Maria S. Love
January 19, 1924 – May 16, 2020
Maria Selin Rivera Love passed away on May 16, 2020. She was a tiny Latin woman with a huge spirit and a deep and abiding Faith. She lived a long and extraordinary life and had a treasure trove of interesting tales to tell.
Maria was born on January 19, 1924 in Morovis, Puerto Rico, the second youngest of nine children. She grew up on a farm and had many animals as pets, including a cow that she once brought into the house. She left the island to attend high school in Pittsburgh PA, joined the Civil Air Patrol and then returned home to earn an Honors degree in Elementary Education from The University of Puerto Rico. After graduation she moved to New York City and spent a year as a mid-century Manhattanite before joining the United States Air Force. Maria was an Intelligence Operations Specialist, a reconnaissance photo analyst, a distinguished pistol shot and the first female Airman assigned to the Strategic Air Command. She came from a long line of service members dating back to World War I.
After spending a decade on active duty, marrying fellow Airman Garland W. Love and attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant, Maria returned to civilian life to raise two future Airmen, spend a second career as an elementary school English teacher and pursue an MA in Education from the University of Illinois. After her retirement she was active in various charities and church activities. She was married for 63 years to Chief Master Sergeant Love (USAF ret) until his passing on March 3. They spent their lives together and will be interred together at Arlington National Cemetery. Services are pending.
Maria leaves behind her sons Bill (Terri), Eddie (Frecia), grandchildren Sabrina, Kelsey and Kyle, nephews Lou and Joel, nieces Marie, Maggie, Merci and Cusie and their families. She also leaves a close circle of friends in Tucson AZ who loved and cared for her for many years. Special thanks go to Tucson Place Assisted Living in Tucson and Sunrise Senior Living in Arlington VA. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to the American Cancer Society, Catholic Community Services or the charity of your choice.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Maria S. Love
May 21, 2020
Tití Selín, just TITÍ was an extraordinary aunt anyone could have! She was another mother to all her nephews and nieces and our sons and daughter. Her unconmesurable love, praying for us,helping us in any need and giving all the counseling we needed distinguished her! But most of all she gave us FAITH and LOVE TO ALL. She always found the way in every conversation to say: look for God's will and not for what we wanted or needed! She was and still is our conscience!
Thanks God for giving us an aunt -a MOTHER-and belonging to your family: Bill, Bill Gerald and Edward. You all shoud be proud of her family!
No one can replace her example and Love! We used to say ...(and she smile with that special and shy expression) she was the one who represents the Pope in the U.S.!
Since we were kids we waited for her gifts and our birthday, Christmas, Three Kings Day, Easter, Graduation cards! SHE NEVER FORGOT!
Her most wanted will was that all her family go to Heaven (as she said she was trying) WE KNOW THERE IS WHERE YOU ARE! So we will see you again in Heaven if God helps as you taught us! Give a big hug to Bill, my parents, your brothers and sisters and Mamá. BENDICIÓN !
Maggie, Mercy and Cusie
May 21, 2020
Titi ( I could never call her Selin ) was like a mother to us. I could count on her calling me on my birthday, she never forgot.
Family and faith were her strengths . She would always ask about my family and if I was going to church . I would tease her that I was Christian and her reply was always "Lou remember you're a Catholic".
Rest in peace my dear Titi . Say hello to Uncle Bill and give my dad a hug for me.
Marie (Altita) Spivey
May 20, 2020
My beautiful Titi will always be with me! She was my first grade teacher and said she was harder on me because she didn’t want to be accused of playing favorites. She paid for my prom dress and didn’t remember it! That is how unselfish she was! I love her and always will remember her as my second mother! Rest In Peace, Tití.
May 19, 2020
To my beautiful sweet grandmother, you always taught me something new every time we spoke. You taught me that it’s “God’s will” in whatever I did in life, I know you’re looking down on us all. Thank you for giving me the best daddy ever, I love you and miss you everyday! 💛
May 19, 2020
Mommy, your passing has been nothing short of devastating. You are now where you strived to be your entire life. With daddy, in God's loving arms, for eternity. Thank you for all the years of selfless, unconditional love, and guidance. You will be loved and cherished by all of us, till the end of time. Rest now, my precious mother. Your faith and your strength, carrying me through this painful time. I love you mommy...🥺😔