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Molly Mackenzie Hightower March 29, 1987 - January 12, 2010 Our darling Molly was tragically taken from us by the Haitian earthquake doing the thing she loved the most - helping and caring for disabled children. Molly was born in 1987 and lived in Pacific until 1994, when the family moved to Port Orchard. She graduated from Bellarmine Prep, where she participated in cross-country and fastpitch softball, playing catcher. She was a talented flautist. Molly attended the University of Portland, studying abroad in Paris one summer. She graduated in May 2009 with a triple major, French, Sociology and Psychology. In her 22 years on this earth, Molly accomplished more than most people do in a lifetime. She loved traveling and visited Las Vegas, Disneyland, New York, Paris, Rome, and London. Yet, most of all, Molly wanted to make a difference in children's lives. She made the decision to volunteer in Haiti, working with abandoned and disabled children. This was her passion. Molly will forever remain in the hearts of her family and those who were touched by her friendship and compassion. She is survived by her parents Mike and Mary of Port Orchard, her beautiful siblings, sister Jordan and brothers Zach and Sean, who she loved with all of her heart, grandparents John and Annette Hightower of Renton, and Barney Barkshire of Gig Harbor, aunts and uncles Paul and Margot Hightower of Federal Way, Therese Hightower of San Francisco, Christina and Mark Zimmerman of Rosburg, Craig Hightower S.J. of Spokane, Jeff and Kiko Hightower of Chinook, Jerry Barkshire of Olalla, Pam and Mick Deines of Gig Harbor, great aunts and uncles Earl Zuelke of Helena, Rev. Lee Hightower of Lakewood, Marshall Lewis of Seattle, Art and Mary Fran Barkshire of Seattle, and Marie O'Neill of Tri-Cities, cousins Matt, Meg, Katie, Dominique, Meghan, Travis, Ali, Brady, Nicholas, Olivia, Isabel, Broghan, Hailey, Mick and Jake. Molly will forever remain in the hearts of her family, friends and those who were touched by her compassion and dedication for children. May her life be an inspiration to volunteer and make a difference in our World. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 11:00am at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Lakewood. Memorial donations can be made to Molly's Passion, the children. Please leave online condolences at Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.

Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Jan. 19, 2010.
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January 29, 2010
Most of us walk through life pondering what we might do to help those around us. Molly was so special and unique - she took her dreams of helping others in need and made them a reality. Heaven's lights are brighter - God has a special place there for those who love children like He does. Our thoughts are with you, dear Hightower family. May God comfort you in knowing the joy your precious daughter brought to so many.
Diane Simpson
January 27, 2010
Hi my name is Kilee Sofich I am 11 years old and go to petersen elementry.We are so sorry to hear about Molly.We wish we could do so much more.I am in Ms.Scott's class and we are in the middle of 50 day's of servis.Another thing we are doing is we are doing a big servis projectfor every term and last term we raised ove 1,000 dollars for schools in Afganistan now we are raising money for Haiti and we have raised about $750.00.We are verry pround and happy for what we are doing. We feel we can make a big change. We are called team misquido.We are thinking about you.

lov,Kilee Sofich
kilee sofich
January 25, 2010
Hello Hightowers,
We are so sorry about what happened. We have exchanged Xmas cards and it has been so wonderful to see how the kids have grown. I lost my address book a couple of years ago and we were also overwhelmed with our busy lives and did not get xmas cards out. But we so enjoyed getting yours. You are such a great family! When we lived in Washington I do not know why we did not get together more. Although it was a very hectic time for us with Daniel in Residency and myself giving birth to our last 2 there in Washington. If there is anything we can do, let us know. Our children would love to be in communication with their cousins.
We love you all.
Karen, Daniel, Lauren, Heather, Elisha, and Evan Hightower
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Karen HIghtower
January 25, 2010
Dearest Molly;

Though many say ‘You lost your life in Haiti’, I choose to Honor your gifts to others by saying ‘Molly FOUND her life in Haiti’ God is with you … as he always was. Peace, my dear.
Rod Cunningham
January 24, 2010
Thanks for raising such a wonderful young woman who was helping "the poorest of the poor!" Her life has insprired thousands of people to do more and to give more. Fr Kramus,at the last 2 Sat evening Masses at Sacred Heart in Lacey spoke of Molly and last night the majority of the homily was about Molly, he read parts of her blog. The most touching article of all to me was the one written by Deb Mylander in Oregon @AgeofAutism Tweets, Facebook. May you somehow feel her presence and love of you from Heaven above where Jesus and Mary welcomed her with open arms.
Kathleen Cannon
January 24, 2010
I am so sorry about the loss of your daughter. I feel so sad, and so hurt..for you, and for the indescribable suffering of the Haitian people. Please pray..for Haiti and for all who are trying to help....for Molly's family, her friends, and for me..I need God in my life...I need to know his presence.
Joe F
January 21, 2010
Mike and Mary,
You may not remember me Mary, but we taught together at Bellingham Child Care Center in 1984 or so... As soon as I heard the tragic news about Molly, I wondered if it was indeed the same Hightower family I knew so briefly in Bellingham.
I am so very sorry for your unimaginable loss.
It does not surprise me that Molly would have a passion for working with children--she got that from her parents.
Your and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you,
Mary-Pat Soukup
Seattle, WA
Mary-Pat Soukup
January 20, 2010
as a bellarmine alum, i am so proud of molly, we are all better for when she was here and we are all better for her example of how to be here! rest in peace molly, you have accomplished even more than you ever expected!
January 20, 2010
God had a purpose for her, and she must be very happy with Him in Heaven. May God Bless you and your family and give you peace.
Joan Lauren
January 20, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Gary Oren
January 20, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Gary Oren
January 20, 2010
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who knew and loved Molly. I never had the pleasure of meeting her, but her story has touched me in a way that few ever have. She was so dedicated to loving and caring for the poorest of the poor and to me she is a shining example of the true meaning of what being a lover and follower of Jesus truly is! I will carry this thought with me always and pray that I too can be a light in this world in the way that Molly's life so exemplifies!
Anne Chambers
January 20, 2010
Molly's hopes and inspirations for life will live on through each of us! God Bless! The Aplass Family
Kenica Aplass
January 20, 2010
Mike and Mary,

May God bless and keep you and hold you in the very hollow of His mighty hand at this time.

I believe we are distant relatives, Mike, and this causes me to experience more empathy for you, and appreciation for the work which Molly accomplished.
William McDonald
January 20, 2010
Molly was such an encourager of faith. I only knew her briefly at Bellarmine, but she impacted my life deeply. My heart is breaking for her family at this time and I pray that God is with them during this time of deep sorrow.

heaven a is bit heavier today.

Godspeed beautiful girl.
Johanna Shafer
January 20, 2010
I knew Molly and Mary when I did volunteer work at Burley Elem, Port Orchard. Molly & Audrey were classmates and Michael remembers her and her brothers by riding the same bus to and from school. Our thoughts and prayers goes out to all her family. God bless,
Robert & Maria Daugherty
January 20, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
The Haggard Family
January 20, 2010
Mary and family, I was so saddened to hear of your loss and want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sheri Healy-Sloan
January 20, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

The Theurer Family
January 19, 2010
I did not have the pleasure of knowing Molly, but have this beatiful vision of her rounding up the little angels of heaven.....prayers of peace and comfort for Molly's family and friends.
Terri Vinson
January 19, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with Molly, the Hightower family. her friends and those she touched in her life....especially in Haiti. She died doing the Lord's work and there is no higher calling.

God Bless
Don & Jeri Brunell
January 19, 2010
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
V Young
January 19, 2010
the hightower family lost a very lovley daughter.but heaven got a big angel..may god bless your family...
laura sportsman
January 19, 2010
I did not know Molly, but the life she lead showed me that the gates of heaven opened up wide when she got there, I am praying for the Hightower family. God Bless
Evangelene Terry
January 19, 2010
What a beautiful and talented young lady. And what a loss to her loved ones, and indeed to the world.

And the world's loss in this case is truly heaven's gain. For indeed she was a true follower of the Christ, and is with Him in God's kingdom. Perhaps He has set her in charge of the little ones who accompanied her to His kingdom that dreadful day.

I wish I had the opportunity to meet her, and to know her in this life...but I take comfort in the belief that I will know her in eternity.

Till that time, and until we meet...I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to her Molly's family, and to her friends.
Janice Gordon
January 19, 2010
Molly was such an inspiration to all students. She lead by example and lived life to the fullest! She will forever be an amazing role model.
anonymous anonymous
January 19, 2010
Molly's story has surely touched millions of hearts and inspired people to carry on her ministry and life mission. I never knew her, but I will never forget her.
Jaynie Jones
January 19, 2010
Dear Molly,

You were truly an angel here on earth. There is a hole in our hearts where you touched ours. May peace and healing surround your family and those left behind.
Kristi Green
January 19, 2010
Mary, this is Leslie Mendiola from Decatur. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this painful time. Molly was a wonderful girl and a blessing to so many. How proud you must be.
Leslie Larson
January 19, 2010
Mike, Mary and Family,

No person or experience will ever replace the happy days and love Molly gave you. We hope it will be of some comfort to know that you gave her all the love and care possible and that your many friends and family share your sorrow.

May the love that surrounds you be a source of comfort at this time.

Our love and support,
Bernie and Kris
January 19, 2010
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