JoAnn Rivera

JoAnn Rivera, 72, of Farson, passed away peacefully at her home Nov. 10, 2018, surrounded by three of her 10 children.

The daughter of William Lavery and Wanda, she was born March 15, 1946, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the daughter of William Lavery and Wanda Barlow Lavery. 

Rivera attended schools in Utah.  She married Ernie Rivera Jan. 1, 2000, in Rock Springs and he preceded her in death Nov. 26, 2016. Rivera was employed Sweetwater County School District No. 1 and was a custodian for many years. 

She enjoyed spending time with family especially her grandchildren, and crafting.

Survivors include four sons, Jimmy Higby of Tucson, Ariz., Wynn Higby of Oklahoma, Kenneth Grunder of Green River and Robert Grunder of Farson; five daughters, Wanda Higby of Greenville, S.C., Sabrina Scheaffer of Tucson, Ariz., Brenda Rodriguez of Las Vegas, Penny Shadduck of Taylorsville, Utah, and Jeralynn Cowett of Rock Springs; two brothers, Joe Snyder of Ogden, Utah, and Jay Snyder of Cor de Lane, Idaho; one sister, Nancy Farley of Layton, Utah; twenty-four grandchildren, as well as several great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Rivera was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Jerry Snyder; one son, Dell Higby and one grandson, Johnny Jr., who died two years ago.

Following cremation, services will take place at a later date. Condolences may be left at


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