Obituary: Teresa M. Rivers – Lewiston Sun Journal
LEHIGH, Fla. – On Thursday, December 16, 2021, Theresa M. Rivers of Lehigh Acres, Fla. entered into eternal rest at the age of 92.
Theresa is survived by her five children, Gerald (Roxanne) Sands Junior, Donna (Martin) Ferris, Danny (Liliette) Sands, Michael E. Sands, Kathy (Alec) Ellias and stepdaughter Roswitha P. Leach; as well as an abundance of wonderful grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her parents, Emile and Albertine (Blaze) Martineau; his brothers, Lucien, Roger and Léo, and his sisters, Murielle Turmenne and Laurette Ouelette.
Theresa was born on November 22, 1929 in Lewiston, Maine. She worked in many professions throughout her life, including factory and carpentry in Lewiston/Auburn, cleaning and maintenance in Lee County, Florida, and she often volunteered at the First Baptist Church in Lehigh Acres, Florida to lead prayer groups and run preschool during Sunday school hours. So she worked in offices, schools, in the homes of those she cared for, her favorite workplace was the Lewiston/Auburn Clark Shoe Company factory, where she had many fond memories of working alongside friends, and had a sense of pride and accomplishment in helping produce shoes that would protect the feet of women and children.
She loved miracles and slamming dragons, ice skating, roller skating, gardening, traveling, and in 1977 she rededicated her life to the service of the Lord. Her favorite song was the beloved Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art,” and she never ceases to be in awe of the sudden appearance and beauty of a rainbow.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Theresa M. Rivers at Winslow Park Freeport, Maine on June 22, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“It’s not what it used to be;
Turn where I can,
By night or by day,
The things that I saw, I no longer see them.
The rainbow comes and goes…” -William Wordsworth