JONESPORT – Riya Jessica Beal, 18 months, passed away March 22, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. Riya fought hard to survive, but peacefully went to be with the Lord. She was born Sept. 20, 2011, in Bangor, to James and Wilma (Merchant) Beal. Her aunt Jessica, whom she was named for, anxiously awaited her arrival and was present at her birth.
Riya liked bright colors, especially red and yellow. She also enjoyed her stuffed animals, cuddling and being rocked, her diamond ring rattle, her gold pom-pom and her dad’s mashed potatoes and gravy. Riya loved her bath time and especially liked her massages by Elaine. Riya was especially fond of spending lots of quality time with her aunts, Jessica and Melissa.
Riya was predeceased by her uncle, Colson Merchant; and her grandmother, Hattie M. Beal. She is survived by her parents, James and Wilma Beal; her grandparents, Ellery and Joyce Merchant Jr. and James and Sara Beal; brother, Ryan Pomeroy and companion, Courtney; sisters, Tiffany Pomeroy and companion, Stanley, Katheryn Beal and Kelly Beal; aunts, Hermena Beal and companion, Tonya, and Jessica Beal and companion, Terry; uncles, Danny Beal and wife, Tabitha, Ted Merchant, Ed Merchant and his wife, Lynne, Ned Merchant and his wife, Cindy, Milton Merchant and his wife, Tonia, Wilton Merchant and his wife, Stacy, Carol Merchant and his wife, Valerie, Waylon Merchant and his wife, Melissa, and William Merchant and his wife, Billy Jo; and many cousins. Riya was soon-to-be an auntie to two unborn babies, and now she will watch over them from above. Riya enjoyed lots of time with her in-home medical team: Anita, Ashlei, Elaine, Gayle and Gay. A very special thanks to a very spectacular nurse, Ashlei Look, for all the extra special things she has done for Riya and her family.
Viewing will be held 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, and Thursday, March 28, at Bragdon-Kelley Funeral-Home, 47 Main St., Milbridge. Funeral services will begin 1 p.m. Friday, March 28, at United Pentecostal Church, 10 Lamson Road, Jonesport. Those who wish to remember Riya in a special way may make gifts in her memory to Bangor Savings Bank, care of Riya Beal, 175 Main St., Jonesport, ME 04649, for Riya’s memorial headstone. Arrangements by Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Milbridge.