Shelby Rae Kovack

SAND COULEE - Shelby Rae Kovack, 17, of Sand Coulee, died Thursday, August 2, in a vehicle rollover north of Centerville.

A roadside memorial was held by her friends and family on Friday, August 3 honoring her life and friendships. Services are 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Centerville School gymnasium. Burial to follow in Highland Cemetery. There will be a viewing from 12-5 p.m. Tuesday at Croxford Funeral Home. Croxford Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Shelby was born November 25, 1994 to Robert and Connie (Darko) Kovack in Great Falls. She attended Centerville School, where she would have completed her senior year in 2013. She was a very motivated student academically and had completed enough online courses to start college as a sophomore. She planned on entering the Radiology program at MSU Bozeman. While attending Centerville High, Shelby was an extremely active and involved student. She participated in basketball, volleyball, student council and Close-Up. She served as captain on her sporting teams and was considered a leader by all who participated with her. She was an active member of student government and worked to make her school a better place. Also, Shelby was busy outside of school and played co-ed softball and kept busy with her family and friends.

In addition to her academic activities, Shelby worked both during the school year and summertime. She especially enjoyed working at The Lodge, where she had an opportunity to spread her good nature and care giving qualities to those in need. She was always concerned with others around her, which made her loved by all who had the good fortune of knowing her. Recently, Shelby worked at "Wild Out West" in the mall where she was able to engage in a few of her favorite hobbies, including shopping and wearing bling. Spending time with her family and friends was very important to her; she particularly liked camping, boating and hanging out at the lake.

Although small in stature, her heart was huge, which was only matched by her beautiful smile and amazing personality. Shelby was truly an angel and will be missed by all. Shelby, Mommy and Daddy love you very much and you will be in our hearts forever. Love you, Chubbs.

She is survived by her parents; grandmother Darlene Kovack and grandfather Thomas Darko; sister Katelyn Green; brother David Green (Kalynn); niece Kimber; uncles Gary Kovack, Tom Darko and Pat Darko (Geri Lynne); cousins Kaci and Karson; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather Bob Kovack and grandpa Bob Vulles; uncle Rodney Kovack; and great-grandparents Art and Sis Freeman.

Donations can be sent to Centerville School and will be placed into a scholarship fund in Shelby's name.

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Aug. 5, 2012