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Molly Ivins Syndicated political columnist Molly Ivins died of breast cancer Wednesday afternoon at her home in Austin. She was 62 years old, and had much, much more to give this world. She remained cheerful despite Texas politics. She emphasized the more hilarious aspects of both state and national government, and consequently never had to write fiction. She said, "Good thing we've still got politics-finest form of free entertainment ever invented." Molly had a large family, many namesakes, hundreds of close friends, thousands of colleagues and hundreds of thousands of readers. She and her two siblings, Sara (Ivins) Maley of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Andy Ivins of London, Texas, grew up in Houston. Her father, James Ivins, was a corporate lawyer and a Republican, which meant she always had someone to disagree with over the dinner table. Her mother, Margot, was a homemaker with a B.A. in psychology from Smith College. In addition to her brother and sister, Molly is survived by sister-in-law Carla Ivins, nephew Drew and niece Darby; niece Margot Hutchison and her husband, Neil, and their children Sam, Andy and Charlie of San Diego, Calif. and nephew Paul Maley and his wife, Karianna, and their children Marty, Anneli and Finnbar of Eltham, Victoria, Australia. Molly followed her mother to Smith and received a B.A. in 1966, followed by an M.A. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and an honorary doctorate from Haverford College. Her full list of books and awards will be abbreviated here. In addition to compilations of her brilliant, hilarious liberal columns, she wrote with Lou Dubose Shrub: The Short But Happy Political Life of George W. Bush (Random House 2000) and Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America (Random House 2003). She was working on a Random House book documenting the Bush administration's assault on the Bill of Rights when she died. Molly, being practical, used many of her most prestigious awards as trivets while serving exquisite French dishes at her dinner parties. Her awards include the William Allen White Award from the University of Kansas, the Eugene V. Debs award in the field of journalism, many awards for advocacy of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the David Nyhan Prize from the Shorenstein Center at the Kennedy School at Harvard. Although short, Molly's life was writ large. She was as eloquent a speaker and teacher as she was a writer, and her quips will last at least as long as Will Rogers'. She dubbed George W. Bush "Shrub" and Texas Governor Rick Perry "Good Hair." Molly always said in her official résumé that the two honors she valued the most were (1) when Minneapolis Police Department named their mascot pig after her (She was covering the police beat at the time.) and (2) when she was banned from speaking on the Texas A&M University campus at least once during her years as co-editor of The Texas Observer (1970-76). However, she said with great sincerity that she would be proudest of all to die sober, and she did. She worked as a reporter for The New York Times (1976-82) in New York and Albany and later as Rocky Mountain Bureau Chief covering nine mountain states by herself. After working for the staid Times where she was heavily edited, Molly cut loose and became a columnist for the Dallas Times Herald. When the Herald folded, she signed on as a columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In 2001, she became syndicated, eventually appearing in 400 newspapers. She never lost her love for The Texas Observer or her conviction that a free society relies on public-interest journalism. She found that brand of journalism is the most fun. In recent years she shamelessly used her national and international contacts to raise funds for the Observer, which has always survived on a shoestring. More than $400,000 was contributed to the feisty little journal at a roast honoring Molly in Austin October 8. Molly's enduring message is, "Raise more hell." To read more about Molly Ivins or to make a comment about her, go to Tax-deductible contributions in her honor may be made to The Texas Observer, 307 West Seventh Street, Austin, TX 78701 or the American Civil Liberties Union, 125 Broad Street, 18th floor, New York, NY 10004, Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday February 4 at First United Methodist Church of Austin, 1201 Lavaca Street. There will be a reception at Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd. in Austin starting at 4:00 p.m.
Published by Austin American-Statesman on Feb. 2, 2007.
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In loving memory of an insightful, passionate woman. We loved you and will always remember the incredible wisdom you left us. God thank you for Molly Ivins.
Jim Boland
June 12, 2021
Molly Ivins was wonderful, funny, brilliant, and outspoken and loved good people. She was a student of my father (Robert P. Moore) in Houston at St. John's School in the 60's, she dedicated Molly Can't Say That Can She to him, as the "best teacher". I was younger, but she used to come to our home often when in high school, with a couple of other students, to have raucous conversations for hours with my parents. In '98 she came and spoke at his memorial service. She was not only incredibly sharp and funny, but also very cool and friendly.
C. L. Moore
June 5, 2020
God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's...My heartfelt condolences to the family's....
April 9, 2020
lordie, Molly Ivins, how we need you now
CA Smith
October 29, 2018
Godspeed Molly, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us. Now sharing her wit in the ultimate venue...
Harry Simpson
January 31, 2018
Valenda Newell
July 23, 2016
When I moved to Kentucky from Texas in 1986, Molly became my lifeline to my birth state and my wonderful time there in the 70's and 80's. At the time, she was a regular on NPR's Morning Edition. Her unique voice and pithy remarks often made my week! Thanks Molly. I think of you often.
Judith Niles
March 30, 2013
My heart goes out to Molly's family. May you find comfort in Isaiah 25:8,9
March 28, 2011
Molly, you'll live forever through your work and wonderful humor. You had such a fine spirit, lived such a big life, and left such magnificent impressions behind. Thank you for the inspiration and for being such a fine example of personal courage.
Sami Swan Thompson
February 28, 2011
Molly, it's been hard without you. My political buddies who have lunch every Fri just talked about you past Fri,Apr9,2010. I followed you from your Texas Observer days. Thanks !
Marylou Falkenstein
April 11, 2010
For Molly...


Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell among the wonders of the earth; for my larger self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other side of pain...on the other side of darkness.

Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine that touches your skin, a tropical breeze upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart and the innocence of babes in mothers arms.

I am the hope in a darkened night. And, in your hour of need, I will be there to comfort you. I will share your tears, your joys, your fears, your disappointments and your triumphs.

Do not weep for me, for I am cradled
in the arms of God. I walk with the angels, and hear the music beyond the stars.

Do not weep for me, for I am within you;
I am peace, love, I am a soft wind that caresses the flowers. I am the calm that follows a raging storm. I am an autumns leaf that floats among the garden of God, and I am pure white snow that softly falls upon your hand.

Do not weep for me, for I shall never die, as long as you remember me...
with a smile and a sigh.

© Joe Fazio
[email protected] /Joe Fazio,
Beverly Hills, California
April 1, 2010
You were a hell of a gal! You will be missed.

Constance La Mendola
Connie La Mendola
November 28, 2009
Thank God your left a legacy for slow people like me to enjoy later. I love you, Molly. Thanks for gifting us with your brilliance. Love and prayers to your family who must still be grieving their loss.
Lori Desmond
June 25, 2009
Oh Molly, the sky is so blue today! We have a new president and you would be so pleased. I miss you!
November 5, 2008
Dearest Molly, I still ache for your words in this crazy time. What you would have done with this election cycle! But it was time for you to lay your burden down and let us go on, whether or not we felt ready. I will never forget you.
Gayla Leopard
October 31, 2008
March 27, 2008
You made me proud to say I came north from Texas. You gave me the courage to speak out in the face of abject stupidity disguised as the way things are supposed to be. Your spirit will never die.
P Diane Schneider
December 11, 2007
Molly's Wisteria, in bloom 3/25/07
Julie Ardery
March 25, 2007
Dear Dear Molly~ You opened the floodgates for us to cut through the red tape, and speak up about what needs *speakin" up about*. I'm sure you are kickin up a storm in the afterlife, and takin' names. We have so much to deal with here... but rest easy-- we are getting out our pots & pans & will take to the streets to demand a stop to this madness. Ah I don't need to preach to the choir. But if you could see about some divine intervention to help fix this grand mess, it would be greatly appreciated.
Fran Rose
March 11, 2007
Molly, we could always count on you to realize that we were not the only people in the world who did not believe that Shrub's new robe was magnificent...but, that, indeed, this emperor had no clothes on. Again and again you saw through the Rove-isms, and helped others to realize that we were not alone. Thank you for brightening my life, and for never giving up. You will be missed.
Marilyn O'Brien
February 13, 2007
For the first time ever, Molly, you done gone and made me cry; what will we do without your rapier-like wit and even sharper wisdom? May light perpetual -- and eternal laughter -- shine upon your uniquely luminous soul. You were one of the good guys in a world where there just aren't that many. I love you.
Linda Lyle
February 12, 2007
So late in the game I discovered that you authored some of the great material my brain recalls, the material from which truth is extracted and exposed.
I hope to (on some small level) follow in a toe-print or two in my lifetime. We all really want the same things from our leaders, each other and the planet.
Rest in peace with our appreciation and keep a watchful eye...lend the words when the words do not come.
Lyn Alexander
February 12, 2007
Your wit and straight forward approach will be missed. You were a true blessing to Texas and world.
Mary Baldwin
February 12, 2007
I will miss your wit ,energy and your inate ability to add a wry tilt to the crazy political world
God speed,
Judy Boone
Forest Hill,TX
Judy Boone
February 11, 2007
Judy Boone
February 11, 2007
I feel like Molly Ivins is my family. I discovered her writings several years ago, and I was home. I miss her terribly, and I never even met her.

Clare Davis
Clare Davis
February 11, 2007
I will miss you terribly. Although we never met, I enjoyed each of your insightful opinion pieces and the smiles which they brought me brightened each of my days.

Susan Hilton
Susan Hilton
February 10, 2007
Another bright shining star from Texas has dimmed. Thank you, Molly for keeping hope alive.
Violet Pucsek-Berman
February 9, 2007
I never met Molly, I was just another Texan that felt like she said volumes about what a lot of us felt, and wanted to say, but didn't have a platform.

I feel like we lost a special voice when I heard about her death. I hold her in my heart right where I hold Ann Richards and Barbara Jordan. They each represented Texans and women in a very special way.

I will miss her columns, and her voice, but I know God holds her in his hands.
Alice Collins
February 9, 2007
Our Molly--you personified courage, insight, determination, and freedom of speech. A woman for all seasons, all reasons, you dared us to speak up, and out, realize leaders lie, so we must question, challenge, question again, and again, and fight for the American spirit, and our lives.

I will miss you, dear sister. As another soldier from the war on breastcancer, it just shouldn't have been this hard for you, or millions of others, now free and peaceful at last. But those leaders are yet to come, as well.

I shall do what you always told me to do, to the best of my ability, without backing down (I don't).

Please smile on me, nudge me when you think I need it, and hug Anne, Margaret, Anna, Annette, and our other great friends very tightly. Most of all, ya'all have fun, now, ya hear?

Baker's dozen hugs
Carol Hinkley Thompson
February 8, 2007
A HUGE loss for us, but grateful for her contributions and her life.
She will live in our hearts forever.
Jamie Beutler
February 8, 2007
Molly was my favorite columnist, bar none. I already miss you, Molly.
Kevin Smith
February 8, 2007
There once was a Texan named Molly
Who loved to point out political folly
She'd speak truth to power
We will remember the hour
She made St. Peter exclaim - "Well by Golly."
KC McAuley
February 8, 2007
Molly was honest, humorous, caring and optimistic. She believed we could improve the world if we really thought about what was important and then did something about it. She must have been a wonderful friend. I am very sad that she was forced to lay down her pen. It took a terribly strong adversary to stop her. I will honor her by supporting the values she expressed and working to eliminate breast cancer.
Sharron Bailey
February 8, 2007
I ws honored to meet Molly one evening at a book signing in Portland, Oregon. I told her I didn't want anything except the favor of her signiture, and she declained that "My Gawd, there are still gentlemen in the world!"
All I could ask of any body that might read this, as a gentleman, go out to some speach given by a puffed up baboon of a politition, and laugh like hell every time they make some stupid statment.
If it's the Shrub or one of his cronys, you may become hysterical.
Phillip A Rudolph
February 7, 2007
Dear, dear Molly - thank you for everything!! I have never before laughed out loud at a political commentary .Oh yes, we'll miss you!!!!!
Margaret Hourston
February 7, 2007
I met you with "Molly Ivans Can't Say That", read you next books, and followed your columns thanks to the web. The made me both laugh and cry. I'm still not sure what evoked each reaction.
Rest in peace, Molly, you will truly be missed down here/
Edward Andeson
February 7, 2007
I had the privilege and honor of working at the Dallas Times Herald during the time Molly was also employed there. Molly didn't really know me ... I was just another features writer. But everyone definitely knew her, and you could always tell when Molly was in the building which no longer stands on the corner of Pacific and Griffin. A few years after the Times Herald folded, I got to be around her when she graced the local Society of Professional Journalists with a cameo appearance in our annual Texas Gridiron Show, another institution no longer with us. One night before the show, I told Molly that she and I had worked at the Herald at the same time, and she immediately swooped me up in her big arms -- Molly was a big woman! -- and yelled "Bless your heart!" In an instant, I felt like a long-lost colleague and friend. Like former governor Ann Richards a few months ago, the news of Molly's turn for the worse and her death touched me deeply as a Texan, as a writer, and most of all, as a woman. I feel a sadness in one by one losing the women I've looked up to -- brassy, plain spoken, honest, confident, passionate, ballsy women who showed many of us the way.
Cathy O'Neal
February 7, 2007
Every time your column appeared in our paper it made my day. I will miss you so much.
Dianne L. Smith
February 7, 2007
Rest in peace... and thanks for everything.
Chris Rhetts
February 7, 2007

Have a nice day:-)

[email protected]
le sv
February 7, 2007
...You will be "sorely missed" ... You pulled no punches ...You had the courage to tell it as it is ... (ask "The Good Lord" to send someone to try to fill Your shoes!!!)
William Darcy
February 6, 2007
dearest molly thanks for the deep laughs and the smarts and the true kindness of your ways
dee hannemann
February 6, 2007
John J. Collum
February 6, 2007
Molly< you were the best !! You really told it like it is and minced no words. We are missing you and feel sorrow for your sufffering. May you rest in peace and know that millions will miss you and your columns.

Lucie Yapp
Lucie Yapp
February 6, 2007
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Lucie Yapp
February 6, 2007
My dad introduced me to Molly's columns and I was hooked. We always looked forward to every Thursday when she'd be in the Chicago Tribune, and when she wasn't there we were disappointed. My dad would say that all the 'pubs' hate Molly because she has this terrible habit of telling the truth.

As Molly said in her last column, "We are the people who run this country. We are the deciders." We will continue to tell the truth, Molly.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Godspeed.
Alicia Murray
February 5, 2007
Molly, thank you for telling the truth so keenly that even the devil couldn't argue the point. I will miss you terribly.
You are irreplaceable.
Sara McBride
February 5, 2007
Missing ya, Molly.
K Connelly
February 5, 2007
What a loss for all women and men who care about politics. There was nobody who could say it like you!
Susan Rose
February 5, 2007
Molly stood up,spoke up.She said the things that she believed even if what she said angered others.Her bravery gave me hope.
Now SHE was a True Texan!
Bless you Molly Darlin'.
paisley robertson
February 5, 2007
You made me laugh and you made me think. I can't think of greater achievements for a writer.
Sue Ashbaugh
February 5, 2007
Whatever I say, it's all been said. Molly was a shining light in a dark political forest. She made me laugh when I felt like giving up and goaded me on to the next worthwhile cause to fight for.
I will miss her more than I can say.
Shelley Plumb
February 5, 2007
What a delight Molly was to Progressives! She will be sorely missed.
Esther Clark Curnutt
San Antonio
Esther Curnutt
February 5, 2007
Will Miss you!!! RIP

February 5, 2007
I feel I must add my name to the list of all those in sorrow. I've been in shock for days. Molly Ivins was one of a kind and I'll miss her terribly. I like to be barefoot, too.
Linda Ehrhardt
February 5, 2007
The loss of Ann Richards and now you...who will be our voice? Who will step up to the plate and call for accountability? Who will make the country think about and FEEL the words and thoughts from a pen that "tells it like it is"?

Thank you, Molly
Kay Dohmlucero
February 5, 2007
You will be missed here in Alaska! We so loved your columns and appreciated your keen insights :)
Thank you for teaching me so much.
NyGirl Alaska81
February 5, 2007
Out of all the columnists I have read, you have been my favorite. Thank you Molly.
Michael Pearson
February 5, 2007
I'm missing you. I didn't read every column, but I sure loved what I did read. You were a pistol. Rest well. You served us well.
Bud Burlison
February 5, 2007
I beleive dictionaries of the future
should have a picture of Ms. Ivins under the word irreverant. I miss her columns so much already that I've finally started reading the 1st of her books. One of the most courageous people in U.S. History.
Perhaps, as it was the last issue she addresed, her column space should be filled until the war dies with a simple admonition as a continuation of her legacy: REMEMBER MOLLY - STOP. THE. DAMN. WAR. NOW.
Ron Bulman
February 5, 2007
How I will miss Molly's columns. She made the sheer lunk-headedness of politics bearable. Her great good humor and unfailing optimism made the fight seem winable. We'll fight on for you, Molly.
Nancy Siscoe
February 5, 2007
I never missed her column and always intended to read her books. Upon learning of her passing, I ordered all of them. You will be missed, Molly. Godspeed.
Karen Murray
February 5, 2007
She was my hero - a fearless and funny true believer. I can't imagine who will ever take her place.
Sheryl Renken
February 5, 2007
To the Family and Friends of Molly Ivins:

I happened to run into Molly a few months ago at an REI sporting goods sale and was saddened to see that she appeared to be in declining condition. I didn't intrude, but wish that I had. I wished that I taken the time to wish her well.

I prefer to think of her as a fellow St. John's School graduate; I remember Molly very well from her years spent there. Like her writings, as a teenager she was loud and slightly obnoxious, but always with a humorous touch. Molly was clearly a leader in her class of 1962. I can see her in my mind's eye, in her light blue pinafor, shrieking laughter, her head turned sideways as she walked down a St. John's School corridor to the senior's quadrangle. That is how I choose to remember Molly, with laughter on her lips, surrounded by friends, always a leader of her pack of like-minded admirers.

My sincere sympathies and condolences go out to the immediate family, especially Andy, whom I haven't seen since our days at Camp Cimarroncita in New Mexico.

I hope that each of you, Andy, Sarah and all of Molly's family and wide circle of close friends, find comfort in the knowledge that Molly lived her life the way she wanted to live it.

Raymond Goodrich
SJS, Class of 1968
Raymond Goodrich
February 5, 2007
I was going to school at UT Austin during the time that Molly was writing for the Observer and I remember her comments on the political situation back then. Her wit and zeal never changed. Molly and I are members of the same generation and I will miss her wonderful words and her downhome evaluation of the political scene. God bless you, Molly and keep the angels laughing.
Carol Hobbs
February 5, 2007
How I looked forward each week to her columns and her ability to cut through to the chase and tell it like it is, in her wonderfully colorful Texas twang.

I'll bang pots and pans in your honor, Molly.
Sylvia Carlson
February 5, 2007
Dear Ivins family,
I am so sorry for your loss of Molly, One of the things that helps me to cope with the loss of a loved one is the thoughts found in the Bible at John 5:28,29 also Psalms 37:29 May these thoughts bring your family comfort at this time.
Renee Jones
February 5, 2007
We will miss you! We loved your editorials and looked forward to seeing you in our paper.
Norma and Gerald Schultz
February 5, 2007
I wish I had met Molly Ivins. I have admired her for years, and I loved her writings. I feel so sad now, and I will continue to bang pots and pans in her honor!
Karen Peeler
February 5, 2007
Your books and columns had so many lines that would make my eyebrows jump up a split-second before a laugh of delight at your daring and clear-sightedness would burst forth. I'd forget all my troubles, feel refreshed and focused and ready to face what had made me tired and down-hearted. It was comforting to have such a brave, smart and witty person fighting for the little guy and America's other fine ideals. I didn't know you were a warm, generous-hearted, funny person in real-life too. It has been nice reading about all the good you did and all the laughter you raised in your personal life. I'll think of you when I remind myself to look at the funny side of human foibles, remembering you.
Elizabeth Anderson
February 5, 2007
A great big hole now exists on the Jacksonville Times-Union op-ed page!! We miss you very much, but treasure the time you shared with us.
Tony McAdoo
February 5, 2007
Richard Herrick
February 5, 2007
I loved Molly's columns, admired her philosophies and agreed wholeheartedly with her politics. We needed her words and opinions in today's crazy world. She will be dearly missed.
Linda Jean Santos
February 5, 2007
The heavy, the sinking feeling of knowing that Miss Molly is no longer with us is just overwhelming at times. How I wish I could have had the privilege of knowing her personally and counted her as one of my treasured friends...for which i would assuredly have lavished her in kind and more. Spending Fridays at Scholz's would have been awesome. Thank goodness for the miracle of mass media that brought this shining light into all our hearts just by paying attention. I'll never forget how i laughed for 2 weeks just by repeating in my head "it just sounded better in the original German" (referring to Pat Buchanan's 1988 GOP address). One of the most brilliant assessments ever. And that she ever was...simply brilliant.

Go in peace sweet princess. Our lives are forever brightened by your legacy.
J. Alan Kanter
February 4, 2007
I have listened many times to Molly on the radio and she was always inspiring. Her voice will truly be missed.
Liz Fappiano
February 4, 2007
I had the great pleasure of hearing Molly speak at the Booksellers Convention in Anaheim, CA in 1992. She was witty, entertaining and so very intelligent. I'd never heard of her before then and never forgot her after. She left her mark in the world. I look forward to seeing her story on Biography. Who will write it?
Marcia Glynn Marycz
February 4, 2007
A loss felt so personally by so many...A hole that can't be filled
DB Shore
February 4, 2007
Molly Ivans was wonderful. She was appreciated even way up here in Canada. She told the truth about Texas and about America with great style and wit. She will be missed.
February 4, 2007
Oh Molly, I can't believe you're really gone. I guess I thought that you could fight death to a standstill or, failing that, use your biting wit to talk your way out of it. Now just what are we to do? There is simply no one to replace you and if we ever needed you we need you now. We will miss you so.
Linda Lynch
February 4, 2007
I think she was serious about banging pots and pans in the streets. And it would be a fine way to honor her life. What a treasure she was--a font of humor, shrewd observation and wisdom.
Beverly Spicer
February 4, 2007
molly---u will be truly missed---every protest march i go on --i will beat pots and pans in your honor--may GOD bless you
judy starns
February 4, 2007
Who can replace Molly? WE CAN. She spent many years teaching us and showing us that WE are the Deciders. In her honor, I will raise a LOT MORE HELL. It's what this great lady would have wanted her legacy to be. Bless your heart, Molly. Bless your heart.
Kin O'Brien
February 4, 2007
Thank you, Molly for waking up so many of us with your straight-shooting words of wisdom. May your spirit live on!
Arnold Williams
February 4, 2007
Molly had a wonderful voice and an intellect we will all miss.
Harvey Davis
February 4, 2007
I will miss the logic and humor that Molly brought into my world each time I read her columns.
Molly you made a difference in this world! You gave us the term Bushie, and Shrub! LOL!
Thank you Molly!
Dawn Fortoni
February 4, 2007
Thank God for people that care about people.
Ronald Heaton
February 4, 2007
Thanks for your courage and for being outspoken against deceit and hypocrisy.
Charles Ford
February 4, 2007
I'm so glad I gave you that hug Molly when you were signing books in were the 1st political columnist I ever read!
Jean Fitzgerald
February 4, 2007
I heard Molly before reading her. The voice alone kept me from switching stations, then the way the words pointed out the irony hooked me for good. What a great spirit, and great teacher. WE are the deciders! Raise Hell!!!Thanks, Molly!
Jane Glendinning
February 4, 2007
Well,even all the way up here in snowy, freezing Buffalo, NY (currently 5 degrees and falling) we are mourning the passing of a true, fierce and funny woman whom we could count on to set the record straight. She will be missed and remembered forever!
Sarah Phelps
February 4, 2007
Molly will always be a hero and an inspiration to young writers like me. I'll miss her wit and courage and eloquence. She never stopped digging for the truth...
Bless you, Molly. You're missed.
Christine Rock
February 4, 2007
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
Kevin Rohon
February 4, 2007
She lived in my home town. I will miss her wit and humor. I'll never forget her column. She was the best. Molly I'll see you again.
Anna Rohon
February 4, 2007
The world is a sadder place now without Molly in it. I feel as though I have lost a dear, wacky, brilliant friend.
Susan Butruille
February 4, 2007
It is said that humor is a sign of intelligence. If true, Molly Ivins was a bright light in our otherwise unsettling world. Her wisdom, wit and courage will be terribly missed. She made me proud to be a woman.
Andi Smith
February 4, 2007
I have a great respect for this woman, who spoke the truth. There is so little truth in this country's government, and Miss Molly made sure we knew it. If she knew it, she threw it at us, and we eagerly caught it. This Texas Gal had the courage to say what needed to be said, and said it regardless of who's toes were stepped on. I am going to miss you Miss Molly, I sure do wish I could carry on the work you did, because I sure am not afraid to speak it loud, the truth that is.
Abbie Gail Bergeron/Johnson
February 4, 2007
Through a mutual friend, Molly and I met at
the Brown Palace in Denver for what turned
out to be a hilarious three-hour luncheon.
Later, she met my late wife Kay, a lovely
woman from Tennessee. They became soul
mates. There were dinner parties in Boulder,
sessions at CU's Conference of World Affairs,
where Kay was a committee member; sailing
at Dillon Lake in the mountains of Colorado
and many sporting events. Molly's chili
cook-offs were a kick. Oh, how I shall miss
dear Molly. Her satire, wit and courage at
poking fun at politicians. And her final piece, calling for the end of the war in Iraq. NOW, she said. She adored her profession. I am
pleased to be a member of her group of
world-wide friends. Though ill with cancer,
I shall never forget how Molly came here to
visit dear Kay who was ill herself with that cruel Alzheimer's Disease. Bless you dear Molly. You were one of a kind.
Michael Vickers
February 4, 2007
I was a latecomer to discovering Molly Ivins. I came accross an audiobook of Molly's collection of columns titled "Who Let the Dogs In? Incredible Political Animals I Have Known". I knew of her prior to that--but had never read her columns (March 2003). What a Godsend! If there is anything better than reading Molly's columns - and I'm not sure there is---it would be LISTENING to Molly reading her own columns, with that wonderful Texan drawl and perfect inflection. It has provided hours of laughter, genuine education and serious thought to me and to countless others I have shared the collection with. Thank you dear lady for who you were and your honest contribution to a life well-lived. You are a hero in every sense and will be missed dearly!
Trish Philbrook
February 4, 2007
I am sure that where she is, they're sitting around a table, chewing and chawing, laughing, and spellbound by her humor, remarkable wit, charm and unique command of political lingo. Molly was a one-of-a-kind wizard of words. Few could match her ability to craft phrases that hit the bullseyes of their targets more often than not.
Larry Shannon
February 4, 2007
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