Rebeca de los Rios
November 6, 1950  -  May 21, 2018

Rebeca de los Rios


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Forest City Spanish Seventh Day Adventist Church
7601 Forest City Rd
Orlando, FL  32810
Thursday, May 24, 2018
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Forest City Spanish Seventh Day Adventist Church
7601 Forest City Road
Orlando, FL  32810
Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Forest City Spanish Seventh Day Adventist Church
7601 Forest City Rd.
Orlando, FL  32810
Friday, May 25, 2018
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Highland Memory Gardens
3329 E. Semoran Blvd.
Apopka, FL  32703
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Rebeca Pupo Balboa nació en Holguín, Cuba, el 6 de noviembre de 1950, del matrimonio de Juan Pupo y Josefa Balboa. La cuarta hija de cinco hermanas, creció en un hogar lleno de alegría y música. Sus pasatiempos favoritos incluyeron tocar el piano, el acordeón, pintar, leer, montar bicicletas y participar en carreras de campo y pista, entre otras cosas. Pero sus más preciados recuerdos incluyen el visitar a personas interesadas en el evangelio junto a su padre, hombre de espíritu generoso y misionero. A él le atribuyó sus rasgos más prominentes, su generosidad y amor por las almas y el evangelio.
A la edad de 18 años, unos meses antes de la salida de sus padres de Cuba, Rebeca contrajo matrimonio con Rolando de los Ríos, joven ministro al cual había conocido en su niñez, quien había estudiado en el Colegio de las Antillas con sus hermanas. De esa unión les nació su única hija, Raiza, la cual fue un aliciente en los largos 11 años que pasó separada de sus padres y hermanas. Ese tiempo fue un período de entrenamiento para Rebeca quien se convirtió en una excelente y dinámica esposa de pastor.
En 1980, la familia se trasladó a los Estados Unidos tras una pequeña escala en Costa Rica. Después de un corto período aprendiendo inglés en la Universidad de Andrews, la familia se estableció en New Jersey donde Rolando ejerció como pastor y director de la obra hispana. Con su energía y valor característico, Rebeca empezó como trabajadora en una fábrica de comidas griegas y antes del año ya se había convertido en la asistente y luego directora de laboratorio. Cuando Rolando empezó a trabajar en el programa de televisión, Ayer, Hoy, Mañana, Rebeca se incorporó al equipo como secretaria, trabajo que los llevó a los suburbios de Orlando, Florida en 1987. En el estado de la Florida es que Rebeca ejerció su más largo ministerio, tanto como secretaria voluntaria del departamento hispano de la Asociación de la Florida, donde su esposo ejercía como Vicepresidente, como de ayudante y luego directora del Ministerio Infantil, de Solteros y Ministerio Familiar, título que ocupó hasta su fallecimiento el 21 de mayo de 2018. Por 25 años se volcó en pasión por los niños y familias de la Florida, organizando maravillosos entrenamientos y extraordinarias convenciones para maestros de niños, parejas y solteros a la misma vez que apoyando a su esposo en evangelismo.
Rebeca era una amante de su familia (natural y adoptada). Su amor por las fiestas, viajes y cualquier comida y función tenía como propósito el unir a sus seres amados para disfrutar de momentos inolvidables en camaradería. En sus últimos, cortos días de enfermedad (Marzo – Mayo), su salud no le permitió trabajar, pero a pesar de sus limitaciones y hasta ingresada en el hospital conservó esas cualidades que la hacían única: Su espíritu misionero y generoso y su amor por el evangelio.
Le sobreviven su esposo Rolando, su hija, Raiza, su yerno, Leo, sus nietas Kassandra y Brianna, así como sus hermanas Norma, Juana, Ángela, y una gran familia de cuñados, cuñadas, sobrinos, sobrinas, y amistades que se incluyen como familiares.
Rebeca descansará en el Highland Memory Gardens, en Apopka, Florida, con vista hacia el Este, donde pronto será levantada por su añorado ángel guardián y se unirá al coro de VBS más grande que pueda haber imaginado y donde su energía, generosidad y amor por Cristo no tendrán fecha de expiración.


Rebeca Pupo Balboa was born in Holguín, Cuba, on November 6, 1950, to Juan Pupo and Josefa Balboa. The fourth of five daughters, she grew up in a home full of joy and music. Her favorite pastimes included playing the piano, accordion, painting, reading, cycling and track and field, among other things. But her most precious memories include accompanying her dad, a generous man with a love for the gospel, as he studied the Bible with people.

At the age of 18, a few months before the departure of her parents from Cuba, Rebeca married Rolando de los Ríos, a young minister whom she had known as a child and who had studied at the Antillean College with her sisters. From that union their only daughter, Raiza, was born. She quickly became her comfort during those long 11 years away from her family. That time was a training period for Rebeca who became an excellent and dynamic pastor's wife.
In 1980, the family moved to the United States after a small stop in Costa Rica. After a short period at Andrews University (taking English classes), the family settled in New Jersey where Rolando served as pastor and director of the Hispanic Ministries. With the energy and courage with which she was characterized, Rebeca began to work in a Greek factory and before the year was over, she had already become the assistant and then the laboratory director. When Rolando started working on the television program, ‘Ayer, Hoy, Manana’, (Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow), Rebeca joined the team as secretary, a job that took them to the suburbs of Orlando, Florida in 1987. In the state of Florida, Rebeca exercised her longest ministry, both as volunteer secretary of the Hispanic Department of the Florida Conference, where her husband served as vice president, but also as assistant and then director of Children's Ministry, Singles and Family Life Ministries, title that she held until her death on May 21, 2018. For more than 20 years she passionately led the children and families of the State of Florida, organizing wonderful trainings and extraordinary conventions for Sabbath School teachers, couples and singles while supporting her husband in evangelism.
Rebeca was a lover of her family (natural and adopted). Her love for parties, trips and any food and function had the purpose of uniting her loved ones in order to enjoy unforgettable moments in camaraderie. In her last, short days of illness (March - May), her health did not allow her to work, but despite her limitations, and while in the hospital, she kept those qualities that made her unique: Her missionary and generous spirit and her love for the gospel.

She is survived by her husband Rolando, her daughter, Raiza, her son-in-law, Leo, their granddaughters Kassandra and Brianna, as well as her sisters Norma, Juana, Angela, and a large family of brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends which include friends who are close as family.

Rebeca will be laid to rest at Highland Memory Gardens, in Apopka, Florida, with a view of the East, where one day she will be brought forth by her long-awaited guardian angel to join the largest VBS choir she ever imagined, and where her energy, generosity and love for Christ will not have an expiration date.

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  1. Sheila Álvarez
    Altamonte Springs, FL

    Por donde quiera que Rebeca camino dejo hueyas de un tierno y sincero amor a su projimo. El estado de este mundo a empeorado sin tu presencia. Graciás Dios mio por querernos tanto. Rebeca fue un hermoso regalo. 1St Tess. 4

  2. Donna Bird
    Apopka, FL

    I am deeply saddern to hear the lost of our Dear Mrs Rebeca De los Rios. She was a dynamite Worker for Jesus. A True Disciple, a servant. Her love for the Ministry is definiate recorded in heaven book of Life. I know that Mr. De los Rios will feel the loneliness in the lost of his wife, But it is promise that Jesus will send a comforter - God knows our hearts and souls. That day will come when the dead shall rise, and our angels will take us home to our heavenly father. We will see you there. at the River of Life.

  3. Esther Martinez
    Pooler, GA

    Dear Raiza, I'm sending you virtual hugs this evening. I read the story of your mother (in Spanish!). What a beautiful tribute to her. I know this is a terribly difficult valley for you to walk through. I just pray that you'll remember Jesus is walking with you and He's cradling you in His arms. "We have this Hope that burns within our hearts--hope in the coming of the Lord." Condolencias, Esther Martinez

  4. pablo cruz
    Bloomfield, NJ

    my deepest condolences to a very great person and a mother figure. she will be sorely missed. May god bless her family. She now rests and awaits the 2nd coming of our lord and savior.

  5. Pr. Juan & Marisol Garcia
    Clewiston, FL

    Familia De Los Ríos:
    Consuelo y fortaleza, hasta ese gran Día de la Resurrección 🙏🙏

    God did not promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, nor sun without rain, but he did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way.

  6. Kira & Jerry Geyer
    Deltona, FL

    Our thoughts and prayers go out for the family. So glad to have known and worked near this wonderful woman.

  7. Isabel y Jose Paredes
    Jacksonville, FL

    Paz y Fe, pronto la verán otra vez!

  8. Iris Valdivia, Shawn Patterson,Monique Lee
    Riverside, CA

    Rebeca you will always be remembered with Love and admiration for the great woman that you were and your passion to do your best for all of us. All of our love until we meet again. Beautiful lady inside and out.

  9. Gladys Castro & Raúl Santiago
    Orlando florida, FL

    God bless dear pastor Rolando de los Ríos and your beautiful family.
    Your Friends, Raúl & Gladys.

  10. Judi Williams
    Apopka, FL

    My sincerest condolences to Rebeca’s entire family. My the Lord Jesus wrap His loving arms around you and give you His peace. Stay faithful. He’s on His way!!!

  11. Maida Delgado Copp
    Virginia, FL

    It's no easy to let go of someone you have known and loved all your life, but just remember that this separation is only for a short while, until that great day when Jesus will gather his children to take them home. RIP Rebeca de los Rios until that trumpet sounds.

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