Elaine Jean (Domingo) Cleary, a proud BOI, was born August 12, 1925, to Archie and Dottie (Moss) Domingo. Elaine was a “center-of-the-island, city girl” who met the love of her life during their Ball High School days when she met BOI country boy, Daniel M. (Bubba) Cleary, from Galveston’s West End. Bubba gave his city girl a true country introduction with his horse, Spot, who would lie down on command. The command was given in the middle of a pond with Elaine and Spot lying in the water. This led to true love and eventually a seventy-year marriage until Bubba’s death in 2013.
Elaine was a devoted mother to her four children – Danny Cleary of Brenham, Dr. Donald Cleary and wife, Carleen, of Iola, TX, Judith Cleary Osting (deceased), and Debbie Cleary Riehl and husband, Tommy, of Santa Fe, TX. As her life progressed, Elaine became “Granny” to her grandchildren and great grandchildren – DJ Cleary and wife, Fanchen, and children Sutton and Tess; Jennifer Cleary; Misty Milner; Brad Burden; Adrienne Lewis and husband, Daniel; Jade and Dylan Burden; Bryan, David, Robert, Savannah, Stone, and Tommy Riehl, Jr. She was aunt to Joe Dan Paciotti, Mary Nell Obenauf, and Cathy Forester.
Granny enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening, reading, working crossword puzzles, and playing with all her grandchildren.
Twilight came to Elaine’s life the last four years, as she became blind and lived at the Oak Haven Assisted Living in Industry, TX. Finally, darkness came to this life on October 4, 2017, as she was called to her eternally bright home in Heaven at the age of 92.
Elaine’s family will receive visitors from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, Sunday, October 8, 2017, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be 10:00 am, Monday, October 9, 2017, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home with burial following at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.
Serving as pallbearers are DJ Cleary, Jr., David Riehl, Robert Riehl, Bryan Riehl, Dylan Burden, Bradley Burden and Gary McFarland. Honorary pallbearers will be Manuel Betancourt, Andrew Sanchez, Stone Riehl, and Dennis Osting.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Galveston Island Meals on Wheels, the Galveston Island Humane Society, or a charity of your choice.