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Amalia "Molly" Ibarra

February 16, 1923

June 19, 2014

Amalia "Molly" Ibarra of Reno passed away on June 19th. Born in Reno, Nevada to Paula and Bautista Ibarra, Molly was the second of five children. After graduating from Reno High School, Reno Business College and Armstrong Business School in San Francisco, Molly held a variety of interesting jobs. From the U.S. Office of Price Administration during WWII, to traffic manager for radio station KOH, to McClatchy Broadcasting in Sacramento, Molly was always pursuing a different adventure. In 1947 she accepted a position with the U.S. Foreign Service in Washington DC. The U.S. Foreign Service recognized Molly's potential as an employee and a fluent Spanish speaker and offered her an opportunity to work overseas in Quito, Ecuador. Molly also served the U.S. Foreign Service in Madrid, Spain, and Mexico City. After almost a decade abroad, Molly returned home to Reno and worked for the Agricultural Department Wild Horse Division and the University of Nevada Medical School. Molly was a devoted Catholic and shared her faith through volunteer work at Little Flower Church. She also worked as a volunteer for C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocates) as an advocate for the best interests of children in courtrooms.

Many family members can remember practicing Spanish with Molly as she was a patient and enthusiastic teacher of the language. Molly is survived by her sister Fabiola Jabaut in upstate New York, her sister Beatrice Roth in Reno, NV and many nieces and nephews. Molly will be remembered with fondness every time one of us embarks on a new adventure, especially one involving a new place and a new culture.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church at 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 28th. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to St. Albert's Church in Molly's name.

Our family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Emeritus Seasons Assisted Living and Gentiva Hospice.

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from June 26 to June 27, 2014
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