Brooklyn - Mass of the Resurrection for Mollie Tibbetts, age 20 of Brooklyn, will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, August 26, 2018 in the gymnasium of the BGM High School in Brooklyn with Bishop Thomas R. Zinkula presiding and Fr. Corey Close as the Homilist. The family will receive friends following the service for a reception and continued fellowship.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be designated to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, mailed in care of the Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112. Memories and condolences may be shared with Mollie's family online at www.smithfh.com
Mollie Cecelia Tibbetts was born the daughter of Robert and Laura (Calderwood) Tibbetts on May 8, 1998 in San Francisco, California. She was raised in San Francisco and Brooklyn, Iowa respectively and graduated from BGM High School in Brooklyn with the class of 2017. She attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa and was majoring in psychology.
Mollie loved life. Her passion for it radiated from those beautiful brown eyes and the smile that she was so quick to share with everyone she met. She excelled in writing and speech where she shared her thoughts on some very difficult and complex subjects, mental health and self-esteem. Her talents were rewarded when she was invited to perform them three years at the Iowa All State competition. From her first musical appearance, she was hooked on theatre and enjoyed acting in the school plays. Mollie pushed herself in cross country and made running a part of her everyday life. Children are also something Mollie loved dearly. She began babysitting at an early age and worked the last two summers at the GRMC Day Camp where the kids adored her ability to make them laugh and the way she made them feel love. She was attending the University of Iowa to become a child psychologist to be able to work with children dealing with mental health issues. Dance Marathon, choir and singing were things she also loved participating in. But what Mollie did best was making friends everywhere she went.
Mollie is survived by her father, Robert Tibbetts of Lafayette and Fresno, California; her mother, Laura Calderwood of Brooklyn, Iowa; two brothers Jacob and Scott Tibbetts of Brooklyn; maternal grandparent, Judy Calderwood of Brooklyn. Maternal family includes her Aunt Kim Calderwood and Chris Sellers of Brooklyn, Uncle Erick Calderwood and Billie Jo Calderwood of Brooklyn, and Aunt Deb Column-Calderwood of Washington DC. Maternal cousins of Brooklyn include Morgan and Christian Calderwood and Vaughn and Joseph Irlbeck. Also included are Kelsie Sheets of Oskaloosa, IA and Kiegan Watts of Altoona, IA, Gabe Sellers of Rochester, MN and Sammie Sellers of Des Moines. Paternal aunts include Meg Tibbetts Williams of Des Moines, Iowa, Julie Tibbetts Eaton and Jeff Eaton of Denver, CO., Clare Tibbetts Faulkner and Matthew Faulkner of Long Beach, CA, and Laurie Craig of Des Moines. Paternal nieces and nephews along with families include Shaun Williams of Des Moines, Nicole and Ryan Mikluscak and children Lily and Maeve of Omaha, NE., Jonathan and Brittany Eaton of Denver along with sons Patrick and William, Annie and Brian Wagner along with daughter Margot Maeve of Ann Arbor, MI., Joseph Faulkner of Brooklyn, NY, and Emma Faulkner of Denver Colorado, Emily and Tim Heaston and family Clare, Cate and Teddie, along with Jack Craig, all of Des Moines. Also included are very much-loved step-mother, Kasey Auston-Tibbetts and her children Mallory and Scott along with grandchildren Zackeria Lovick and Pierce Carlson along with their extended family members. Most importantly, Mollie is survived by the love of her life, Dalton Jack and his family.
Mollie was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Charles Calderwood; and paternal grandparents, Robert Tibbetts and Clare Meng Tibbetts.
Published by the Des Moines Register from Aug. 24 to Aug. 29, 2018.