivera, Jordan Rivera, and Xavier Rivera; great-grandchildren Kayden Rivera Garcia and Mia Rivera; her sisters Blandina Mendez, Mary (Juan Manuel) Montoya, Victoria (Kenneth) Wong, and Guadalupe Espinosa.

A private funeral service will be held at Larkin Mortuary (260 E S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84111) on Thursday, April 15th at 2pm. Services were recorded and can be viewed here: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/gpyCEMbtFbVFo7aMdwdJ71JSC6QtmnmLCkDu5A4I_g1ybq2dFHaoLbOYb_USmgED.55QC-w_dC5p9uyJc?startTime=1618516810000. Interment to be held at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, CA later this year.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to Huntsman Cancer Foundation, Supportive Oncology & Survivorship in Nana’s name. https://give.huntsmancancer.org/page/23908/donate/1


My heart goes out to everyone who loves Nana. She had such a big heart and her love traveled far and wide. I never had the pleasure of meeting Nana personally, but thru my Daughter Jandalynn, I have felt Nanas love first hand. Nana was always thinking of other, making sure they had something good to eat! All our love and compassion, Blessings Sandra Cash and Doug Kirkelie

- Sandra Cash
I only met Teresa a few years ago. I know it was a blessing to meet such a. warm, caring, and energetic women. Her life was well lived. My love and prayers go out to the family.

- Donna Galloway
Teresa, we were blessed that you were in our lives. Your smile and kindness will be missed. We are thankful you had a long wonderful life. Rest in peace our friend. Love Loretta, Connie and Joyce

- Joyce Carabelli
We have a new Angel in Heaven with brighter wings than when she was on earth. From my family to the Rivera family you are all in our thoughts and prayers - God Bless!

- Debby Maxson and Family
Sending prayers to you and your family. Your mother was a very special person and always so nice to everyone. We will all see our parents at another day. Don’t worry my mom and dad will guide her up there I will take care of her I know it. Very sorry for your loss

- Herschel Kozasky
Nana I never got the chance to meet you. But from all the stories from Andy and Jandy I felt like I knew you. I know you had a heart of gold and would do anything for anybody. Andy and Jandy both cherished you. My heart is breaking for this entire family. Heaven gained a beautiful angel. I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my heartfelt condolence. With much love Herlinda

- Herlinda Stelter
Mi mas sentido pesame para uds. Primos y hermanos de mi tia Terea. Que Dios tenga en su Santo reyno a mi tia. Seňor y Dios nuestro en tus nanos ponemos el alma de mi tia Teresa , Amen.

- Abel Rivera
Mom is resting in paradise Sis. God bless her.

- Linda and Chastity Morris