Graveside Service

Thu. Jul. 11, 2019
11:00 am

Houston National Cemetery

10410 Veterans Memorial Drive
Houston , TX 77038.
Thu. Jul. 11, 2019
11:00 am
Houston National Cemetery
10410 Veterans Memorial Drive
Houston , TX 77038.
In Memory of
Gwendolyn Mignon (Brothers) Pope

Gwendolyn Mignon (Brothers) Pope, 93, passed away the morning of July 5, 2019 in Pearland, Texas.   She was born in Paris, Texas on January 10, 1926 to Roy Pantha Brothers & Martha Jane (Maddox) Brothers.  Gwen met the man that she would marry, John William Pope Sr. at Camp Maxey in Lamar County in 1942.  They were blessed to have four children, John William Pope Jr., Gladys Mignon Pope Aden, Lois Ann Pope Haag and Shirley Jean Pope Tinnin.    In 1963 John and Gwen adopted three children Patricia Ann Rajac Pope Miller, David Roy Rajac Pope and Billy Joe Rajac Pope.  John and Gwen raised these children as their own and loved them very much.

Gwendolyn was a very active person who loved everyone that she came in contact.  Gwen was a person always ready for a volleyball game or a game of dominoes and loved watching her favorite sports like baseball and basketball on TV.  She raised her family loving to fish, hunt and play in the river.  Also, she was one that never let anyone go away from her home hungry even when she didn’t have groceries to feed, but she was always able to create a feast on very little.  Later on in her life she was able to do some traveling that she enjoyed so much.  She traveled with the church on trips to Europe, Hawaii, Alaska and Nova Scotia and never turned down a family trip near or far.  Gwen led a full life.

She is preceded in death by her husband, John William Pope Sr; her daughter, Gladys Mignon Pope Aden; brothers, Buddy, Duane, and Tommy Brothers; sisters, Birma Bean, Barbara Ann Faucet, and Dorothy Jean Rajac; and her parents.
She is survived by her sons, John William Pope Jr. & wife Sharon, Roy David Pope, and Billy Joe Pope; daughters, Lois Ann Haag & husband James, Shirley Tinnin & husband Kenneth Dale, and Patricia Ann Miller; her son-in-law, Alfred Aden; sisters, Emma Lois Westbrook and Sharon Diane Lynch; grandchildren, Barry Haag & wife Kristi, Johnny Aden & wife Sheila, Brenda Haag Graham & husband Chris, Steven Aden & wife April, Michael Tinnin & wife Annie, Darrell Aden, Robert Tinnin & wife Amanda, Mark Miller Jr, and Misti Miller; and many great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Interment will be at the Houston National Cemetery on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 11:00 A.M.   Those wishing to attend should arrive at 10:45 A.M. and line up their cars in Lane #1.   The cemetery personnel will lead us to our assigned location precisely at 11:00 A.M.

Please sign the on line guestbook and/or post a tribute to let the family know you were here thinking of them.


Charitable Donations may be made to:

Alzheimer's Association
Alzheimer's Association National Office, Chicago, IL 60601. Website Link

Sign Guestbook

Barry & Kristi Haag

Daren L Faucett

Always loved, Always Remembered

Gary & Sharon Lynch

Love you forever Lois Ann and Jimmy Hasg

With love, Marcel and Linda C. Elissalde

Ron Brothers

Billy Westbrooks

Emma Lois Westbrooks

Rosie G. Sanchez

Johnny & Sheila Aden Love You Granny


Sandra and John Longinotti

Brenda, Chris, Bradley, and Stephen Graham We love you GranniePope.

Linda Collins

Johnny, Sheila, Matthew & Ryan Aden

Al Aden


Message from
Marcel and Linda C. (ANT) Elissalde
Sat, 07/06/2019

Oh behalf of Marcel and myself, we send heartfelt prayers to the Pope family. Mrs. Pope was always a delight. I enjoyed her humor, her caring and her welcoming spirit. She always made me feel as if I were a part of her family. I will miss her, as I am sure so many will. However, I am glad to know that Gwen is at her new home in Heaven where she can be with those she loved who went before her.
We send our love to Sharon and John with gratitude for introducing us to this remarkable lady.

Message from
Ron Brothers
Sat, 07/06/2019

There was no family reunion in Powderly, Texas without Gwendolyn Mignon Brothers Pope. She brought a wonderful smile and a wonderful time to share with all who came. She was sometimes modest and sometimes outgoing. Playing 42 dominoes with her was a genuine treat. Putting her together with her mother Martha Jane Maddox Brothers and her siblings, Birmah, Duane, Thomas, Buddy (Bennie Royce), Emma Lois, Barbara Ann and Sharon was a show of it’s own. They had so many good memories together having grown up in one of the worst economic times in the history of the United States. During her childhood her family moved as share croppers from one farm to another in the Powderly area of Lamar County, Texas trying to find just the right place to lay down roots and farm for themselves where they could keep all the food they had grown for their own family. She learned how to prepare the bounty of vegetables from a growing season in order that her family of nine brothers and sisters would have food for the cold winter months of Northeast Texas.
She was the last of the World War II brides in the Brothers family. Along with her sisters Birmah and Dorothy Jean they had hand picked their boy friends from the thousands of soldiers training at Camp Maxey just yards from their home. She slept at night with the sound of cannon and gun fire as the troops trained for World War II. Like all young girls she yearned to get away from the farm and start a family of her own and on the way to church one day she found a soldier standing guard at one of the gates to the camp who would become her husband, John William Pope. They would later move to his home in Georgia and have four children: Gladys Mignon, John William Jr., Lois Ann and Shirley Jean. Though she did not serve in any capacity for the war effort she was still a part of “The Greatest Generation” of Americans.
In 1964 tragedy stuck the Brothers family with the death of her sister Dorothy Jean Rajac. Dorothy had three small children: Patricia Ann, age 9, Roy David, 5, and Billy Joe, age 2. John insisted that he and Gwen adopt them as their own and they did, raising them until they also were ready to go out on there own. For this Gwen earned an extra special set of wings for her eternal glory.
Now we mourn for her loss, but her pain is over for all eternity. She is reunited with her daughter Gladys who preceded her in death in 1999 and all her brothers and sisters who have gone on to be with our Lord Jesus Christ. No doubt she sits at a card table playing 42 as we celebrate her many decades of love and life. For her children, know that the times with you that were hard are all forgiven and all she will remember are the good times she had with you as her close and wonderful family.
I loved you Gwen, with all my heart and soul and will greatly miss you. May God bless your family.

Message from
Sandra Longinotti
Tue, 07/09/2019

There are so many beautiful things about Gwen I can write but I would be on this site all day writing so the one thing I most lover her for is for adopting my sister Patricia Rajac Pope Miller, my brothers David Rajac Pope, and Billy Rajac Pope. When our parents died I was consumed with fear that these three little ones would go to an orphanage, having been in one myself for 3 or 4 days I knew this was not the fate they deserved and just in time as my parents were being buried I found out Gwen was going to adopt my sister and two brothers and tears of happiness flowed. How many people would do that when she already gave birth to four biological children. She is one special lady and I will miss her dearly. I love you Gwen and I know you are up there doing all the things Ronny Brothers said you are doing.

Message from
Elesia Lillard
Thu, 07/11/2019

Prayers and deep heart felt love to Shirley and all the families. So sorry for your loss.