Ana Delia Rivera

Born in Lares, Puerto Rico on December 3, 1957

Departed on October 15, 2019 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

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Ana Delia Rivera, age 61, of Nashville went to be with her heavenly father October 15, 2019. She was born December 3, 1957 in Lares, Puerto Rico to the late Rodulfo Soto Gonzales and Maria Borrero Camacho.

Ana was a natural nurturer and enjoyed taking care of everyone around her. She was a Registered Nurse for over 25 years and was loved by her patients and coworkers.
She lived life joyfully, with a contagious positive attitude. Ana enjoyed an active lifestyle and her love of nature inspired her to spend many hours hiking in the Warner Parks.
Ana loved her family, and if you asked her, she would say her children and grandchild were her greatest accomplishment.

Ana is survived by her daughter, Vanessa Hollingshead-Cook and husband Keith; daughter, Lisa Rivera Peebles and husband James Howell; granddaughter, Lucy Marie Peebles; the father of her children, Javier Rivera; brothers Juan Soto and Juvinal Soto; and sisters Candelaria Soto, Genoveva Soto, and Carmen Soto.

The family will receive friends from 9-11 a.m. Friday, October 18th with a life celebration service following at 11 a.m. at the Pavilion of Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens. Interment will be in the Garden of Chapel Hill West of Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens with a reception following.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at and Friends of Warner Parks at

40 Comments to Ana Delia Rivera

  1. Sandra Morales
    October 17, 2019 2:22 pm

    Querida Dely, vuela alto y descansa en paz !
    Gracias por tu sonrisa eterna. Mis condolencias a tu familia. Abrazo solidario!

  2. Julissa Feliciano
    October 17, 2019 3:31 pm

    Q tristeza tan grande siento, te recordare Delia, como en la foto, a mis primas Vanessa y Lisa saben q la distancia nos separa pero estamos unidas en pensamiento. Ella ahora descansa en Paz sin sufrimiento ni dolor. Las Quiero mucho y tranquilas q fueron buenas hijas y estuvieron allí para ella siempre, Un Abrazo Julissa

  3. Daphne Santos
    October 17, 2019 4:15 pm

    Mis condolencias a mis primas por el fallisimiento de nuestra bella tía Delia. Siempre estará en nuestro pensamientos , corazón y oraciones. Dios te reciba en el cielo pues tú te lo mereces. Cariñosamente su sobrina Daphne y familia.

  4. Bradie
    October 17, 2019 4:48 pm

    Ana, I know you are with the Lord now, full of joy and all is well with you. But down here we will miss you and cherish your memory. You are a wonderful person with a heart of gold. You overcame every obstacle with grace, determination and love. Well done! You will always have a special place in my heart. Un ultimo abrazo mi amiga. : )

  5. Ileana Hernández
    October 17, 2019 5:07 pm

    Mi querida tía favorita, no puedo creer que ya no estés. Siempre fuiste una mujer valiente que a seat de las adversidades saliste adelante. Me recuerdo cuanto tú y Javier eran novios . Que gran logro cuando te convertiste en enfermera. La primera de la familia en graduarse de la universidad, Un gran ejemplo. Lo único que lamento es no haber pasado más tiempo contigo. Tu hermano, Frank y abuela Maria te recibirán en el cielo. Mimin como lo decías a tu hermana Carmen te manda Bendiciones. Siempre estarás en nuestro corazones.

  6. Maribel Rodríguez
    October 17, 2019 5:13 pm

    Mi querida y dulce amiga. Te recordaremos y te amaremos siempre. Descansa, y que Dios le dé paz y consuelo a toda tu familia y amigos.

  7. Lawana Harper
    October 17, 2019 5:15 pm

    Vanessa & Keith,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. She was a beautiful person both physically and spiritually. I know you will miss her terribly, but I’m sure she is in good hands. I know she loved her girls very much.

    Love and sympathy to all,

    Lawana Harper

  8. Ileana Hernández
    October 17, 2019 5:34 pm

    Mi querida tía favorita, no puede creer que ya no estes. Que gran tristeza y dolor. Me recuerdo cuando tú y Javier eran novios. Yo pasaba mucho tiempo con ustedes, era tu compañera cuando tenías días libre de la universidad. Siempre fuiste una mujer fuerte que a pesar de las muchas dificultades saliste adelante. Un gran ejemplo, la primera de la familia al graduarse de la universidad. Que gran logro cuando te convertiste en enfermera. Lo único que lamento es no haber pasado más tiempo contigo. Mimin como llamabas a a mami(Carmen Soto) te manda Bendiciones, que descanses en paz junto a tu hermano Frank y tú mamá Maria. Lograste ser allguien muy importante en la vida de nosotros . Te extrañare y nunca te olvidaré. Que descanses en paz.

  9. Elizabeth Ortiz
    October 17, 2019 8:30 pm

    Amiga eterna, atesoro cada momento compartido. Esa alegria con la que me recibiste quedara grabada en mi Corazon por siempre. se que estaras bien. Te amare por siempre.

  10. Lisa Soto
    October 17, 2019 9:34 pm

    Titi Delia, mi titi dulce, chic, lovely y llena de sonrisas. Mi titi siempre tan orgullosa de sus nenas Vanesa y Lisa y luego de su nieta Lucy. Ojalá la vida me hubiera permitido disfrutarte más. Eres un ejemplo de esfuerzo y superación, lograste grandes cosas. Gracias por ser como una hermana para mami, las mejores risas como si fueran adolescentes sin duda fueron contigo. Dios te abraza y te recibe, que descanses titi. Siempre estarás en nuestros corazones.

  11. Oscar Soto
    October 17, 2019 9:49 pm

    Tía lamento mucho tu temprana partida, pero como dicen todos fuistes un ejemplo para todos. Gracias por esos relajos por teléfono cuando mami (Iris Cordero) te visitaba. Reíamos hasta quedar sin aire. Siempre hermosa y siempre alegre. Así te recordaré. Gracias por ser una hermana para mi madre. Hace unos meses cuando mami y Tía Geny te visitaron me invitaste a mi y mi esposa a tu casa. Pero jamás pensé te ibas tan de repente. En esa visita fue que mi madre hizo todo lo posible para que te hicieran un diagnóstico verdadero. Ella con su pasión como enfermera igual que tú y con su incondicional amor contigo logró ese diagnóstico. Sin duda alguna fue enviada por Dios. Ahora descansa en paz y vuela alto. Te extrañaremos mucho tu sobrino Oscalito como me solías llamar

  12. Annie
    October 17, 2019 9:50 pm

    Dely. La hermana que la vida que la vida me dio, siempre vivirás en mi corazón. Descansa en paz

  13. Barbra
    October 17, 2019 10:57 pm

    I am grateful knowing you in this lifetime. I enjoyed the short time we worked together . Thank you for the friendship. I will miss you

  14. Evelyn Montalvo
    October 17, 2019 11:10 pm

    Descansa en paz Delly. Te recuerdo por tu eterna sonrisa. Mi más sinceras condolencias a su familia ante irreparable pérdida. Un abrazo solidario y que el Señor les dé paz y consuelo.

  15. Roel
    October 17, 2019 11:58 pm

    Pagkaluoy sa akong amiga. Maayong tawo. Dali duolon. Padayon sa pagpagpahulay.

  16. Charla S.
    October 18, 2019 12:28 am

    Ana and I would talk about all sorts of things: from food to health and why she loved being a part of the local hiking group. I loved how poised she would always be: she bragged about how proud she was of her daughters; she was a remarkable woman, and I will miss her.

  17. Joan
    October 18, 2019 1:28 am

    To the family,
    So sorry for your loss. Ana was an awesome lady and coworker. Glad for the opportunity to know her. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  18. Christopher
    October 18, 2019 2:05 am

    Ana, I absolutely loved working with you. Your compassion and your smile brightened the days and nights of all who knew you. You inspired those around you, and your stories always made me laugh. I shall miss you, and am honored to have called you my friend. Be at peace, my dear friend. Love you always….

  19. Lita
    October 18, 2019 4:06 am

    Ana , you know how much I value our friendship, no I run out of words how to describe you while we were hanging out together. You are the best among the best. A person full of energy. You’re healthy lifestyle is is very encouraging . You’re smile and positivities outlook in life is very contagious. Thank you for the precious moment we spent together. You’re such a wonderful person , willing to help those in need. When I was new in Nashville , you teach me and helped me for everything that I need. I will forever cherish our friendship. Till we meet again. I love you my friend.

  20. Maggie Smith
    October 18, 2019 8:31 am

    Oh, Ana. There are no words. You were the kindest, most amazing person. I simply loved you and wish I had the chance to tell you again. The encouragement you gave meant so much to me. You always put everyone else ahead of yourself. I know you are with our God singing with the angels. You will be missed.

  21. Ginger Stitt
    October 18, 2019 8:45 am

    Vanessa, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Find peace and comfort in the abundance of love shared and cherished memories. Those gifts will forever be in your heart – what a beautiful lady. Big hugs.

    Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day.
    Unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear. -unknown

  22. Wency Baerga
    October 18, 2019 8:58 am

    Deli!!! Siempre con la sonrisa más cándida y cálida que conozco… un Ser de Luz Especial …refrescante en todas tus formas…con una peculiar manera de hablar por ese acento lareño… característico y simpático. Para tí… casi todo era una chiste porque sabías empequeñecer y agrandar lo necesario. Gracias s Dios y la vida por haberte conocido y poder coincidir en esta vida a través de mi amada Vilma Ortiz… con quien ya te reúnes!!! Por siempre re recordaré como te conocí… Decansa el La Paz Eterna… un abrazo desde acá. Wency

  23. Nancy Carpenter
    October 18, 2019 9:00 am

    Sweet Ana. You were beautiful, classy and kind. I loved our talks. You are greatly loved and greatly missed. Rest in peace sweet Ana.

  24. Maria
    October 18, 2019 9:04 am

    Kerida Ana Amiga y buena trabajadora siempre te recordare con tus buenos consejos de madre Siempre fuiste una persona muy buena para mi te extrañare siempre Garcías por tu buena amistad maría

  25. Sarah Jewell
    October 18, 2019 9:23 am

    My sweet Ana. You took me under your wing as a new nurse and guided me through all my fears. Your love and compassion for nursing, your patients, friends, family, and our heavenly father showed proud and true. Your smile was contagious. Your laugh undeniable. I will truly miss you but I know that I will see you again in his heavenly kingdom where we will be in the angelic choir singing praises to or god and savior. Until then my sweet mentor and friend, may God bless and keep your family and all of your friends, coworkers, and patients whose lives you have touched. May he give them all peace that surpasses all understanding. All my love my sweet and precious friend.

  26. Jalitsa Feliciano Rivera
    October 18, 2019 10:06 am

    Un momento muy triste. Delia, fuiste muy amable y cariñosa conmigo me trataste como tú hija siempre al pendiente. A Vanessa y Lisita muy difícil por lo que estan pasando pero su fortaleza será que siempre estuvieron con ella cuando más las necesitó. Las quiero mucho y estan en mi pensamiento; su prima Jaly.

  27. Marquishia Rucker
    October 18, 2019 10:09 am

    Ana you where such an amazing will be missed dearly…my condolences to her family

  28. Torris
    October 18, 2019 10:25 am

    Condolences to the family. She was a good woman. Always smiling at work.

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  30. Jennifer Blaney
    October 18, 2019 1:28 pm

    We will miss your beautiful smile and your contagious energy for life. I will see you again one day. Love you my dear friend Ana.

  31. Terri Logan
    October 18, 2019 3:21 pm

    So sorry to hear this! Ana you are a wonderful, brave person and will be missed here on earth. I enjoyed working with you and I am sending prayers for your family. Terri

  32. Grace C.
    October 18, 2019 3:39 pm

    I work with Anna for only couple of months but she’s nice and sweet. She make my stay and work easy and happy. Just knowing her for few months was a lasting friendship that I could not forget her… another angel to celebrate in heaven…

  33. José A.Rivera Vélez
    October 18, 2019 8:50 pm

    Dios bendiga a mi querido hermano y a mis queridas sobrinas. Con profunda tristeza les doy mi más sentido pésame por la partida de mi querida cuñada, Delia.Le pido a Dios que les de mucha fortaleza y consuelo.

  34. José A.Rivera Vélez
    October 18, 2019 9:12 pm

    Dios bendiga a mi querido hermano y a mis queridas sobrinas. Con profunda tristeza les doy más sentido pésame por la partida de mi querida cuñada, Delia. Siempre la recordaré con mucho cariño. Pido a Dios que les de mucha fortaleza y consuelo en éstos momentos.

  35. Chityka Lee
    October 18, 2019 9:44 pm

    Ana was a very sweet person with a contagious smile. She will truly be missed at VSWRH. My prayers and condolences to the family. 🙏🏼

  36. Sandra Ayala
    October 20, 2019 7:14 am

    I see you in heaven my princess warrior.
    I love you !

  37. Deborah householder
    October 21, 2019 3:24 am

    Ana my heart is breaking. You were a wonderful friend. I am so grreatful to have counted you as a friend and co-worker. Nursing has lost a fantastic nurse. .I will miss you. Love you. Your family will be in my prayers.

  38. Carol
    October 22, 2019 2:35 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember Ana from a long time ago, when she worked on 7B at Baptist.
    My thoughts are with her family…

  39. Neddie Feliciano
    October 22, 2019 3:49 pm

    Siento tristeza porque porque ya yo no estas con nosotros. Delia, un alma de Dios, siempre con su sonrisa y dulzura. Asi siempre la recordare, siempre me trataste muy bien. Ya no estas con nosotros, mas siempre viviras en nuestra memoria y corazones. Pedimos a Dios fortaleza por mis primas Liza y Vanesa, por mi tio Javier y toda la familia que hoy sufrimos tu partida. Siempre te recordaremos, que Dios te tenga en la gloria, descansa en paz, gracias por las lindas memorias que nos dejaste.

  40. Laurie Palmer
    October 27, 2019 5:01 pm

    Ana, I am so sad that you are no longer physically here with us. God took you away, but I believe we will see you again when he brings us to heaven.
    We first met as co workers in Knoxville in 2009. You made those long night shifts much more tolerable with your kindness and laughter. You were a wonderful nurse to your patients. In 2015 -2016 I came to Nashville as a travel nurse and we had so much fun exploring your city together. On my birthday night it was frigid cold and snowing. The news suggested that people should stay off the roads. You didn’t want me to be alone, so you took me to dinner. That was the kind of friend you were. You were so easy to talk to and you always had the kindest words to say. You loved being a mom to Vanessa and Lisa and grandma to Lucy. You lovingly spoke about your daughters and their husbands all the time.
    Ana, I feel that I am a better person having known you. Heaven is even more glorious now that you are there. I will miss you so much.
    My sympathies to your family.
    Love you, Laurie

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