Bonifacia Maria Rivera

Born: Mon., Nov. 1, 1954
Died: Tue., Jun. 9, 2015

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Mon., Jun. 15, 2015
Location: Burns Mortuary

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Bonifacia Maria Rivera

November 1, 1954 – June 9, 2015


Bonifacia Maria Rivera, 60, was born November 1, 1954, in Axutla Puebla, MX, and passed away June 9, 2015, in Portland, OR, following a long illness.

Boni was born to Apolinar and Josefina Rivera Torres at home in Mexico. In 1979, when she was 25 years old, she moved to Pendleton, OR, then to Milton-Freewater, OR, in 1982. In 1987, at the age of 33, she moved with her four children to Passaic, New Jersey. While living in New Jersey, Boni worked at several different factories. In 2002 she moved back to Pendleton, OR, to be close to her four children, and lived there until her death.

Boni's greatest love and accomplishment was raising her children. She worked very hard and made many sacrifices to give them everything that they needed. She was very proud of each of them and loved them dearly. To them, she was their hero.

Boni also loved flowers, especially yellow roses. She enjoyed gardening and had an extraordinary green thumb. Cooking was one of her best skills. There are many of her specialties that will never be matched. Boni also enjoyed music and watching old westerns.

Boni was preceded in death by 3 children: AnaMaria, Jose and Marikita; her brother, Juan and grandson Alex.

She is survived by her parents, four children: Antonio (Angelia) Aguilar, Lucesita (Cesar) Argueta, Alvino Aguilar and Josefine (Mariano) Vaquero; six brothers, Norberto, Alejandro, Meli, Alfonso, Reymundo and Nasario; five sisters, Bartola, Adelina, Irma, Teresa and Elvia; as well as the 16 grandchildren that she loved too much; Fabian, Susana, Cesar and Marisol Argueta, Julisa, Junior, Christian, Ayana, Jovan, Domanic, Aileya and Isaiah Aguilar, Devin, Richard, Damian and Adrian Vaquero.

Services will be held on Monday, June 15, 2015, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton, OR. Sign the online condolence book at  

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eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Wed June 10, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.

Hermiston Family Foot Clinic
   Posted Thu June 11, 2015
We are very sorry to hear about your loss. This comes as a shock to all of us. She was a kind woman who always had a smile on her face. She will be truly missed. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Hollyjo Beers
   Posted Sat June 13, 2015
Tony and family,

So sorry about your mama's passing. May God comfort you all at this sad time. She was such a devoted mother and grandmother. She rests in the arms of Jesus. God Bless you all for caring for her so much in these last weeks.

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