Shirley Rivadeneyra

Shirley Rivadeneyra

September 27, 1937 - December 14, 2020
San Juan Capistrano California

Shirley Rivadeneyra

September 27, 1937 - December 14, 2020
San Juan Capistrano California


Shirley Marie Rivadeneyra

Shirley Marie Rivadeneyra, passed away peacefully December 14, 2020 in San Juan Capistrano.

Shirley retired from a 30 plus year teaching career in the Capistrano Unified School District. Shirley married her high school sweetheart Raymond Rivadeneyra and raised their two sons Rick and Mark in San Clemente.

She was blessed with 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Shirley and Ray had over 50 yrs together and loved to travel to Europe as often as possible, where Raymond would golf, and Shirley would shop.

No services will be held due to pandemic protocols, the family asks that extended family, her friends, students and acquaintances simply remember her fondly for what she meant to you and be safe in these hard times.

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9 responses to Shirley Rivadeneyra

  1. Dear family,

    I am sorry for your loss. May happy memories comfort you.

    My thoughts and prayers, Linda Rivadeneyra (Uncle Louie’s daughter).

  2. She taught at the same school I went to. It was cool to have her there, and at the same time weird. My teachers had access to my mom each day in the lunch room.
    I was well behaved , got perfect grades, was a good athlete, and was the best artist in my grade, always.
    Not sure why but I skipped 4th grade and moved to a new school, I trusted her explicitly. Probably moved me to avoid the potential to be teased or bullied by my peers etc.
    She was a great teacher, great attentive loving mom. She brought me back to my original grade the next year at my original school. I wish I’d talked to her more about those two years. She knew best.
    She gave my brother and I a wide berth in our teen years, allowing us freedoms and trusting us to be good boys.
    She was very protective of us and stood side by side with us through a few battles, including my getting suspended 3 days my junior year. Standing by my side in the vice principal’s office as I took my punishment. She made me go to her classroom those three days and help teach kids to draw, and never punished me further.
    So many great memories and stories, she allowed 3 different kids to live with us when they needed homes. I wished her final years were happier.

  3. Trish Butler says:

    I met Shirley and the family in 1969 and we remained friends all these years. We no longer lived close, but did keep in touch via phone and text. Shirley & Ray visited us while we were temporarily residing in England, golf for Ray and shopping or doing the sites with Shirley. To Rick & Mark, we were both sad to hear of your mom’s passing, we know how much you and the children will miss her. Come to see us if you are ever in Texas or at least stay in touch.

    Love, Trish & Don

  4. My time with Shirley was brief but the memory of her will live with me forever. I was very young when i first met Shirley and yet still remember her kind heart, warm embrace, and friendly smile. It is rare to find people that can make a big impact with such little effort.

  5. Mom, The night before you passed I held your hand and recited the rosary to you. You squeezed my hand from time to time…it was a wonderful experience preparing you to leave all of us. You were my Angel on earth and always took care of me. Since Dad passed I took care of you and will cherish our moments together forever. Peace be with you; And now, go to the light; Dad is waiting for you!
    I love you dearly…!

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