Elizabeth “Betsy” Rivero died peacefully at her home in Gulfport, FL on Friday, Oct 22 at age 92. Born in 1929 to Earle and Abigail Leonard of Trenton, NJ, she graduated from Trenton Central High in 1947 and from Mercer Hospital School of Nursing in 1950. In Dec 1953, she married Dr. August Serafin Rivero, an immigrant from Cuba, eleven months after their first blind date. From 1953-1956 she was the head maternity nurse at the West Jersey Hospital. After moving to Lawrenceville to raise their three children, she studied at Trenton State College in 1970 to be certified as a school nurse. For over a decade, Miss Betsy was beloved by the children she cared for in the Lawrence Township schools, famous for her Daffy Duck impression. After her husband was diagnosed with Parkinsons, Betsy and August retired to Florida in 1983.
Her youth was spent in Seaside Park NJ - fishing, boating, and swimming - instilling the love of the Jersey Shore in the generations to follow. Betsy and August loved to golf, and they could dance the merengue like nobody’s business. Betsy cared for her husband and volunteered for the Suncoast ADPA Chapter to help other families facing Parkinson’s. She enjoyed sewing, puzzles, playing cards with her grandchildren, and bridge with the women of the Pasadena Yacht Club. At her recent 90th birthday, Betsy’s life was celebrated by countless family and friends from across the country.
Thanks to the loving care of her daughter Joanne and hospice, she was able to stay in her beautiful home as she wished. Betsy is survived by her daughters Joanne and Linda (John), daughter-in-law Jodie, grandchildren Niccole, Samantha, Justin, Andrew and Tyler, and gr-granddaughter Mia. She is preceded in death by her husband (2006) and son, John August (2017).
A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation or your local hospice.