In loving memory of

Mae Laurel Rivard
November 18, 2008 - September 10, 2020

Please view Mae" life video here .

Mae Rivard left this world far too early on September 10, 2020. A visitation will be held at 4 - 6:00 p.m. Monday, September 14, 2020 at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way Ames, Iowa 50010. Masks and social distancing are required.

Mae was born on November 18, 2008 in Des Moines, Iowa to Drs. Bill Rivard and Alison Barnhill. Mae was artistic in every sense of the word; she loved to paint and draw, and had been playing the piano since she was 5 years old. Her favorite song to play was anything by Queen and was most recently working on "Killer Queen". She was in her fifth year with the Ames Children's Choirs. She adored Harry Potter books and movies. She showered her cats with love everyday spending hours cuddling with them. Mae thoroughly enjoyed her family vacations to Wisconsin with her family and Great Uncle as well as Mexico to visit her grandparents, along the way she would try any new Mexican dish that would be put in front of her as long as it had enough cilantro or hot sauce. In her free time at home she would always keep a strong competitive spirit when it came to board games with her brother, Hugh. She loved to play Roblox with friends, her brother and even Grandma.

Mae sadly leaves behind her parents Bill and Alison, brother Hugh, grandparents Mark and Kathryn Barnhill, and Raymond and Sandra Rivard, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Online condolences can be directed to

In lieu of flowers please send donations to:
Ames Children's Choirs with a notation "in honor of Mae Rivard"
PO Box 1965
Ames, Iowa 50010


Don Severs wrote on Sep 17, 2020:

"Alison, I am so sorry. I don't know if such grief can be lessened, but please know it is shared. Don Severs"

Judy Stabel wrote on Sep 15, 2020:

"Alison: I just saw the news today online. I cannot express how sad I am to learn of your loss. It has been many years since your stint as a postdoc in my lab, but I have thought of you over the years. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. "

Julie & Gus Courrier wrote on Sep 15, 2020:

"We are very saddened to hear about your loss. Hugs and prayers for you. Julie & Gus Courrier"

Autumn Smith wrote on Sep 14, 2020:

"Alison, My heart is heavy to hear of Mae's passing. I had sweet Mae and Hugh in my preschool class at Whistle Stop when you guys attended there. She had such a good heart and sweet personality! Sending all my love and hugs to you and your family during this difficult time. Autumn Smith "

Denise Critelli wrote on Sep 14, 2020:

"To Mark and Kathryn Barnhill, and Family of Mae Rivard. Very sorry for your loss your beautiful granddaughter and daughter. I know there is no amount of words can describe your grief. Our prayers and sympathy are with you and your family in this time of need. Denise and Mark Critelli"

Lynn and Kathleen Kuecker wrote on Sep 14, 2020:

"We are sorry for the loss of Mae, we are praying that God surrounds your family with His love and strength. God Bless Mae Sincerely Lynn and Kathleen Kuecker Neighbors "

Deirdre Farr wrote on Sep 14, 2020:

"Alison, I saw the obituary for your daughter yesterday. I am so sorry. I have lost touch with you over the years, but remember you as a devoted pre-vet. While our paths have diverged, I am so sorry for your pain now and the pain of your family. Wishing you all the best. Deirdre Farr"

Manyang Aluong wrote on Sep 14, 2020:

" I am so sorry for you Dr. Rivard and your family and who are now heartbroken for the passing of your lovely daughter Mae. I learned about this sad news from Barnabas. Mae was a little sweet angel and gone too soon. Such a tragic news as this is not easy to process. There is nothing that can truly replace or console you on this tragic loss of your child as I understand your sorrow and grief at this time. Dr. Rivard I cannot be there to visit in person, but my support and sympathies for your family during this difficult time are there. I feel your pain that you are experiencing now. Mae is going to be truly missed, but her good memories when she was still alive are to be cherished forever. I feel like I had known her too now. I am so sorry for her loss and my heartfelt condolences for your family. I know this is a very difficult time for your family and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you grief. "

Kellie Winter wrote on Sep 14, 2020:

"We first met Mae at Whistlestop when we moved to the Ballard area. She and my daughter quickly became friends and were described as "two peas in a Pod" always laughing and playing together. Sleepovers meant they would try on all the clothes in each other's closet and often settling on a princess dress. We will remember Mae as a sweet young lady, fierce competitor and talented musician. Peace and love to her family. "

The Day-Lee Foods Office (Nippon) wrote on Sep 14, 2020:

"Doc, We are incredibly sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are with you and your family. Shige, Shin, & Amanda (Nippon Office) "

David Tremmel wrote on Sep 14, 2020:

"Kathy, Mark, Alison et al - I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you."

Bruce Maxwell wrote on Sep 14, 2020:

"She played Ames u14 Lacrosse for us. She was such a go getter! She was not afraid of the bigger kids she went up against. She was a great teammate to have on our team! Our Lacrosse family is deeply saddened and our prayers go out to you! "

Julie Butcher wrote on Sep 14, 2020:

"Dear Rivard Family, Mae was in my second grade class at Ballard West. She was gentle, smart, creative, fun loving and lit up our classroom each day with her beautiful smile. Mae was a beautiful girl, inside and out. She was loved by all of her classmates and was a role model even at such a young age. Mae will be truly missed. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. Julie Butcher"

Samantha Wheeler wrote on Sep 13, 2020:

"Bill, Alison, Hugh, and all family- my deepest sympathies. To know Mae was to love Mae. So many people were touched by her beautiful life. I was so blessed to be her 5th grade teacher and when you spend every day with a person, you get to know them very well. She was such an incredible and smart young lady with outstanding character. A true role model. She will be so very missed by so many people. "

Dan Schweiker wrote on Sep 13, 2020:

"Suzanne and I are so sorry for your loss. Dan & Suzanne Schweiker"

Barbara wrote on Sep 13, 2020:

"Our deepest condolences. You all are in our thoughts. Love and hugs, Blaine & Barbara"

Stephanie Baker wrote on Sep 13, 2020:

"Our hearts go out to you. Wishing you parents, and Hugh, strength in such a difficult time. The Baker family (Rick, Stephanie, Lara, Will, and Aidan)"

Kathy GIroux wrote on Sep 13, 2020:

"Bill and Alison, we are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful girl. May she Rest in Peace. Kathy Giroux & Rick Bochman"

Jones and Morash wrote on Sep 13, 2020:

"Sending you all love and prayers for peace. Bless your sweet Mae. Jones and Morash families"

Amy Murphy wrote on Sep 12, 2020:

"Alison, Bill, Hugh, & extended family, My heart is breaking for you and I am keeping you in my thoughts & sending you my love. Mae was a sweet, smart, talented kid. I am so glad I got to teach her dance & theater. Love, Miss Amy"

Amber Pedersen wrote on Sep 12, 2020:

"I only knew your daughter in passing as we walk by your house often and have seen her at the park as well over the last four years. We?ve exchanged friendly hellos and smiles and I?ve heard her laughter as her friends as they played in your front yard. Our hearts are with you as you grieve the loss of your daughter. "

Marsha Duke wrote on Sep 12, 2020:

"Oh, Allison our hearts are breaking for you and for Mae?s Dad, brother, grandparents and extended family. We loved you as you grew up and can only imagine the pain you all feel at the loss of your delightful daughter. May you find comfort in the love of your family and friends and in your dear sweet memories. Marsha and Ellery Duke"

Sariah Brendeland wrote on Sep 12, 2020:

"Mae was such a good friend to Callie & so many others. She will be deeply missed"

Todd Moomaw wrote on Sep 12, 2020:

"I am so sorry for your loss. "