Community gathers to remember Jennifer Riordan
April 23, 2018 02:39 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – At one point in the Sunday evening service at Popejoy Hall celebrating her life, Jennifer Riordan's husband, Michael, asked attendees to stand if they've ever heard Jennifer cheer for their kid, had a glass of wine with her or worked with her on a project to improve Albuquerque.
One by one, everyone stood up.
It was the strongest sign yet of the late local wife, mother and beloved community member's influence and impact on the Duke City; proof that Jennifer Riordan touched the lives of thousands.
"The love in the room, I just want to keep this going for a long time," her husband said. "My name is Michael Riordan, and I've had the great fortune of having Jennifer in my life for almost 29 years, and it's been an amazing journey."
It's a journey that's always been centered on four attributes: Kind, loving, caring and sharing. The same words that family and friends used to describe Jennifer at the service.
"For me, it's the people. It's absolutely the people who are so welcoming," Michael Riordan said. "So kind, so supportive. Find the thing in your community that's most important and go out and help try to solve the problem."
As they shared stories, New Mexico learned more about a woman who saw the good in everyone. At the service, shared memories and shared grief united a crowd of thousands.
"To Michael, thank you again for sharing your grief," said Hakim Bellamy, Albuquerque's first poet laureate and a friend of the Riordans. "We all would have understood if you disappeared into it, but instead, like a Riordan, you disappeared into us. Into a community."
Updated: April 23, 2018 02:39 PM
Created: April 22, 2018 09:58 PM
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