Details for Mary Murillo Rivera

Mary Murillo Rivera

Mary Murillo Rivera of Tolleson,
passed away May 21, 2019 at the age of
90, a few weeks shy of her 91st birthday. Mary was dedicated to her family,
a loving wife, mother, grandmother and
great grandmother.
Mary was always proud of her Texas
roots, she cherished family time and enjoyed cooking and dancing. She married the love of her
life, Joe F. Rivera, in Phoenix in 1957, an Army Veteran
of the Korean War and a 42 year civil service employee
at Luke Air Force Base.
Her career goals became a reality when she became
proprietor of Mary’s Flower Shop in Tolleson. Over the
next 60 years, Mary’s flower business fulfilled flower requests for her cherished west valley customers and
spanned generations of families. She took pride in her
work and was thankful for the trust her customers placed
in her.
A devoted Catholic, Mary was known as kind, caring
and giving. She loved her church and for many years
provided Blessed Sacrament Church fresh flowers for the
weekly masses. She is preceded in death by her father
Roman Murillo, her mother Florencia Murillo and her
twelve siblings, Jose (Tomasa), Manuel (Martha), Francisco (Socorro), Ramon (Maria), Hilario (Lupe), Santos
(Mariana), Hipolito (Carmen), Teodoro (Aurora), Teresa
Vizcarra (Frank), Elidia Padilla (Mariano), Marihilda
and Victoria.
Mary taught her family to love, live, laugh and she
passed on her strong Catholic faith. Mary is survived by
her husband of 61 years, and four children, Joe (Sharon),
Mary (Bobby), Lupe (Scott), and Manuel. Her love for
her five grandchildren, JoAnna (Johnny), Regina (Michael), Taylor, Jacque and Mary, will never be forgotten.
She also loved spending time with her three great grandchildren, Adeline, Ellason and Carson. Mary was a loving aunt, grand aunt, godmother and dear friend.
While the family appreciates the love and support from
friends, loyal customers, and business associates, and as
we have lost our final member of a generation of the
Murillo family, the visitation, mass and burial were held
privately for family and close friends.
In honor of Mary’s memory, the family asks to consider donating time to your favorite charity or donating
flowers to your own place of worship.