Edna R. Riviere, age 87, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 3, 2021, after a brief illness, at the home of her son and daughter-in-law in Weddington, North Carolina.
Edna was born April 15, 1934 in Memphis, Tennessee to Walter and Annie Reamey. She attended Garfield High School in Akron, Ohio and The University of Akron. She worked for Wright Patterson AFB for 38 years before retiring in 1989. On May 24, 1952, she married the late Sandy (Samuel E.) DeVaughn. From this marriage, she conceived four children, Patricia, Richard, Susan and Alvin DeVaughn. She married the late Carlton P. Riviere in 1966.
Family was first and foremost for Edna. She raised her children to be family advocates and productive community members. She led by example as a working mother who prepared wholesome meals daily and actively engaged in her children’s educational and social endeavors. She was the best cook in the world and prepared delicious multi-course meals on holidays and special occasions. She loved to cook and received great satisfaction that her meals were thoroughly enjoyed by all. Friends and family looked forward to dinner at Edna’s. The Harris Family Reunion was a most important bi-annual event that she and her family always attended, ensuring continuity of the strong and independent family legacy.
Despite social and political dynamics, Edna had a very successful career at Wright Patterson AFB where she started her career in the secretarial pool and retired 38 years later responsible for Affirmative Action Planning and Compliance for her division. She loved her job and dedicated all she had for the benefit of her work group. Her birthday was her favorite day of the year and her bosses and co-workers would shower her with gifts and cards every year.
She was not only a leader at home and work, she was a recognized leader in the community. She worked diligently for the Montgomery County Democratic Party and was sought after to endorse and support select candidates throughout the years. She was asked to run for public office on several occasions but preferred a more discrete position where she felt she could be more impactful. In addition to politics, Edna was committed to social action. She was a member of Deborah Chapter #19, OES, PHA where she served as Worthy Matron and was also a member of AMER Court No. 65 where she served as Illustrious Commandress, was appointed Imperial Deputy for Desert of Ohio, elevated to Past State Grand Loyal Lady Ruler of the Ohio Grand Assembly, and received her Honorary Past Imperial Commandress Degree. In her later years, Edna served as the matriarch for the Harris family and generously provided wisdom and advice to her family and friends.
Edna was preceded in death by her husbands, Samuel E. DeVaughn and Carlton P. Riviere; daughter, Patricia Ann Hunt; parents, Walter Reamey, Sr. and Annie Harris Reamey; sisters, Muzette Reamey, Ollie Mae Taylor and Vera Jean Armstrong; brother, Walter Reamey, Jr.
She is survived by her daughter, Susan (Gerald) Bell; sons, Richard (Linda) DeVaughn, Alvin DeVaughn; brother-in-law, Bob DeVaughn; step-son, Samuel Stockton; 9 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter; several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held 11 am Thursday, July 15, at Shiloh Baptist Church, 3801 Fairbanks Ave. Visitation 10-11 am. Interment Dayton National Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to House of Wheat Funeral Home, Inc.
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