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Molly E. Mortell

October 18, 1954 - June 19, 2017
Sunset View Mortuary
Saturday 6/24, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Point Richmond, CA / Madison, WI – Molly E. Mortell, age 62, passed away in her sleep at her home in Point Richmond, CA on June 19 after a determined fight with cancer. Molly was born October 18, 1954 in Oshkosh, WI, the second child of William P. and Kathleen Roe Mortell. She grew upContinue Reading

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Lucy Jones left a message on June 24, 2017:
I met Molly through Ceci years before I met her in person last October. When I drove across country and visited for a few days, unbeknownst to me, Molly gave up her bed and bedroom for me, without a word. "Unflappable" is a good word to describe her. She had a heart of gold, but she didn't advertise it with words about feelings, she just acted from that generosity of spirit. I find it hard to believe she's gone, but believe her life goes on in her sisters, family, friends and Ceci. I'm sure none would be surprised at the welcome she gave to me, few words, just acts of kindness.
Wilma Jean Randle left a message on July 3, 2017:
“Morell” …that was the name I came across the other evening in the book I was reading and it made me think of a dear college friend Molly E. Mortell. Hadn’t thought of her, spoken to (or of her) in such a long time. However, at that moment, the thinking about her was so strong, I did what we can do now thanks to technology, I Googled her name. I was really surprised that her photo came up so quickly, but then I was stopped in my tracks to realize it was attached to an obituary notice. I had to read that several times. Our paths have not crossed in years. We stayed in touch for awhile after graduation from Rosary College (now Dominican University) and then life happened, we made career moves that took us in different directions. We'd 'hear about' the other. Reading the words in this obituary I felt so glad to learn that Molly blossomed exactly as I’d known her to be: open-hearted, generous, kind, the same smile. In the vast arena of life, there are clearly people you meet, lose track of, and you don’t even miss them. I was not in touch with Molly but I always expected our paths would cross again and when they did, there’d be no ‘gaps to close' in the reconnecting. I think that’s what stunned me most, realizing that wasn’t going to happen. Then, looking again at the photo, that smile, that twinkle in those eyes, I had this feeling that maybe it wasn’t a coincidence at all that she'd 'come to mind' and that I was led to this incredible and so sad news, in this amazing way, at that very moment. I send these words to bear witness to our friendship and to her specialness. To all those who are loving and missing and remembering Molly Mortell, my deepest condolences. I will light a candle in her memory at the Cathedral of Notre Dame des Victoires here in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa. –Wilma J.E. Randle
Marcia Bedard left a message on June 24, 2017:
Though I have not met all of you, I hold you in my heart and my prayers. Molly's amazing contributions to the Grail Family Services community is a memorial that will endure for many generations to come, and one with which I am very familiar. Molly brought a dream to life from the hearts and souls of an entire community in that area. Already, she has touched the lives of so many people throughout that community, and they are very grateful to her, as am I. The obituary was beautifully written, and while words cannot capture the vibrant spirit she was in life, it is a wonderful tribute to her, and I understand it was a combined reflection of the thoughts of many who were close to, and loved Molly. While I cannot imagine the grief you feel at this time, I know that through the warmth and friendship that we are sharing here, that burden is somehow made lighter. Much love to all of you, Marcia Bedard
Sunset View Mortuary left a message:
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