BANGOR - Mary Elizabeth Riva, 65, died unexpectedly Jan. 30, 2013, at her residence. She was born Aug. 9, 1947, in Old Town, a daughter of Francis Sr. and Gladys (Durnford) Riva.
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Mary was a loving, kind and generous woman, with a big and compassionate heart whose positive outlook always saw the best in everyone she met. She enjoyed family activities and especially enjoyed her many shopping excursions.
She is survived by sisters, Ruth Allard of Atlanta, Texas, and Catherine Cyr and her husband, Larry, of Charlton, Mass.; a brother, Francis Riva Jr. and his wife, Betty, of Old Town; nieces and nephews, Kathleen Childress, James Koch, Charles Koch Jr., Barbara Mason, Roberta Rose, Patricia Hedlund, Michael Riva, Michelle Cowan, Jeffrey Riva, Eugene Riva, Carrie Tapley and Scott Cyr. She was predeceased by her parents; a sister, June D. Koch and her husband, Charles Koch Sr.; brother-in-law, Robert Allard; and a nephew, John Koch. The family wishes to thank all of Mary's friends and family friends for their acts of kindness and words of expression, and to all who cared for Mary during her recent illness.
A private graveside service will be held in the spring at Lawndale Cemetery, Old Town. Memorial contributions may be made to St. James Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 682, Old Town, ME 04468. Notes of condolence may be left at www.birminghamfuneralhome.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 4, 2013