Dorothy Lee Masculine Marabella, born January 10, 1923, died at home on Sunday, February 3, 2008 in Galveston, Texas after a life full of love for her God, her husband, her children and her community.
Dorothy Lee Masculine was a lifelong resident of Galveston and very proud to be BOI. She was the daughter of Captain Willie and Mary Ellen Masculine. She had two brothers, George and William, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her sister-in-law Flossie and her cherished childhood friend Madalyn Broussard. Dorothy graduated from Dominican High School in 1941 and was active in the alumni association until her death. Dorothy married Nuncio Marabella on June 15, 1948. She leaves her beloved, “Nunie,” to join her Creator after almost sixty years of devoted marriage. Dorothy was “Momma” to six children, four children-in-law, and nine grandchildren.
She is survived by daughter, Mary Anne Hopkins, and son-in-law, Bill Hopkins; daughter, Madalyn Marabella, and son-in-law, Victor Lombeida; son, Billy Marabella; daughter, Anna Marabella; son, Albert Marabella, and daughter-in-law, Beth Blackerby; and daughter, Dottie Gonzalez, and son-in-law, Juan Carlos Gonzalez. Always the doting grandma, Dorothy loved her precious grandchildren: Amy and Ryan Hopkins, Patrick , Anna Cristina, and Tony Lombeida, Madalyn and Mae Ellen Marabella, and Kelly and Andy Gonzalez. Dorothy also leaves many beloved nieces and nephews and countless friends and acquaintances after 85 years on the island. Pallbearers for Mrs. Marabella’s funeral services will be Andy Gonzalez, Ryan Hopkins, Patrick Lombeida, Tony Lombeida, nephew Frank Marabella, and good family friend Robert Mihovil.
Funeral services for Mrs. Marabella will be conducted by Malloy and Son Funeral Directors of Galveston. Visitation will be Wednesday beginning at 5:00 p.m., followed by a recitation of the Holy Rosary, one of Dorothy’s fondest devotions, at 6:30 p.m. at Malloy and Son Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated in Dorothy’s honor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Galveston on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. She will be buried at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Galveston.
The family would like to thank Claudia and Mackenzie Koch, Hospice Care Team, and especially Rose Padilla, our mom’s angel on earth.
Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Church or The Dominican Sisters of Houston Retired Sisters Fund, 6501 Almeda Rd., Houston, TX 77021.