Elizabeth “Betty” Hazel Markovich passed away on Monday, February 25, 2013, at her residence with her family by her side. She was born May 17, 1937 in Galveston and was a lifelong resident of the island. Betty was of the Serbian Orthodox faith and was a member of Saints Constantine and Helen Serbian Orthodox Church. She retired from Southwestern Bell with 37 years of service, where she was a very dedicated and appreciated employee throughout her career. Betty enjoyed spending time with her family and friends but her most cherished days were those spent with the two loves of her life, her grandchildren, with whom she enjoyed reading and playing games. Betty was a very loving person and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Betty was preceded in death by her father, Smith Hartley, Sr.; mother, Nora Hartley; and brother, Smith Hartley, Jr.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Marko Markovich, Sr.; daughter, Melanie Markovich; sons, Marko Markovich, Jr. and wife, Tina; and Michael Markovich and wife, Michelle, and sons John and Vincent Mangogna; sisters, Sue Willis and husband, Alfred; and Faye Trevino and husband, Jose; sister-in-law, Ernestine Hartley; brothers, JC Hartley and wife, Carol; and Harry Hartley and wife, Judy; grandchildren, Makenzie Markovich and Marko Markovich, III; best friends, Dolores Rubio and Rita Quinn; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Betty’s family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm, Thursday, February 28th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A Pomen service will begin at 6:30 pm.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, Friday, March 1st, at Saints Constantine and Helen Serbian Orthodox Church with Father Serge Veselinovich officiating. Burial will follow the service at the Serbian Orthodox Cemetery in Galveston.
Pallbearers will be Patrick Mullins, Raymond Rubio, Rod Whitehurst, Taylor Whitehurst, Juan Trevino, Andrew Willis, and Seth Willis.
Honorary pallbearers will be JC Hartley, Harry Hartley, Dylan Whitehurst, Jose Trevino, and Alfred Willis.
Betty’s family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to Rose Henry, Sue Willis, Faye Trevino, and the Hospice Care Team, Inc. for the loving care they provided for Betty during her final days.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Saints Constantine and Helen Serbian Orthodox Church, 4109 Avenue L, Galveston, TX 77550.