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Molly Cooper Schroeder

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Molly Cooper Schroeder

Molly Cooper Schroeder

September 24, 1980-December 21, 2019

14,332 days

20,638,080 minutes

The sun is up

The sky is blue

It's beautiful

And so are you

Dear Molly…

(thank you Lennon and McCartney)

As many people have have told us in the past few weeks, there are no words. Or there are no end of words. Our daughter Molly owned an unforgettable smile and an infectious laugh. She was kind, loving, generous, intuitive, wise, and strong. She was always appreciative for everyone and everything she received in her life.

Everybody who knew Molly for even five minutes knew she loved dogs. All dogs. She saved at least two dogs' lives and more than one of her friends say she saved theirs. She loved us and she loved her brother Nick, who was also her lifelong best friend. She loved her children, her Nanee, her therapist Mary, her STEP2 Lighthouse sisters, her sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, teachers, friends, and her good dog, Teddy.

Molly loved performing magic tricks for kids (all she wanted for Christmas was more magic stuff), summers in Graeagle, winters in Mendocino, reading, her crazy 1989 Honda Civic, sushi, Yoda, The Beatles, Ani DiFranco, country music and opera.

Some of the best advice Molly ever got came from a wise man who told her, "Your job is not to please your parents. Your job is to live an ordinary life." She tried so hard to do that.

Molly's work on earth was taking care of dogs and she was very proud of the work she did with the team at Canine Rehabilitation Center and Sanctuary. Her hero was Jane Goodall and because of her, Molly researched and had hopeful plans to volunteer at a primate rescue center in Africa.

She struggled for a long time with depression, alcoholism, trauma, anxiety, and perpetual unresolved dizziness. She was completely let down by the inadequate medical care available under our broken healthcare system. Molly tried every day to find peace in her life, despite the challenges she faced.

Molly successfully climbed many mountains with her father and brother—ranges in the Sierra, the Rubies, the Uintas, and the Wind River. She summited Half Dome, Mount St. Helens, and almost Mount Adams.

She also faced her own personal mountains and she saved herself many times. But something happened in her last week—we do not know what—that caused Molly to take her own precious life. She must have felt such desperation and pain. In one terrible moment, she was gone and all our lives were changed forever. She leaves behind her parents, Jack Schroeder and Lyndi Cooper-Schroeder, her brother Nick, her sisters Mary Sue, DeeDee, and Mo, her children Anthony and Terri, and all her family and friends.

We are thankful to all of you who loved Molly and continue to share your love with us. We are grateful to everybody at STEP2, her counselor Mary, and Molly's own hard work, all of which gave us two more wonderful, sober, fun years with her. It would be a lie to deny the hard times, but the good times way outweighed the bad. We loved living with Molly her last year, and having dinner and conversations together with her almost every night of 2019.

In lieu of flowers, and in Molly's name, donations to STEP2 at 3700 Safe Harbor Way, Reno, NV 89512 and/or Canine Rehabilitation Center and Sanctuary at 555 Old US Highway 395 N, Washoe Valley, NV 89704 are needed and welcomed.

Live and Love for Our Molly will be held on Sunday, January 26 at 11:00 a.m. at Bartley Ranch Park, Reno, in the Western Interpretive Center. Please always share your good Molly memories with us.

To everybody out there—don't ever forget to cherish the days and minutes you have with the people you love who love you back. To those of you who have children— remember what a privilege it is to be a parent. We have been lucky five times over.

Molly Cooper Schroeder was a treasure and a gift. She was loved every day of her life, and she knew that. We were loved back by Molly and we know that, too. And that is what we're gonna remember…
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Jan. 7 to Jan. 12, 2020
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