Maria was born on August 13, 1950 to the late Santos & Inocencia (Estien) Rivera in Saint Croix where she was raised and proudly embraced her Puerto Rican roots. She was previously retired and enjoyed her time with her husband Manuel Vasconzuelo, daughter Theresa Phillips and granddaughter Nayalee Falcon. She also enjoyed spending time with her friends. Her favorite hobbies included cooking, sewing and making those around her happy. Maria was a loving sibling to five sisters and one brother, Laura Clarke, Luis Rivera, Regita Torres, Maria Esther Torres, Angelita Torres and Mariana Torres.