Patrice Ann Rives

Patrice Ann Rives, 38, of Damascus MD, died Wednesday, February 2nd, at Johns Hopkins Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. from complications of cancer. Patrice is survived by her husband Scott Louis Rives and beloved daughters Haddie Jane and Anna. She was the daughter of Patrick and Maureen Diskin Lyons of S. Abington, Twp. and the sister of Eric Patrick Lyons and his companion Camille Renicke of Scranton.

Patrice was a proud 2001 graduate of Abington Heights School District where she was a member of the Junior Varsity Cheerleading Team and a member of the Championship Diving Team. Patrice continued her education at Bloomsburg University graduating with honors in 2005 with a B.A. in Elementary Education. Patrice taught in the Montgomery County, MD School District since graduating from Bloomsburg. During this time she obtained her Masters Degree in Education and Reading from the Johns Hopkins University.

She was the light of our lives and fought hard but lost her short battle with cancer. She was the most amazing Mother, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Friend, and Teacher. She inspired endless amounts of students through her work and touched the hearts of every single person she encountered.

Thank you to all our family and friends who have reached out to us with support, thoughts, and prayers over the last month and we thank you! We thank God for the gift of her life for the 38 years that He blessed us with her presence. We rejoice in her spirit every day of our lives. “Parting is such sweet sorrow.”

Friends may call Saturday February 19th from 3-6pm in the Robert A Pumpfrey Funeral Home 7557 Wisconsin Ave Bethesda, MD 20814.

Local arrangements have been entrusted to the Vanston & James Funeral Home, Scranton.

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  1. John Haggerty

    Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal, but love leaves a memory no one can steal! Patrice was a tremendous daughter, sister, cousin, friend, wife and mother you could ever hope for. If she was in your life, you were the lucky one. I know you are with your grandparents flying high with the angels, until we meet again, you will be missed, love you!

  2. Matt Showers

    Patrice was an amazing person and friend. Her kindness and fun loving spirit was infectious to everyone around her. I grieve her loss but am so glad to have known her. Patrice, you will be dearly missed.

  3. Martha Gurdin

    I am so very sad to read this. I can see you in her beautiful smile. You have my deepest sympathy.
    Martha Gurdin

  4. Casey May

    I had you as a teacher when you taught Rachel Carson Mrs. Rives. After you passed I realized how much you have done for me. You helped me so much, you were the main reason I didn’t jump out a window. I wish you were back. I would give up anything, I know I was just one of your students but you are so important to me. It’s horrible that good people die young. I love you Mrs. Rives and I hope your family is doing well and you Rest In Peace.

  5. Matias Zenklusen

    I’m so sorry to hear that Patrice Rives has passed away. I remembered having her as my 4th grade teacher at Oakland Terrace Elementary School. She always had a smile on her face and, when she read stories to us, she was so energetic. Even years after I graduated from Oakland Terrace, I remembered her fondly. When looking back on my elementary school years with my friends, I would always tell them how great a teacher and person she was. It breaks my heart to find out that she is no longer with us, but I’ll never forget the time we spent together and I’ll continue to remember her fondly for years to come. Rest In Peace, Patrice Rives. I miss you so much.

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