Molly Claire Audap Dyar July 31, 1944 - September 22, 2012 Molly was born on July 31, 1944 in Bakers¿eld, CA to Josephine and Michel Audap, and passed away on September 22, 2012, her 51st wedding anniversary. Molly is survived by her husband, Mickey; her son Mark (Julie and daughters Hannah, Ellen, and Claire) of Juneau, AK; and her daughter Suzanne Bledsoe (Sam and children Sally, Ava, and Logan) of Dinuba, CA. She also leaves her mother Josephine Audap of Delano, sisters Susan (Dick) of Oakland, Patrice of Cupertino, Marthe Shallies (Bill) of Juneau, AK; brothers Louis (Jackie) of Juneau, AK; Pete (Denise), Steven (Debbie), and John all of Bakers¿eld, and Andy of Palmer, AK; her brothers-in-law Don Dyar, Bruce Dyar, and David Dyar and their families, and many nieces and nephews. Molly didn't go to kindergarten- her dad maintained she'd get a start on education living on their remote Goose Lake-area farm - but attended schools in Wasco and Delano. In high school she was active in student affairs, academics, and was an excellent artist, a talent which she used throughout her life to produce beautiful pieces for her family's enjoyment. She also was a great help to her mother in raising the many younger brothers and sisters in the family, displaying - according to her mother - great talent and patience for the hairdressing of her little sisters! Molly and Mickey were married on September 22, 1961 and lived in Delano and Bakers¿eld until moving to Juneau, AK in 1967, where she lived most of her adult life. She worked for J.C. Penney as a manager, and also for the State of Alaska from which she retired in 2009. She was very involved with the state Homebuilder's Association, and enjoyed numerous trips to Mazatlan with friends to get a little sun and warmth during the long Alaskan winters. Molly was an enthusiastic and loving cheerleader and advocate for her children, grandchildren, brothers, and sisters and was always so very proud of all their achievements. She was always there to lend encouragement and support whether in good times or a rough patch in life. Her family was the most important thing in her life, and she took special pride in her grandchildren and loved her role as "Nonna." A special activity for Molly was to accompany her sister Marthe on "bear drives" around Juneau to spot the local bruins around the area. She and Mickey established a tradition of family members coming up to visit Juneau "for the summer" which in many cases turned into a lifetime of living in the 49th state. They were so very generous with their time and love to all and took great pleasure in showing off the beautiful sights of the area, not to mention the wonderful ¿shing. Molly could do up a mean fresh salmon on the galley stove when the occasion demanded! She also enjoyed classical and opera music, and of course, as be¿tting her generation, the music of Elvis! While all of Molly's family and friends grieve at her passing, we take comfort in knowing that she is at peace and has been reunited with her father, her two baby sisters, and Mickey's parents. Her family requests that donations be made in Molly's name to the
. Celebration of life/Reception will be held on Sunday, November 4 at 2:30 p.m. at The Moose Lodge.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Nov. 2 to Dec. 2, 2012