Sylvia Rivera Nickerson (’20)

Sylvia Rivera Nickerson
FEBRUARY 10, 1980 – DECEMBER 26, 2021

Sylvia Rivera was born on February 10, 1980 at Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston Texas. She was the first daughter and second born child of Jose and Carmen Rivera. Sylvia’s greatest joy in her life was her family. She was a beautiful soul who loved to entertain and make everyone laugh. Her light and energy was immeasurable. Her elegant nature and fearless attitude created countless friendships and memorable connections. She grew up in second ward Houston where she shared an inseparable bond with her spirited grandmother Loretta. In her earlier years, Sylvia attended catholic school at Our Lady of Guadalupe. She would later graduate from Stephen F. Austin High School. The following year she welcomed into the world her first child, Johnathon Ramirez. Her loving and nurturing personality led her to work in the medical field where she became the regional office manager at Houston ENT. In 2004, Sylvia married Micah Nickerson and extended her family with the birth of Micah Alexander and later Joshua Immanuel. Sylvia demonstrated her intelligence by earning an Associate in Arts degree from Houston Community College. Her perseverance and strong mentality was on full display as she battled breast cancer while continuing to work, raise a family, and attend school. In 2020, Sylvia accomplished her dream by earning a cum laude bachelor’s degrees from University of Houston, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Computer Technology.

Sylvia leaves behind her husband, Micah; three sons, Jonathan, Micah Alexander, and Joshua; her father and mother, Jose and Carmen Rivera; one sister, Sandra Rivera; 3 brothers, Jose (Amada), Daniel (Jackie), and Antonio (Israela); one grandson, Jonathan Ezra; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. She will forever be in our hearts and never forgotten.

A celebration of life gathering for Sylvia will be held Wednesday, January 5, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. A celebration of life gathering with family and friends will occur Wednesday, January 5, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. A celebration of life funeral service will occur Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 1:00 PM. A committal service will occur Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 2:30 PM.

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