Welcome to the memorial page for

Gwendolyn Mae Rivers

June 3, 2017

Gwendolyn Mae (nee: Starver) Rivers, 78, passed away June 3, 2017 at Hospice of Medina County.  She was born in WaKeeney, KS, May 21, 1939.  Her family moved to Pittsburgh, PA and she graduated in 1957 from Shenley High School. In 1960, Gwen graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing as an RN and in 1988 she received her BSN from University of Akron.


She worked in local hospitals, nursing homes and did private duty care and retired after 32 years from Barberton City School District as a school nurse.  She was a member of First Christian Church of Wadsworth.  Her civic duties included: Wadsworth High School Band Booster, Wadsworth City Councilwoman for 9 years and she was a founding member of the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund and a founding Board Member of the Scholarship Foundation of Wadsworth, serving over 30 years.


Gwen was a missionary to the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention in Liberia West Africa which began her love of travel.  She ventured to over 8 foreign countries and all 50 states.


She was preceded in death by her stepfather and mother, William and Alice Starver, brother, Donald Starver.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, James Rivers, Jr.; children, Socrates (Susan) Rivers of Gurnee, IL, John (Gavin Morrow) Rivers of New York, NY; grandchildren, Jasmine (Lee) Rivers; great-granddaughter, Kailani Rivers; and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

The family would like to thank the staff at Akron General Medical Center 4th Floor and the staff at Hospice of Medina County for their love and care.

Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00pm Friday, June 9, 2017 at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 1376 High St., Wadsworth, Ohio.  Funeral Service will be held Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 11:00 am at First Christian Church of Wadsworth with Reverend Cynthia Klingemier and Karen Rule officiating, 116 Boyer St. Family will also receive friends one hour prior to service from 10:00-11:00 am at the church.  Interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.  Memorial donations may be made to the Scholarship Foundation of Wadsworth, PO Box 441, Wadsworth, Ohio 44282 or First Christian Church of Wadsworth, 116 Boyer St., Wadsworth, Ohio 44281.

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