Mariana Rivera was born on June 16, 1999 in Houston, Texas to Victoriano Rivera & Mary De Los Angeles Recendiz. She was the only girl and youngest of five children, and being so, was always watched over by her older brothers. She moved to the Leon County area when she was around 9 years old and attended Leon Elementary and Jr. High Schools. After graduation from Leon Jr. High, Mariana attended school in Buffalo. In May of 2017, Mariana graduated from Buffalo High School. Mariana was an exceptional student with a radiating personality and delightful disposition.
Mariana enjoyed doing what most young girls her age enjoyed. One of her favorite past times was going to watch newly released movies in the movie theater. She always knew when a new film was about to be released and liked having her brothers go with her. She also enjoyed shopping and fishing on occasion. Mariana loved taking trips to the zoo so that she could see all of her favorite animals. Most of all, she loved her friends and family and spent time with them as much as possible.
Mariana passed away on the morning of July 16, 2017, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was eighteen years and one month. Surviving family members include parents, Victoriano Rivera of Mexia and Maria De Los Angeles Recendiz of Mexia; brothers, Victoriana Rivera, Jr. (girlfriend, Rosa) of Marquez, Daniel Rivera of Jewett, David Rivera (wife, Lakrissa) of Tennessee Colony and Abran Rivera (fiancée, Araceli) of Tennessee Colony and two nephews, Victor Rivera and David Rivera, Jr. Mariana is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Private graveside services for Mariana were held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at the Rivera Family Cemetery. Father Justin Nguyen, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mexia, officiated.
Walters’ Buffalo Funeral Home in Buffalo was in charge of all arrangements.