Lydia Rivera

Lydia Louise Rivera was born in Baltimore, Maryland on January 5, 1920; the fourth born of thirteen children to the late, John H. and Blanche H. Allen. Lydia suddenly passed away on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 1:03 p.m. at St. Agnes Hospital at the age of 94 years young. Lydia received her education from the Baltimore City Public School Systems in Baltimore, Maryland. She attended #104 Elementary School, Booker T. Washington Junior High and Carver Senior High Schools. She would enjoy remembering the times at all three. She later attended Calvert Adult Education Center, to master her craft of seamstress. After her schooling, she worked as a Porterette on the Royal Blue Train, now housed at the B & O Museum. She was also a seamstress at the Koppers Company, Edgewood Arsenal and Lee’s Surplus. While working at Lee’s Surplus, Lydia met the love of her life, Eusebio. Lydia married the late, Eusebio M. Rivera on September 22, 1956. From this union, three children were born, Marquita Julia, Eusebio M., Jr. and the late, Jose M. Lydia’s oldest son, Earl Chambers, resided in New York City. Lydia’s favorite things to do were bake, cook, sew and take care of her children and family. Everyone knew, when the sun went down, Lydia would be on the back porch yelling for her boys, “CHICO and JOSE”. She never yelled for Marquita because she was always by her side. She was loved by all who met her because of her engaging smile, quiet spirit and beautiful personality. She was preceded in death by, brothers, Russell, Leroy, Marshall and Harry; sisters, Katherine, Beatrice, Mabel, Eleanor and Patricia. Lydia leaves to mourn: three children, Earl, Marquita and Eusebio M. (Kay); three brothers, William, John and Paul; three grandchildren; five great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews. Lydia was a blessing to us, a pillar of society and the “STRENGTH” of the family. She will be missed, but her spirit will always remain with us.   Ma… I’m so proud To be your daughter, MOM. I don’t know if you realize, How much I admire you, But I do. You’ve been such a wonderful Role model for me, Not just in the way You raised me, But in the way you live Every facet of your own life. I’ve learned so much from you- What it means to be, Truly giving and caring, How important it is to be fair, And understanding of others, How to believe in myself And be the best that I can be. Your example has shaped The way I think And feel and believe More than you will ever know… …and I just wanted To thank you With all My heart. Love Always, Your Daughter, Marquita If Tomorrow Starts Without Me When tomorrow starts without me And I’m not here to see If the sun should rise and find your eyes All filled with tears for me I wish you wouldn’t cry The Way you did today While thinking of the many things We did not get to say I know how much you love me As much as I love you Each time that you think of me I know you will miss me too When tomorrow starts with out me Please try to understand That an angel came and called my name And took me by the hand The angel said my place was ready In heaven far above And That I would have to leave behind All those I Dearly Love But When I walked through Heaven’s Gates I felt so much at home When GOD looked down and smiled at me From his golden throne He said This Is Eternity And All I promised you Today for life on earth is done But Here it starts a new I promise no tomorrow For today will always last And Since each day’s the exact same way There is no longing for the past So When Tomorrow starts without me Do not think we’re apart For every time you think of me Remember I’m right here in your heart Lovingly Submitted, The Family

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