Rivers, Essie

Essie Mae Rivers

May 21, 1923 - November 23, 2019

Essie Mae Rivers, age 96, left her earthly body to be with the Lord, on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at Diversicare of Lake Highlands skilled nursing facility in Dallas, Texas. She was born on May 21, 1923 in Union Springs, Alabama, to Sam White and Maude Pickett White and was the twelfth of thirteen children. Essie attended schools in Tuskegee and Montgomery, Alabama. She worked as a nursing assistant with the Veterans Administration Hospital until receiving early retirement. Essie was an exceptional self-taught seamstress. Her natural abilities, in math and drawing, enhanced and complemented her sewing skills. Essie would see someone wear an outfit she liked and go home and create it in a weekend.  If she could not make it, it could not be made! Essie was an Eastern Star, a pianist, and an active member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Tuskegee, Alabama. She married Eddie Rivers in Tuskegee, Alabama. Essie moved to Richardson, Texas in 2009.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and other siblings.

Essie is survived by her three loving sons, Richard (Aquilla) White of Los Angeles, California, Stanley (Sabrina) Rivers of Mitchellville, Maryland, and Barry (Shirley) Rivers of Richardson, Texas; ten grandchildren; six great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

In support of our local, state, and federal govt including CDC directives and to protect the physical health, safety and well-being of our community, only a limited number of invited guests will be allowed to attend the graveside service.

On Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 11:00 a.m., those who would like to honor Essie and show their support to her family may attend the graveside service by standing a minimum distance of 20 feet from the tent and 6 feet apart from one another to comply with social distancing directives or you may remain in your vehicle.  You will be able to listen to the service through speakers set up at the gravesite.

Memorial donations may be made in Essie’s honor to the Alzheimer Association.

Youtube link for service https://youtu.be/VpO63CZcbsk




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To Uncle Barry and family, I am so sorry for your loss. You have my deepest condolences. Love you, Michelle
Dontranice(Clarence) Ervin, December 5, 2019 Our prayers are with the Rivers family and friends. May the Holy Spirit continue to Bless you. William & Verlue Cowan
William Cowan, December 3, 2019 She was a beautiful person. I know she will be missed. My prayers are with her family.
Mignone Green, December 1, 2019 Barry, Marcus and I join with you as you “celebrate” the life of your dearly departed mother. Death is never easy but comfort is in God’s keep, knowing that those who lived in Christ are now present with the Lord. God bless you and your family. Bridget M Jones, November 30, 2019 We have known Barry and Shirley for many years and we share in their sorrow for his mother.
Tracey & Carolene Whitaker, November 30, 2019 My deepest sympathy and condolences to you and the rest of our family. Aunt Essie Mae was the last of my daddy siblings (Arthur J White). May the Lord provide comfort and strength to you all during these difficult days.
Shirley White, November 30, 2019 My heartfelt condolences to the family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Jennine Mikel (Mattie Moss granddaughter) Jennine Mikel , November 30, 2019 May the grace of GOD that surpasses all understanding continue to bless you and your family during this time bereavement. Rev. Tyrone Mitchell , November 30, 2019 To my cousins Barry, Richard, and Stanley. My heartfelt go out to you and your families. I love you all and I know Aunt Essie Mae is in a better place. Yvonne Moss , November 30, 2019 Sorry for your loss. Keep the faith, Mom has run her race with grace and strength and she has crossed the finish line. Rest on. Be strong family, love always, Erwin and Tish
Erwinchambliss@yahoo.com, November 30, 2019 Thanks for the memories. Thanks for your love. Thanks for your guidance. Thanks for your direction. Thanks for molding me into the MAN you wanted me to be. I am proud of the man I’ve become. And Now, in your honor, I give to my kids, my family, what you bestowed upon me...; the gift of all these. I Love You Always... Stanley M Rivers, November 26, 2019