Molly Lynch

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Molly Lynch’s life came to a peace­ful end on Jan­uary 23, 2019. She died at the age of 81 due to com­pli­ca­tions from lung cancer. Mother of seven, Mema of four­teen, GreatMema of three, sis­ter of three broth­ers and beloved friend to count­less oth­ers, Molly spent her fi­nal months sur­rounded by fam­ily at her home in Long Beach, Cal­i­for­nia.

Born Mary Cather­ine Lynch on April 21st, 1937, to John Pa­trick Lynch and Ellen Mur­ray in Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia. She at­tended St. Mary’s Academy in Los An­ge­les and spent time liv­ing in Davis be­fore set­tling in the South Bay to raise her chil­dren. She grad­u­ated summa cum laude from Cal­i­for­nia State Univer­sity at Dominguez Hills with a de­gree in psy­chol­ogy and en­joyed a suc­cess­ful ca­reer at Pi­o­neer Elec­tron­ics. Never con­tent to fol­low a con­ven­tional path,in 1981 she fol­lowed her en­tre­pre­neur­ial dream and moved to Cam­bria, CA, where she built and op­er­ated the seven-room J. Pa­trick House, a B&B named af­ter her fa­ther. She later be­came the owner-op­er­a­tor of Molly’s Cof­fee House as well as a suc­cess­ful bro­ker at Cold­well Banker. Af­ter 25 years in Cam­bria, she briefly moved to Port­land, then made the move back to the South Bay to be "pestered" by her fam­ily.

Molly vol­un­teered for many causes dur­ing her life, fight­ing for equal­ity for all, for open space, and for a bet­ter planet. She was a trail­blazer who made a dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives, and will be re­mem­bered as a woman of spirit, heart, and hu­mor.

Those of you who knew Molly you won’t be sur­prised to hear that she made de­tailed plans for her own cel­e­bra­tion of life – it will be held in Cam­bria on a date that is still to be de­ter­mined. If you would like to be no­ti­fied once a date is set, please email your con­tact in­for­ma­tion to [email protected] and we will make sure to send you the de­tails.

In lieu of flow­ers, Molly asked that dona­tions be made to Watts Pow­er­house Food (co-founded by her daugh­ter Shan­non Gar­cia-Hamil­ton, who passed in 2014). Watts Pow­er­house is an or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides meals, health, and den­tal care to un­der­priv­i­leged com­mu­ni­ties in Watts, CA, via "Shan­non’s Clinic." If you choose to do­nate, please add "Shan­non’s Clinic" in the note. For more in­for­ma­tion visit: https://www.wattspow­er­house food.org/our-story

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