Celba Rivera Ayala, 81, of Charles Town, WV, passed away on June 14, 2020. Celba was born in Utuado Puerto Rico to Jose Rivera and Dolores Santiago.
After coming to the U.S at an early age in 1956, she settled in New Jersey, between Holmdel and Keyport area for many years raising a family of 8 children. She was a devoted mother, daughter, sister, aunt and care giver to so many but most of all she provided love.
A devoted Christian member of United Methodist Church on Osborn Street, Keyport she introduced our Savior, Jesus Christ to all of her children and other family members in the area. That is why many saw and loved her like a "mom".
Celba was always the matriarch of the Ayala clan. She was the wise counselor, teacher, healer of hearts always with love.
Her special skills for cooking good Spanish food were unmatchable. The secret recipe of why her food was so special was that she made everything with love. After several years in the U.S in the late 70’s with 3 children still living at home, the Ayala family moved to Puerto Rico where they opened a small family seafood restaurant. She operated this restaurant until Jose her soul mate husband passed away in 1999. Through the years her faith in God and devotion of serving others was commendable.
God used her in so many ways that people were so touched by her joy and full of life and positive attitude with the love of a mom.
After the passing of her soul mate Jose, she moved to West Virginia with her son Jose for 19 years. In that time frame she became an avid crocheting grandmother and devoted herself to making a blanket for each of her children and grandchildren. No small feat considering 7 children, 24 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren and she made them all with love.
I could go on writing about Celba, our mother, mentor and faithful rock of our family. But seeing close-up how she lived her last few years with Alzheimer’s, she was brave and courageous. She also went through this period in love.
“Well done good and faithful servant“.
Love you Mom, rest in peace.
She is predeceased by her parents, husband Jose Ayala, daughter, Mary Ann and sister, Carmen Martinez and brother, Pedro Rivera.
Celba is survived by her four sons, Jose, Luis, Henry and Reynaldo and three daughters, Yolanda, Vilma and Celbita, her 24 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great- grandchildren, and 6 siblings, Heida, Lucy, Carmen, Consuelo, Panchita and Carmen Gloria.
In lieu of flowers, donations can kindly be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at act.alz.org.
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