Doreen Anne Rivera, age 57, of Chesapeake Virginia passed away July 5, 2019 at 6:42am. Doreen was born in Queens, New York to Joan Wood and Walter Eschner on July 21, 1961. She is survived by her two children Jody Rivera, Jimmy Rivera, and her six grandchildren Mercedes Sizemore, James Rivera, Summer Sizemore, Damon Sizemore, Jenna Rivera and Gabriel Rivera.
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Doreen worked as a housekeeper for nineteen years. She was loved by everyone she worked for. She worked for the same people for many years and touched their hearts as she did so many outside of work as well. Before working as a housekeeper, she had the hardest job being a full-time mother to her two children in Queens, New York. Her husband was the financial support of the family, but Doreen Rivera was the person who held and kept the family together. She would make sure we would wake up to good cooked breakfast and she would get us ready for school. She would come home take care of the house, do the bookkeeping for our fathers’ business, and take care of all the animals my brother would bring home off the streets. She would be at the bus stop every day with a smiling face. After coming home to a home cooked meal, she would be on her way to either her daughters dance classes, or her son’s baseball practices/games or karate matches. She never missed one of her children’s activities. She was their biggest fan. When her children got older, she still was there for every birth and milestone achievement in her children life. When her grandchildren were born, they became her world. She never missed an event, from a birthday to a pinning ceremony, she was there. Doreen was the type of person that would not eat to make sure you had everything you needed. She was the most selfless person you can ever meet, and she never put herself fist. Even on her last days she made sure we were happy even if it took it out of her. That was Doreen always giving and loving.
When Doreen was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September 2016 our world came shattering down. The doctors told her that she wont even make it until December of 2016. Well she did, and she fought and fought. She made it thru chemo and radiation to prepare her for the whipple surgery in January 2018. Everyone called her a miracle, to us she was our hero. Not even cancer could keep her from her grandchildren’s events. I remember even on her last days she made it to her granddaughter, Summer’s, award ceremony in June 2019. She was a fighter and she fought every day until the good Lord called her home.
Doreen will always be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend to so many people. Everyone who got to know Doreen, was blessed as she touched so many hearts. She was an inspiration to so many people in this world and will be truly missed. Although so many hearts are broken at this time, so many hearts are blessed because they were able to know such an amazing woman.