Delores Elaine Popovich, 62 passed away Saturday, October 4, 2008 at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Delores was born January 9, 1946 in Tyler, Texas to Henry Lee and Ruby Mae Rushing.
Delores and her family moved to Galveston when she was six years old. She attended public schools. She later married the father of her three children, Tripo Popovich. Together, they enjoyed being members of the Galveston Isle-a-Manders Square Dance Club. Although they would eventually divorce, they remained on excellent terms throughout their lives and throughout their children’s lives. Delores was extremely involved in all of the many activities her children participated in. She never missed a baseball or football game, dance recital, school function, etc. Delores was never short on motivation and encouragement toward her children to become the best they could be at everything. Her children have always been grateful for the sacrifices she and their father made so they could have all the opportunities they did growing up.
Delores was an employee of the United States Postal Service and served in several capacities in the almost thirty years she worked there. She enjoyed working at the Post Office, along with the many wonderful friends she made throughout the years. Delores was a member and officer of the United States Postal Union where she spent countless years advocating for the rights of fellow employees. Delores had many hobbies, including playing bingo and at one point, becoming a champion dart player. Delores will be mainly remembered for her love of all animals. She dedicated a large part of her life to caring for, and finding homes for the countless number of unwanted and lost animals in our community. Her heart was enormous and filled with love for all whom crossed her path.
Preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jim Rushing; and son-in-law, John McEldowney. Delores will be missed greatly by her son, Shawn Popovich and wife, Kitty; daughter, Stephanie Beall and husband, Henry III; and daughter, Cynthia McEldowney. In addition, Delores is survived by her loving grandchildren, Sabina and Haley Popovich and Jeremy and Sari Beall. Delores will also be missed by her sisters, Joyce Yowell and Norma Popovich, as well as numerous nieces and nephews; and best friends, Dana Galbreath and Ella Falkenberg.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 7, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Constantine and Helen Serbian Orthodox Church, 4109 Avenue L, with a brief service immediately following. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 8, at 10:00 a.m. back at the Serbian Orthodox Church with Father Serjan Veselinovich officiating. Graveside services will be held immediately following at the Serbian Orthodox Cemetery on 61st Street in Galveston.
Arrangements are being made through Malloy & Son Funeral Home, 763-2475.
Pallbearers include Henry Beall III, Thomas Goodson, Nick Kovich, Mimo Milosevich, Ronnie Palmer, and Bryan Parsons.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center or the charity of your choice.