Rivers was a beloved friend to Rayleigh when she was single and didn’t have a family. She filled a void and softened lonliness. Then when Rayleigh got married, Rivers was a treasured part of the family. For just short of 15 years, Rivers was loved like a child by Rayleigh. Then, as Rayleigh was expecting her first baby, she discovered that Rivers was sick with cancer. 6 weeks later, Rivers was gone. Just a couple of weeks before Rayleigh’s baby was born. The timing is very interesting. It’s as if Rivers knew it was okay for her to go now because Rayleigh’s life would be full and she could more easily handle the loss of her first “baby.” Although the pain is deep and Rivers is missed every day, the joy of a new life brought in to the world does make it a little easier to heal.
A donation was made in Rivers's memory and the memorial was created on August 16, 2017.