Molly O'Brien was born Sept. 2, 1954, in Chicago Ill., and in her early 20s she moved to Bozeman, a community she loved deeply. Molly died at home on April 2, 2010.
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Her life-long passion was sharing her love of outdoor recreation with people with disabilities. At Eagle Mount, where she worked for 24 years, she taught adaptive skiing, horseback riding, swimming, and worked with Big Sky Kids. She created a kayaking and fishing program, and at one time served as a director of Eagle Mount's ski program. Molly also brought adaptive skiing to Patagonia, where over a period of seven years, she created a program in the Andes to train instructors and volunteers.
Molly loved the outdoors. She had a 20-year career with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks working seasonally for Montana State Parks as tour guide, camp attendant and caretaker.
Molly is survived by sisters, Bridget Wathen (Ted) of Louisville, Ky., and Kate Horan (Leland Flath) of Hoboken, N.J.; nephews, Gus Wathen (Amy Cook) of Orono, Maine, and Turner Wathen of Stowe, Vt.; and her niece and god-daughter, Martha Horan of Hoboken, N.J.
Molly will be sorely missed by the Bozeman community, her many friends and loving family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leif Babcock Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1803, Bozeman MT 59771.
A potluck gathering to celebrate Molly's life will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, April 9, at Eagle Mount, 6901 Goldenstein Lane, Bozeman. Burial services will be private.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Apr. 7 to Apr. 8, 2010