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Margarete Rivera-Clemente

September 27, 1962 ~ June 9, 2020 (age 57)

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Margarete Rivera Clemente was born in Queens, New York on September 27, 1962.  She was raised by our mother, Alicia Clemente (Sergeant Clemente you can imagine why) and father, Vicente Rivera in Queens New York.  During their marriage they had 6 children, 3 brothers and 3 sisters in total. Margarete was the middle one of the girls.  We used to call her “Mantequilla” which means butter, because she will melt crying for anything and China, because the shape of her eyes.  The Latino Brady Bunch was the name we gave ourselves for being 6 kids in the house and having mom’s sister, Aunt Rosa living with us.  The Brady Bunch was our favorite program.  We had a huge family.

 We moved to Puerto Rico in 1970, where our mother always dreamed of returning.  It was not easy at all, because we did not know Spanish, but at the same time we were happy being free to play outside of the house and having our friends.  Our mother always protected us to be in a better environment.  

Margarete studied in Vega Baja in Lino Padron Rivera High School.  She graduated in 1980.  After some years of hard work, she decided to study a course of Nursing like our mother did, but our mother was not possible of working her profession. Margarete became a single mother raising her daughter Susan. Once Margarete graduated, she started to work and decided to buy her first car.  She couldn’t afford a new one; buying herself an old used car that needs painting (she painted it with yellow house paint with a brush).

 One day she decided to leave Puerto Rico and move to New York and then to Texas, where she lived all these years.  The last 10 years she worked in multiple different buildings providing aid and lots of love to her residents.  She was Certified in Medication Aid and always willing to wear too many hats.  Her co-workers described her as a hardworking woman.  They told us that she used to bake banana bread for them, which I think she was eating some too.    

In the year 2018 when our father died, Margarete was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  She battled all the way through where she stated, “Please comfort me and allow me to feel your presence. I know that you are drawing me in close”.  We will always remember her like a hardworking woman that just wanted a better life for her and her daughter, where she had cried alone so many nights, not easy at all and tried to do her best.

Margarete, we will always remember you; your daughter, grandchildren, brothers and sisters, nephews, nieces, family and friends. Everything is possible for the one who believes.

 

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