Molly Aileen Malone passed away on April 20, 2023 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama at the age of 89. Molly was born August 1, 1933 in Inglewood, California to Basil and Aileen Malone. Molly graduated from Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles, California in 1955 with a degree in Elementary Education. Molly had an adventurous spirit with a great love of travel. After teaching at Inglewood Elementary School her first year after graduating college, Molly traveled to Balboa, Panamá to visit her college roommate who was student teaching there. She fell in love with Panamá, the culture, the people, and Molly subsequently was offered a teaching position there. Molly, who readily became bilingual in Spanish, eventually moved into the Canal Zone where she taught first grade at Howard Air Force Base for twenty- three years.
In June 1963, Molly married Charles MacMurray and years later, they adopted a baby son from Costa Rica, Charles (Jorge Malone) of San Diego, California. A few years later, they adopted a baby daughter from Costa Rica, Jerelind Charles of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Molly would tell everyone that adopting her two children was “the best decision she ever made.” Molly was third generation Irish American, through and through. She was sure to instill her Irish-ness into her adopted children by teaching them many all-important philosophies, such as the proper way to make hot tea with loads of cream and sugar, to never ever wear orange on St. Patrick’s Day or ever for that matter, and most importantly, to never play with a Ouija board. Molly instilled a love of learning, reading, getting an education, and the joy of travel to her children. She traveled with her kids to the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panamá, Curaçao, Jamaica, and many adventurous excursions to the Interior of Panamá to see volcanos or black sand beaches. But Molly’s most important attribute was her kindness, which she bestowed on her children and grandchildren. She never met a stranger, spoke to anyone and everyone, while always making everyone feel so welcome. Molly was a generous, kind, and beautiful soul.
Molly was a member of her beloved Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Also, Molly was a Senior Volunteer at DCH Hospital in Tuscaloosa where she had reached more than 4000 volunteer hours in the surgical center. Molly is survived by several nieces and nephews in California, her son Jorge Malone of San Diego, California, her daughter, Jerelind Charles (Randy) of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and her two beloved grandchildren, Wil and Aileen Charles, who love their Grammy very much. A memorial mass will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church at a later date with internment in Holy Spirit Columbarium Gardens. Molly’s family gives heartfelt thanks to Heritage Nursing Care nurses and staff for their kind and gentle care over the years. A grateful thank you to Dr. Coppock and Tiffany Williams for their years of care. Gratitude to Oasis Hospice for their exceptional attention. And a special thank you to Father Deering for all his visits over the years. In lieu of flowers, please consider a charitable donation in Molly’s honor to Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter. https://www.metroanimalshelter.org/donate
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