October 1, 1954 ~ November 14, 2020

Born in: Hartsville, SC
Resided in: Meriden, CT

Pastor Doris Ann Robinson-Rivers, 66, unexpectedly passed away and gained her eternal wings on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at MidState Medical Center.  Pastor Rivers was born on October 1, 1954 in Hartsville, SC to the late Mr. Elijah and Mrs. Louisa Bacote Robinson, Sr. She graduated in 1972 from Butler High School in Hartsville, SC. She relocated to Meriden to pursue her career, where she resided for the majority of her life.  Pastor Rivers was united in Holy matrimony to her loving husband, the late Stephen R. Rivers, Sr. The love they shared was unconditional.

The Lord blessed her with three wonderful sons; Stephen R. Rivers, who preceded her in death, Elijah A. Rivers, and Jonathan (Maria) Rivers both of Meriden; five grandchildren, Julius Rivera, Je’lexia West, Juelz Brano, Lee’ani Rivers, and Lynden Rivers all of Meriden. Also, Pastor Rivers is survived by five sisters, Ella Dargan of Meriden, Mary L. Jackson of Brooklyn, NY, Annie Lester, Patricia (James) Jackson, and Barbara (James) Copeland all of Hartsville, SC; two brothers Bishop Joe Robinson, and Elijah (Patricia) Robinson both of Hartsville, SC; special friend Valeria Marrow of Meriden; and a host of nieces, nephews, close relatives, Pentecostal Apostolic Church Family, spiritual children, God children and friends.  She was preceded in death by her two sisters, Pastor Loretta Kemp of Topeka, KS, and Willie Mae Allen of Brooklyn, NY.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Doris’ family on Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 9:30 to 10:30AM at Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden.  Her funeral service will take place in the funeral home at 10:30AM.  Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Meriden (Masks, social distancing, and attendance limitations will be enforced).

Live Stream can be viewed on the Beecher and Bennett Funeral Service Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/beecherandbennett/videos/2319979914814760


Visitation: November 21, 2020 9:30 - 10:30 am

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Meriden
48 Cook Avenue
Meriden, CT 06451


Funeral Service: November 21, 2020 10:30 am

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Meriden
48 Cook Avenue
Meriden, CT 06451


Graveside Service: November 21, 2020 11:30 am

Walnut Grove Cemetery
817 Old Colony Road
Meriden, CT 06451

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  1. Jonathan and Elijah, I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Your mother was such a nice person. I am sorry but we can’t attend her funeral due to COVID.

  2. The Jackson and Howze families are terribly sorry to hear of the loss of your sister/family member. We pray that God will envelop you in his loving arms and give you and your family strength throughout these trying times.

  3. Bishop johnnie Dowson sorry for your loss our deepest sympathy you’re always in our prayer may the Lord continue to keep you and uplift you yours in Christ Bishop Dawson

  4. Sending condolences and prayer to the family. My last memory of Doris was their class reunion trip to Savannah, GA. We had a blast with the class of 72, my husband’s class. We laughed and talked about how good the food was on the boat. May God give you all sweet memories to hold dear in your hearts. May God give you His strength.

  5. My deepest condolences to the Rivers families. Sending my prayers and love and my God give you strength throughout these trying times.

  6. The Byrd and Steele Family. We offer our sincere condolences at this time. We thank God for her life, love and service. May the family look to the hills which cometh your help your help comes from the Lord. We love you.

  7. “You have been thru the fire.” “You have been thru the storm.” “Your battle is over.”
    “Sleep on Pastor Rivers.”

  8. I would like to give my sincere condolences to John and Elijah but also I would like to let Minister Rivers know that she was truly loved and that she will always be missed for her compassion,for honesty and her understanding

  9. Doris, You were always so sweet and kind. I enjoyed working with you for 9yrs. Your spirit is one to remember. I will always remember our talks. You have me my first Bible and I will cherish it always you will truly be missed by many. Love always Meka Bunch

  10. Pastor Rivers was a beautiful blessed woman of God if she could help you she would GD mentor counselor pastor Rivers u will be truly missed God said ur work is done down s.ih.till we meet again bro.and sis White

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