dob: 22 Jan 1917, Los Angeles CA
dod: 19 Nov 2012, Yuma AZ
Mary James (Haprov) Conovaloff, 95, homemaker, died at her Yuma home.
Mary grew up and went to school in the LA area, where she was active in many Russian youth organizations including the International Institute in Boyle Heights.
In the 1940's she married Alex Luke Conovaloff and moved to her husband's family farm north of Tolleson, Arizona, 15 miles west of Phoenix. With a daughter from a previous marriage, she added 2 sons, and became very active as a homeroom mother in the rural elementary school while her husband served was on the school board of the school he attended in his youth.
She was a den mother for the local cub scouts, and assisted with 4-H and other civic and farm organizations. She and her husband maintained membership in 2 congregations: the "Bolshoi sobrania" in Los Angeles, where her parents attended, and they were active members of their Arizona Prygun congregation, continuing after it merged with the Dukh-i-zhiznik Darachaksii congregation. She was active in the women's club, and he was a good singer.
When her husband, an attorney, arranged the sale and distribution of their farm among all his aprrox. 60 relatives, they planned to retire to Yuma. After buying a lot to build a house at the edge of the city, Alex died suddenly in 1985. Mary and her son Tim continued to move their farm business to Yuma where she lived a more retiring life cheering on her children and grandchildren in their lives and keeping in touch with her extended family and many friends in the Los Angles and Phoenix areas, while enjoying her new life and friends.
Survived by her 1 daughter, Donna (Larry) Taddia; 2 sons, Luke (Elaine Tarnoff) Conovaloff, Timothy (Lola) Conovaloff (div. Christine Steve Efseaff)
Grandchildren, from Tim: Patrick; from Luke: Lara, Cheryl, Joseph
Siblings: 3 living sisters (Sera Popoff (div. Wm.Wm Pete Popoff), Vera Geiger (1st husband died: James Mike Popov), Luba Barackman (div. Eystead, Hagen, 4 kids). 3 died: 2 brothers (John, Jack) and 1 sister (Lydia and husband Mike Nick Haprov).
Parents died: James and Luba (Yakov Bogdanov) Haprov. Her father was a founder and officer of the U.M.C.A.
Close relatives total 100+
Visitation -- Yuma : Friday, November 23, 2012 (10am - 12pm), Johnson Mortuary, 1415 S. 1st Ave, Yuma, AZ, 85364 (phone: 928-782-4384) http://goo.gl/maps/P1v8S
Services -- Los Angeles area : Monday evening, burial Tuesday, November 27 at 1 pm,
Russian Molokan Christian Spiritual Jumpers Cemetery chesovnya (chaple), 7201 E. Slauson Ave., City of Commerce CA (phone: 323-724-3984) http://goo.gl/maps/GJzXl
Please send donations to Hospice of Yuma.