Modesta Rivera Najar

June 28, 2014 • Obituaries


Modesta-NajarA rosary for Modesta Rivera Najar, 85, of Roswell, NM, will be at 7 p.m., Monday, June 30, 2014, at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at St. Peters Church with Fr. Charlie Martinez officiating. Burial to follow at South Park Cemetery. Modesta passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014.

Modesta was born May 10, 1929, in Santa Barbara, Chihuahua, Mexico, to Luis Rivera and Maria Delos Angels [auth] Cruz. Modesta married Manuel V. Najar June 12, 1961, she was dedicated, loving and devoted to her family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Modesta is survived by her daughter, Victoria H. Matta and husband Bruno; daughter Lydia H. Madrid, and husband Reinaldo; son, Gilbert H. Rivera and wife, Carol; brothers: Luis Rivera; Baltazar Rivera and wife, Guadalupe; and Ismael Rivera; grandkids, Rafael Matta; Cyndi Casey, Eric Matta, Marcos Madrid, Gabriel Madrid, Raynaldo Madrid, Kristy Madrid, Melanie Jara, Gilbert D. Rivera, Roman Rivera; great-grandkids, Nathaniel Dela Rosa, Nicolette Dela Rosa, Olivia Matta, Savannah Matta, Brianna Madrid, Annalicia Madrid, Arabella Madrid, Alec Madrid, Jacob Madrid, Fernando Jara Jr., Dominik Jara, and Lexy Jara.

Modesta was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel V. Najar; her brothers, Ramon Rivera, Melchor and sister, Carmela Rivera; son Rafael Rivera.

Pallbearers will be Rafael Matta, Eric Matta, Marcos Madrid, Gabriel Madrid, Reynaldo Madrid Jr., Gilbert D. Rivera, and Roman Rivera.

The family would like to thank Francisca Olivas, Benita, Alma and all of Gentiva Hospice Staff, Dr. Elgard Badine and his staff of Kamera Independent Physicians for the special care given to Modesta.

Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories with the family in the online register book at

Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.

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