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August 6, 1920 - April 26, 2016 PIER, Mollie Abzug, born August 6, 1920 in Brooklyn, NY, died April 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA. She is predeceased by her husband David and sons Nathaniel and Kenneth. She is survived by her son Gerald, daughters-in-law Susan Bennett and Ellen Wheeler, son-in-law Michael Hannaway, and grandchildren Danielle, Elizabeth, David, and Nathan. She married David in 1943, and together they moved to Los Angeles in 1953 and raised Ken, Jerry and Nat. Mollie worked for the LA Unified School District for 25 years as an office manager at several elementary schools before retiring in 1981, and she volunteered her time with the Andrus Gerontology Project at USC, with Elder Wisdom, and with AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Most notably, Mollie was one of the founders of and an active cook for Project Chicken Soup, a non-profit organization that prepares and delivers free nutritious meals to people in the greater Los Angeles area living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other serious illnesses. For more than 25 years, Mollie led a team of cooks in the PCS kitchen and conducted outreach efforts to clients prior to meal deliveries, and she remained active in PCS up until her passing. A committed gay rights activist, Mollie dedicated herself to advocating for marriage equality, talking to youth at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, and supporting the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. Renowned for her cooking and baking skills, Mollie always brought cookies and treats to people close to her and organizations she belonged to. Widowed young, Mollie never stopped learning or involving herself in making the world a better place. She participated in numerous Elder Hostels as a senior, traveled to Israel in her 80s, and stayed active in social media. She was recently featured in a book by Lois Frankel called Ageless Women, Timeless Wisdom. Mollie projected love, dedication, and inspiration to all who came in contact with her, and she will be dearly missed by her family, friends, fellow volunteers, and the community at large. Donations can be made to Project Chicken Soup in Mollie's memory at http://www.projectchickensoup.org/PCSSupport.html). Services will be held at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 1, 2016
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