Purificación “Pura” De Antonio-Pavón Rivers

04/06/1935 - 02/11/2021

Obituary For Purificación “Pura” De Antonio-Pavón Rivers

Our beautiful mother, Purificación “Pura” De Antonio-Pavón Rivers, 85, of Jacksonville, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 11, 2021, at home with her family. She was the loving wife to Lynn Rivers and daughter of the late Moisés De Antonio-Simón and Amelia Pavón-Arias. A native of Barcelona, Spain, she was a flamenco dancer touring in Cyprus, where she met Lynn, who was stationed at the embassy there as a U.S. Marine. They were married and then relocated to Camp Pendleton, CA, where they started their family. Several duty stations later, they settled in Jacksonville, where Lynn retired from the military.

Pura worked in food service for Camp Lejeune schools for over twenty years and was a member of Infant of Prague Catholic Church. She loved spending time with her family, crocheting, cooking, gardening, bird-watching, and talking about Spanish history.

In addition to her husband, Lynn O’Brian Rivers, she is survived by her daughters, Amelia Avila (Horace Avila) and Ann Rivers (David Schmidt); sons, Frank Rivers and William Rivers (Brenda Rivers); Grandchildren Angela Samotis (Steven Samotis), Isaac Avila (Miranda Avila), Elizabeth Pool (Jon Pool), Anita Barefoot (Bartley Barefoot), Clarissa Furrow (Andy Furrow), Elena Avila, Olivia Avila, Gloria Avila, and eleven great grandchildren at the time of her passing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, as well as brother Antonio De Antonio-Pavón and sister Marina De Antonio-Pavón.

The family will have a private viewing and graveside service.

Online condolences may be made at www.johnsonfuneralhomes.com. Much gratitude to Johnson Funeral Home for serving our family with a great deal of kindness and attention to detail.

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