Marlys Stament Rivard, age 79, died Jan. 9 in hospice care at her home in Clear Lake City, surrounded by friends and family. She died after a courageous six-year battle with congestive heart failure and Parkinson’s disease with complications.
Marlys was born Jan. 19, 1941 in Minneapolis, Minn. She married John Rivard in 1963 and the couple lived in the Houston area for their 56 years together. Marlys was a loving and devoted wife, an exceptional mother and home manager, and the Rivard family financial officer and social director. She was a “professional Mom.”
Marlys and John raised three beautiful daughters, two of which suffered severe brain injuries in separate automobile accidents during their teen years. With courage, steadfast perseverance and dedication, Marlys directed and led the long fight back from coma and the subsequent years of rehabilitation for both daughters.
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