Ruth Rivera

May 29, 1924February 22, 2018

Refugia (Ruth, Cuca) Del Rio Rivera born in National City on May 29, 1924, and has been a resident of National City, California for 94 years. Cuca died Thursday, the 22nd of February at her home surrounded by her family. Cuca was born to Rafael and Josefa Del Rio, was a faithful wife (Jose Manuel) and mother for over 70 years. Ruth loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Cuca also loved music and concerts and often went to see Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, The Temptations, Diana Ross, Tom Jones, Ricky Martin and many others. She also loved going to the casinos in Las Vegas, Laughlin, and Barona. She is survived by her daughters Delia, Dolores, Norma, Rebeca and sons Ralph and David. She is also survived by 20 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren, sister Dolores Buck from New Mexico. She is preceded in death by her husband Jose Manuel, her son Jose Manuel Jr. and Jose Manual III. Services (viewing) will be held at Funerial de Angel (Berge Roberts) 607 National City Blvd., National City (619-474-6565), Thursday, March 8th from 5 to 9 pm. The church service will be held at Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church 410 W. 18th St. National City (619-477-4520), Friday, March 9th, at 10:00 am and directly after the church service to Holy Cross Cemetery, 4470 Hilltop Dr. San Diego (619-264-3127). Friends and family are invited to Cuca’s home 1130 East 21st Street, National City right after the cemetery services. Floral arrangements can be purchased at a discount and free delivery (mention Ruth Rivera) through Angel Petals, 1542 Highland Avenue National City (619-292-3111).


  • Visitation and Eulogy Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, March 9, 2018

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Ralph Rivera

March 8, 2018

Mom, I love you and I miss you very much and you will never be forgotten. Love Always your Son Ralph

Delia Macias

March 8, 2018

Mom there are no words to tell you how much I miss you ! My Friday’s will never be the same. Our trips to Vegas and barona I will always cherish those memories. Our trip to Old Town on your birthday we’re nothing but happiness and laughter. You were a wonderful woman, caring, thoughtful, generous to all. I will cherish our memories of laughter, making fun and your outspoken words. You will always be in my heart. Our lives will never be the same Mom. Until we meet again. I Love you !!!

Magdalena (Malena) Buck

March 7, 2018

Tia Cuca
I miss you so much and have an emptiness in my heart. You were my Tia and visited me when I had cancer surgery and always worried about my health. One of the hardest things to do in my life, was to tell you I had cancer. You cried and said "what will I do without you". What am I going to do with out you?
Your sister Loli's daughter and your niece, Malena

Dolores (Loli your loving sister) Buck

March 7, 2018

You were there when Papa died and protected me. I remember when you tried to fly, when Mamalita would protect you and me from Mama Pepa and how I will miss you and our Sunday calls. I love you Cuca and miss you so much.
Your little sister and the last of our family, Loli

Elijah Holly

March 6, 2018

I love my Gramma so much, she was the best Gramma in the world and I remember she was sitting on the couch and I want her to sit there again. I will always remember her in my Heart and Jesus will take care of her and I will Love Jesus and my Gramma Forever.

Rebeca Rivera

March 3, 2018

To my wonderful mother, you are my Queen , my everything. I miss you so much. You will be remembered in my heart everyday of my life. You showed me what it is to be loyal, trusting, kind, gentle, giving and most of all loving. God could not of chosen a better mother, or a better friend for me. He does all things well. I love you por vida. You are the Greatest. I will miss you everyday of my life. Till I see you again,❤️❤️❤️😘😘😘😘

M Bedon

March 3, 2018

Mis mas sentidas condolencias a la familia y amigos. Nunca es fácil perder un ser querido, que el consuelo que nuestro padre Dios los ayude a soportar estos momentos difíciles, 1 Corintios 1:3,4.

Luciana Mccullough

March 2, 2018

Grandma, I miss you dearly. Thank you for loving all of us the way you did. I admire you for your strength & for your heart. You were the most amazing woman to me. Grandma , you are everything I hope to become. I will always hold you close, thank you for being my great-grandmother. I will never let go of my memories with you!

Angela M. Rivera

March 2, 2018

👑My Precious Gramma Cuca,,You loved us all our life's,My life can never be the same without you in it❤ The love you gave to me and my children is so pure there will never be another love like yours.My heart is completely broken.I thank the Lord I was able to sit and talk with you over the years and share stories about my Dad and Grampa.I will cherish and hold tight every memory Gramma,You can Never be forgotten EVER, your memory will carry on forever Gramma, I promise! 💙I love you to the Sky & Back.
👑Queen of Queens👑
Angela,Angel,Papi,& Pelo Roja❤💋

Priscilla Moreno

March 2, 2018

My beloved Grandmother I miss you dearly and I hope to see you again. I have so many lovely memories of you and how loving and good you were to me and my children. My favorite memories of you are those of seeing your face light up when I would come to visit. The joy in your face when I would bring my children over to visit. Your smile and your laugh when holding my grandson Kai in your lap...