Leadville’s Alicia Rivera dead at 25
Born in Leadville March 16, 1977, Rivera’s parents are Elaine Fernandez Orenday and the late Alfred Rivera.
Alicia Rivera grew up in Red Cliff, then moved to California with her family. In 1991, she came back to Colorado, where she met her husband, Victor Martinez, with whom she had two children, Britney and Victor.
Rivera loved boating, fishing and water skiing. Friends said she enjoyed cleaning her house and was a wonderful homemaker. But, they said, what she loved most was her family, with whom she spent much of her time playing cards.
She is survived by: her husband and children, all in Leadville; her mother, Elaine Orenday of Leadville; grandparents Santiago “Jimmy” and Frances Fernandez of Red Cliff; great-grandmother Gertrude Medina, also of Red Cliff; sister Angelina Medina; two brothers, Adrian Medina and Toby Rivera, both in Leadville; and many other relatives.
A Vigil and Rosary were held Sunday at Annunciation Catholic Church in Leadville, followed Monday by a Mass of Christian Burial. Father Jay Jung officiated; music was provided by Jean Elliott, Joan Dawson and Alicia’s family.
She was laid to rest next to her father in St. Joseph Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Adrian Medina; Joseph, Donald and Eva Mascarenas; Matthew and Celine Rivera; Ricardo Orenday; and Albert Gurule. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Mascarenas, Cory Martinez, Angelina Manzanares, Michael Medina, Eric Atencio, Bart Rivera and Tracy Mascarenaz.
Following the internment, the family received friends at a reception at the Eagle’s Lodge.
A fund has been set up to help with expenses. Make memorial contributions to the Victor Martinez Family Trust Fund, C/O People’s Bank. P.O. Box 975, Leadville, CO, 80461.