Raquel Cleves Vivas

April 18, 1937December 2, 2018

Raquel Vivas, went to be with the Lord on December 2, 2018. She was 81 years young. She is preceded in death by her husband Sigifredo Vivas, Esq., her parents Miguel and Celmira Cleves and her beloved granddaughter Melissa Vivas. Her passions were her family, cooking and painting. She loved life, was always happy and was always ready to cook a meal made with love. Her laugh and happiness will be missed by us all.

She is survived by her beloved children Dr. Sigifredo (Julie) Vivas, German Vivas (Ret. Teacher), Dr. William Vivas, Maria Vivas, Esq. and Mike Vivas. Her sisters, Gloria (William) Howard, Celmira De Jimenez (Gonzalo), and Beatriz Strickland (James). Her former sister in-law Elizabeth Lyons (Lyle). Her loving grandchildren, Elena (Cisco) Vivas, Esq., William (“Cito”) Vivas, Eddie Vivas, Andy Vivas, Rafi Vivas, Louis Vivas, Summer Smith, Mike Jarrell, Stephen and John Hughes and a great granddaughter Maria Rose Jarrell. Former daughter-in-law, Rhonda Vivas and Dr. Edith Ortega. Her nieces and nephews, Michelle Turner (Gary), John Cleves, Juan Carlos (Grace), Bobbi Cleves (Desiree), Andrea Corbo (Izzy), Marta Howard, Sabrina Strickland, Sonja Strickland, Gonzalo Jimenez, Freddy Jimenez, and Jaime Jimenez.

The family wishes to thank all of the doctors and caregivers, at the Mayo Clinic. In lieu of flowers, we invite you to give to the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida in her memory. A funeral mass is going to be held on Saturday December 22, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 2609 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32205, (904) 387-2554.


  • Memorial Mass Saturday, December 22, 2018

Raquel Cleves Vivas

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Mike Vivas

December 13, 2018

I would like to share a recent memory that defines our mother in many ways . The family has been asking for her recipes of all our favorite Colombian dishes she has been cooking for us for years, she was loving mother and an incredible cook! When she passed I told my sister “Rhea” to back up her phone for her pictures as a memory to us, she loved to use her phone to take pics and text the family. To our surprise, she left her favorite recipes in the NOTES section on her phone for us to find! We didn’t even know she knew how to access the notes on her phone. 😊 Even after she has left, her spirit carry's on and always loved her family. She often said cooking for others is another way to express your love. Pama, I will miss you very much! 😘 love from your youngest son , Mike Alexander vivas.

William Vivas

December 13, 2018

My mother shared with me her story of when she was a young girl growning up in Colombia. My mother explained how she met my father for the first time and her process of accepting the life he offered her. It was a joy to hear her tell her story.
Rest in peace mom and rejoice once again to be by my father side.