Jane Louise (Smith) Rivera, cherished wife, mother, daughter and sister, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the age of 71 years. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at Assembly of God Church in Redwood Falls. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Jane Louise (Smith) Rivera was born and raised in Boston MA in 1946 to Norman and Ruth Smith, with lineage from the Daughters of the American Revolution. Married in 1965 to Ray Rivera, the couple had two children, Raymond and Janine. Moving to Minnesota in 1989, they began the next chapter of their lives. Jane loved the Lord, was greatly involved with her church, and cherished the time spent with residents at the local nursing home where she worked. She was also president of the local MCCL Chapter (Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life) and was a passionate advocate for the unborn. She treasured spending time with her grandchildren and prided herself as a hockey grandma traveling all over the state to attend games. Outside of her grandma duties, she was very fond of camping with her husband, sitting outside on summer days and completing crossword puzzles.
She was preceded in death by her mother Ruth, father Norman and brother David. She is survived by her husband of 52 years Ray; her children Raymond (Polina) Rivera and Janine (Bryan) Votel; her brothers Norman and Peter; her sister Karen; and her grandchildren Caleb, Andrei and Elysia.
Jane will forever be remembered by her husband and best friend Ray, her children and family, and her dear friends.