Lurden Verda “Nunie” Rivera

Jan 03,1940---Mar 08,2020

Lurden Verda “Nunie” Rivera, 80, returned to her heavenly home on March 8th, 2020. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her in her struggle and ultimately gave her peace.

Lurden was born to the late Facundo Medina and Emilia Lopez-Medina, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and Homemaker. (Achievements)

Lurden was blessed with a large and loving family. She married Jesse J. Rivera, on January 5th,1963 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was born and raised in Ojo Sarco, New Mexico. Lurden raised her six children with patience, discipline and strength. She taught them reading, writing, and arithmetic.

She was a loving and giving person to all within her life. She is dearly missed by her loved ones, who celebrate the fact that she is at peace with her creator.

Lurden, “Nunie”, is survived by her husband, Jesse J. Rivera, her four sons, Jeffrey U. Rivera, Jason J.C. Rivera and his wife Bobbie Rivera, Andre Elijah Rivera, Joel R. Rivera and his wife Bernadette Rivera, her two daughters, Nadine T. Rivera, Yvonne E. Rivera-Graham, her grandchildren, Fabian G. Rodriguez, Benjamin M. Rivera, Joshua P. Graham, Nikko C. Rivera, Anthony J. Rivera, Tiarra E. Graham, Isais R. Rivera, Andrew J. Rivera, JonDavid J. Rivera, Luanna J. Rivera, Emilio Duran-Rivera, Rose J. Rivera, her great grandchild, Mariana A. Rivera, her sister, Ida Padilla, She is preceded in death by her parents, Facundo & Emilia Medina, her brothers, Armando Medina, Ismael Medina, Thomas Medina, her sister, Mary Martinez, her grandchild, Christopher J. Rivera.

Lurden Verda “Nunie” Rivera will be buried at Santa Fe National Cemetery. The family gratefully accepts any gestures and donations, but prayers, condolences and memories are gladly appreciated, as well. (Website)


Arrangements entrusted to:
Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque

225 San Mateo Blvd NE

(505) 764-9663

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Bernadette Mar 13 ,2020

Daughter in law ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

I would just like to mention I've known this beautiful women my whole life and have been married to her son for 19 years. I will forever be grateful to you and my mom for getting Joel and I together. I love you mama Lu may God bless you and may you rest in peace. Love always bernadette rivera

Stephanie Medina Mar 14 ,2020

Cousin ,Slc ,Utah

Our deepest condolences thoughts and prayers are with the family. Armando Medina is my grandfather and never got the chance to meet you.

Tonianne Vigil Mar 14 ,2020

Friend ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

My deepest condolences. I always enjoyed spending time with Lurden. My heartbreaks for your family. You’re all blessed to have had a wonderful, precious Mother.

Norman and Lorraine Medina and family Mar 15 ,2020

Nephew ,Velarde ,New Mexico

We extend our deepest condolences to all the Rivera Family, relatives and friends. Aunt Lurden’s devotion to the Lord and her family was truly exemplary. God bless.

Matthew & Melanie Chavez & Family Mar 17 ,2020

Great Niece ,Espanola ,New Mexico

Our deepest condolences on your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless! Love, Matthew, Melanie, Elijah & Leah Chavez

Audrey M Peralta Apr 02 ,2020

Auntie Lurden ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

My condolences to all the family Last I saw her and uncle Jessie was at Tricore in February. We sat across from each other and stared . Ludren asked me if I was Audrey. We talked about everything and everyone. I will miss her. What memories. Cousin's take care of your dad. 🙏💪❤