GRAND ISLAND — Mary Jane Molle, 66, of Grand Island died Sunday, June 9, 2019, at her home.

A celebration of life will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Ord First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Stefanie Hayes officiating. A luncheon will follow. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at Grand Island City Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday with sharing of memories at 6 p.m. at the church. Attendees may dress casually in something pink, red Nebraska Cornhusker/Ord Chants gear, Kansas City Royals apparel or Team Miss Molle shirts.

Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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She earned her special wings at her Grand Island home with her family and friends by her side.

Mary was born Oct. 8, 1952, in Chappell to Robert and Norma Jean (Crawford) Molle. She was the youngest of three girls. Mary attended Chappell Elementary for grades K-8 before moving to Grand Island in 1965.

She graduated from Grand Island Senior High in 1970 and attended Hesston College for one year, working on her general education requirements. Mary transferred to Wayne State College to major in elementary education. It was here where Mary met some of her lifelong friends and became a member of The International Order of Turtles. She graduated with her teaching degree in 1975.

Mary began her teaching career in Stratton, teaching second grade from 1975 to 1980. Yearning to be closer to family, Mary applied for the third-grade elementary position in Ord, where she taught from 1980 until she retired in 2009.

Students remember her as the teacher with a contagious laugh and smile, who gave the best hugs, and often showered them with unconditional love and support, as well as Hershey’s chocolate Kisses. Mary made each one of her students feel special and made sure to end the day with a hug and an “I love you.”

Mary was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir for many years. Some of her hobbies included cheering on the Husker and Kansas City Royals, attending Ord Chants school activities and sports, bowling and traveling. Her favorite vacation spot was Panama City Beach, Fla.

Miss Mary Molle will be remembered as a selfless and caring individual, who was a friend to all, who demonstrated extreme faith and positivity throughout her life, and was a devoted educator.

Mary is survived by her parents, Robert Molle of Phillips, Norma Jean Molle of Mission, Kan., and Bonnie Molle of Dalton, Ga.; her four sisters, Sharolyn Molle of Mission, Pamela (Molle) Hervert (Don) of Ravenna, Chris (Molle) Williams (Joel) of Dalton, Ga., and Kathy Mares of Schuyler; and many family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her special cousin, Carla Ann (Molle) Wolfe; grandparents, Ralph and Minnie Crawford, Elmer and Ethel Molle and Albert and Marjorie (Da) Sorensen; aunts and uncles, Donald Molle, JC and Leila (Crawford) Gleason, Walt and Virgina (Molle) Pounds and Patricia (Paul) Crawford; cousins, Rich Pounds, and David Pounds; and four great-grandparents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Ord First United Methodist Church, Ord Public Schools or colon cancer research.

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