Mollye Sue Block, passed away on December 29, 2020 in Palm Beach, FL; she was 72. Mollye will be dearly missed by family and friends who will always remember her warmth, humor, compassion and love of life. Mollye was loved by a wide circle of devoted family and friends. She had a gift for deep human connection, and possessed a joy and kindness that illuminated the lives she touched. She opened up her heart and home to many, and built connections that were profound and endured throughout her lifetime. This same compassion and concern for others was reflected in Mollye's many civic activities and her devotion to a wide-range of community organizations. An impassioned advocate who cared greatly about many issues, Mollye was particularly passionate about women's health and education. She was deeply involved in civic life in each of the communities in which she lived, serving and advising on many boards in Boston, Cleveland, Baltimore and Palm Beach. Mollye grew up in Newton, MA and was a graduate of Brimmer and May, a school with which she felt a life-long connection. She attended Lesley University, where she received her Bachelors and later a Masters in Special Education. Mollye applied her training to develop and run a private practice from 1978 to 1997 as a special education counselor, supporting young people and their families in need of educational guidance and support. She specialized in testing and tutoring those with dyslexia. Having survived cancer as a young woman — an ordeal that showed her the need for women to better understand the health issues they face -- in 1995 Mollye co-developed A Woman's Journey, a women's health conference that empowers women to make effective health care decisions for themselves and those they love. Twenty five years later, this program continues to thrive through an annual event drawing 1,000 women a year to its flagship conference in Baltimore, as well as events in many Florida communities, including Palm Beach. Last year, Mollye was honored at the program's 25th anniversary event. Mollye also served as a founding member of Baltimore's Odyssey School for children with dyslexia and was on the Leadership Councils of the Harvard School of Public Health and Lesley University. She was a member of the board of trustees and a national spokesperson for the National Stroke Association. Notably during her later career, Mollye served as the director of the state of Maryland's Women's Health Program for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, between 1997 and 2006, where she was selected by the secretary of health to establish a program to help keep women and their families healthy. Mollye is survived by her daughters Rebecca Feldman, Abigail (David) Dowd, her mother Esther (Sumner) Feldberg, her sister Beth Mann, her step-brother Michael (Ruth) Feldberg, and her step-sister Ellen (Michael) Gordon, her step-children Pam (Steven) Brier and Brandon (Rachel) Block and grandchildren Zachary, Naomi, Zoe and Tali. She was the sister of the late James Lichter and daughter of the late Bernard Lichter. A memorial service will be held in 2021. Donations in Mollye's memory can be made to: The Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, Suite 120, Brookline, MA 02215.
Published by Palm Beach Daily News from Jan. 2 to Jan. 3, 2021.
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Mollye was the best friend anyone could have. I miss her desperately. She was an outstanding person.
Greta. & Alan Greenberger
August 10, 2021
I will always miss you In Loving Light Rose Marie
February 19, 2021
Mollye Sue was my first friend! I remember Esther helping us sew a little doll together named Cotton Sue! I am so sorry to learn of her passing. We grew up in the same neighborhood in Newton and stayed friends through Cabot School, Bigelow Junior High and Newton High, and even after she transferred to Brimmer May. I was privileged to attend her first wedding. Our lives moved in different directions after that and I moved to Washington, DC for college and after. However, we reconnected at our 50th Newton High School reunion. I recognized her immediately and all my memories of our friendship came flooding back. She looked beautiful and was as kind, sweet and compassionate as I remembered. She was a remarkable, lovely woman who touched many of us with her humanity. I am sure Esther and Beth and her daughters have been so proud of her and her many accomplishments throughout her life. May she rest in peace. My sincerest condolences to her whole family. She passed on too soon.
Karen Segall Griffin, Alexandria, VA
February 15, 2021
There is one less star shining in the sky tonight. It is with a heavy heart that I send my condolences to you, Becca,Abbie and Esther. Everyone was sure they were Mollye’s best friend. She had the unique capacity to listen and to care. She lit up every room she entered. She embraced every city she lived in and each of those cities held her tight, loved her and hated to see her move. I met Mollye when she first arrived in Cleveland. We subsequently shared many family occasions and holidays, hung out and traveled together. I have so many Mollye memories. But, I shall always fondly remember the over-the-top 50th birthday party Esther hosted for Mollye in Palm Beach. Girlfriends from Boston, Baltimore, Philly and more gathered. I represented Cleveland. It was an amazing long weekend filled with a shared love and admiration for our friend. To be remembered is the greatest legacy. Rest In Peace, Mollye Sue. You will be remembered. May this be a comfort for Becca, Abbie, Esther and your families.
January 15, 2021
I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Mollye. I’ve wondered how she was doing since I last took care of her and I was afraid to find her obituary but here it is. She was a kind woman and I know she made a difference and touched many lives. I know she touched mine.
January 14, 2021
I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Mollye. I’ve wondered how she was doing since I last took care of her and I was afraid to find her obituary but here it is. She was a kind woman and I know she made a difference and touched many lives. I know she touched mine.
January 14, 2021
Wendy Tarlow Kaplan
January 12, 2021
Mollye has left us way too soon. Her spirit could fill a room with sunshine and laughter, her gifts of connection and courage could brighten a dull and dreary day. She knew just what was needed, and even after all she suffered with illness and personal heartache, she managed to not be discouraged or withdraw. It always seemed to have her even more engaged in creating a better life for those she felt she could help. I knew Mollye from Planned Parenthood in Baltimore, MD and we became fast friends. Even when she moved away, we would talk, visit, and support each other through life's ups and downs. She was so helpful to me when my husband died at age 51. I am so very saddened for her children and grandchildren. And even more so that I was not aware of her passing. I was preparing to send a Happy New Year card and was looking for her address. I will miss her terribly, but I know that smile, her words, her encouragement have touched my life in a way I can never forget her. She is a part of my heart for all the days and time to come. May we all learn to live by her example.
January 10, 2021
I am deeply saddened to hear of Mollye's passing. Having known her through A Women's Journey for close to 20 years, she and Harriet Legum have forever changed my thinking about women's health for myself and others. Mollye has accomplished numerous goals that I believe have changed many lives, too many to count. What an empowering wonderful woman. I pray these memories and others will sustain you during this difficult time now and always. May her memory always be a blessing.
Sincerely with gratitude, Ellensue Levinson-Jeffers Owings Mills, MD
January 5, 2021
I have attended AWoman’s Journey since it began and always admired Mollye from afar.... I grieve her death up close and with a heavy heart. May the many people she touched comfort her family and close friends. She made a difference Margaret Patch
January 5, 2021
I am so sad to hear of Mollye's death. I have been attending The Woman's Journey every year and she was such a gracious and warm person, deeply devoted to helping other women in such an impactful way. She will be greatly missed by thousands of women whose lives she has touched over the years. My sympathy to her family and to Harriet Legum who co-founded with her and the staff who made every woman's journey a better one. We all owe her a debt of gratitude for enriching our lives.
Maureen P Carroll
January 5, 2021
A cousin that unfortunately, I never got to know well. Glad that I was able to connect with her within the past few years after a 40 year gap and have dinner with her and Beth. It brought back a lot of memories. My thoughts also go out to Beth and Esther who have had too many loses.
January 3, 2021
I have known Mollye since we first moved back to Boston in 1970. We were Belmont Ten-Aiders together. Becca our Sarah’s age. I adored Mollye. Always a smile and a kind word. I fixed Mollye up with my dear friend, Rick Franklin, over ten years ago and Mollye and I reconnected. She led an active and rich life filled with career and family. She fought every illness with courage and perseverance. Her laughter was infections. I will always think of her as a friend and a blessing. My condolences to Becca & Abby. You had a truly wonderful Mom! An amazing woman. My love to your family. xox
January 2, 2021
I knew Mollye when she lived in Cleveland in the 80’s. Her daughter Abigail and my daughter Chiara we’re close school friends and Molly was always very kind and generous to my daughter and myself .When you spent time with her it always seemed like a gift. Once when I picked up my daughter from her house she came to the door with a strange flat plastic fork which she said was very useful to open English muffins and she asked me to take it. I used it for some years ,somehow it vanished but to this day , when I open an English muffin , I think of her wonderful way of pulling you into her life. Iwas making an English muffin this morning and I thought ,”I am going to write to her and thank her for that very happy memory she gave me.”I think of Abbie and Rebecca ,too , they were adorable girls full of energy and kind. I hope they have been able to keep that gift of their Mother’s. I am sorry I was unable to send her my note. My daughter sent me the obituary just after dinner. I am quite certain she knows the joy she spread in the world. Thank you for all your kindness and joy. Ann
January 1, 2021
Mollye was such a good friend - kind, sensitive, smart, thoughtful, tender, intuitive, funny, and with a unique ability to listen. She would hear me ramble on about some subject, and then succinctly say, "Well, Jeffrey, did you ever think about..." We'll miss you so much, Mollye Sue.
January 1, 2021
I am so very saddened to hear of Mollye’s passing. It’s almost been 25yrs since her daughter, Abby and I met at college. Over the years we have spent holidays, vacations, and many weekends with each other’s families. I have many memories and during these difficult times, those are the things we need to hold onto dearly.
Mollye will be missed by so many, especially those closest to her. I send you all my love and prayers. I truly wish I could be with you all and give you my condolences in person.
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.