Elaine Jean (Domingo) Cleary

August 12, 1925 - October 4, 2017
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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.

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, October 8, 2017

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Service Information

Date: Monday, October 9, 2017

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, October 9, 2017

Time: 11:45 am

Galveston Memorial Park


7301 Memorial Drive
Hitchcock, TX 77563

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Donation Information

Galveston Island Humane Society

Phone: 409.740.1919

6814 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77554
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Born: August 12, 1925
February 10, 1934
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Died: October 4, 2017

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Carol (Young) Hance posted on 10/12/17

Donny and Danny, I just saw the obit for your Mother. I am saddened but know that she is in heaven with your dad and very happy. I enjoyed seeing your dad and mother when Aunt Bea lived in the apartments by them. Your dad always gave me a hard time and I loved it. And your mom was such a sweet woman. I know she will be missed. My prayers are with your families. Love you all, Carol


Janet Hart posted on 10/11/17

Godspeed to your Mother Don and family, I'm sorry for your loss.


Robin Rohde posted on 10/9/17

My condolences, love and prayers to the Cleary family. I have many fond memories of them both when I was a child. Mrs. clearly was one of the sweetest, most kind women I ever met. May you rest peacefully, Elaine.


Edward Jalufka posted on 10/9/17

sorry about the loss of your Mom,your ole down the island friend Carolyn EJJaluyfka


Rhonda Fleming-Daly posted on 10/8/17

I am the 3rd Daughter of Steamboat Fleming and Joyce Fleming. Our deepest condolences to the loss of your Mom and your Dad years ago. They are joined together again in Heaven. May you find Peace in this. Love, Rhonda Fleming-Daly


glenda guerra posted on 10/8/17

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time .


John W. Hamilton posted on 10/7/17

I remember your mother's smile and laugh that always made me feel so welcome on our frequent visits to your home on Heards Lane and the 7 mile road, even though I was very young then. Your Mother and Father were such good friends to my parents and taught them so much about the care of farm animals. So sorry for your loss.


Debbie Popovich posted on 10/7/17

On behalf of our family, our deepest condolences are being sent to you and yours for the loss of your family matriarch, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother . Mrs. Cleary was the sweetest person we've ever known. May she Rest In Peace. Daniel & Debbie Popovich and family.


Gary Michael posted on 10/6/17

DASH POEM I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of his friend. He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning...to the end. He noted that first came the date of her birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years. For that dash represents all the time that she spent alive on earth… and now only those who loved her know what that little line is worth. For it matters not, how much we own; the cars…the house…the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash. So think about this long and hard… are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left. That can still be rearranged If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real, and always try to understand the way other people feel. And be less quick to anger, and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before. If we treat each other with respect, and more often wear a smile… remembering that this special dash might only last a little while. So, when your eulogy’s being read with your life’s actions to rehash... would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash? by Linda Ellis


Doris Courteau posted on 10/6/17

Chocolate cake for breakfast. Horseback riding on the beach. Warm hugs and quick smiles.


Mike Horton posted on 10/6/17

Dear Donnie, Danny, and Debbie. My prayers are with you and all the Cleary/ Riehl family members at this time. I only wish I could be there for the funeral service but you know I will be in spirit. I know she is at peace and I know that you will see her again someday. (John 3:16) I send my condolences and love to you all. Mike Horton


Elsie McCauley Gravitt posted on 10/6/17

I am so sorry for your loss. Be assure that there is a new Angel in Heaven today. May God be with the family through this time of pain, as time goes on the pain will ease but the love and memories will still be there. My thoughts are with you.


Cindy ryan posted on 10/6/17

My love goes out to all of y'all my dearest family!! ALWAYS in my thoughts and prayers!!we have lost so many of our loved and truly missed family through out these past few yrs. Now They Are all together talking off the old times growing up on the island.