Marie Barbara Rubly Molloy

Marie Barbara Rubly Molloy passed away on August 4, 2014 of heart failure at the Iowa Veterans Home (IVH) in Marshalltown, Iowa where she had lived for the past 10 years. She was 94 years old. She donated her body to Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and her ashes will eventually be buried with her husband Barry Justin Molloy at Calvary Cemetery in Evanston, Illinois. Memorial Services will be held at the IVH in Marshalltown on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. in the Chapel followed by refreshments at 1:30 p.m. near her room 3 North Malloy building. A Catholic Memorial Mass and Celebration of Life ceremony will be held in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Catherine of Sienna/Drake Newman Parish (28th and university) where she was a member for 30 years. A reception will begin at 12:00 noon in St Catherine of Sienna, the community room. Condolences may be mailed to: the Family of Marie Molloy, 6915 Wilton Ct. NE Cedar Rapids, IA 52402. The Anderson Funeral Homes have been entrusted with these arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to

Marie was born on August 26, 1919 in Chicago, Illinois, Roger Park neighborhood. She graduated from St. Scholastica High School in 1937. After high school, Marie worked at Montgomery wards as a records clerk. During her 10 years of employment, she earned a 2 year Associate degree while attending night school. In 1947, she married Barry Justin Molloy and then attended Mundelein College full time for 1 year before the birth of her first of six children. In 1959, Marie and Barry moved their family to Des Moines, Iowa and raised their children while Barry worked at the Des Moines Register and Tribune. After all her children were in school, she worked as a proofreader for Meredith Publishing Corporation for 9 years, at Waddell Typesetting for 4 years, and as a paste-up artist a the Iowa Printing office for 4 years.

At age 64, Marie fulfilled a lifelong goal of completing college by attending Drake University where she graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Certificate in Art Therapy. She worked as an art therapist and was active as a creative artist. She was a member of the Metro Arts Alliance and she was listed on the artist roster of the Iowa Arts council. Her sculpture works include: Trauma of Stroke statue on permanent display at Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault in Des Moines and Our Crutches sculpture on display in a gallery in Lower East Side, New York City.

Marie traveled to Japan with her son, Ben and her daughter, Barbara in 1975 to visit her daughter Delia, who was then serving in the U.S. navy. Marie and Barry traveled frequently in their retirement, and took their last trip together by riding the train across western Canada in 2002. On that trip, Marie fulfilled a lifelong dream when she went to the top of The Space Needle in Seattle, Washington.

Marie and her husband, Barry spent many of their retirement years actively participating in STARPAC (Stop The Arms Race Political Action Committee), in WILPF (Woman’s International League for Peace and Freedom). and the Catholic Peace Ministry. For some time, she served on the American Friends Service Committee where she concentrated on peace and justice activities, especially those involving Israeli/Palestine issues. She and Barry went with a group on a fact-finding trip to Occupied Territories in 1990. They were very active with the Catholic Worker house in Chicago and Des Moines. Marie worked many years with the Girl Scouts of America.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Barry Justin Molloy age 86 in 2004; her 3 siblings: Clarence Rubly, Sr. Mary Flora CSC, Harold Rubly; and her daughter Delia Molloy da Cunha age 51 in 2004. She is survived by her 5 other children; Charles Molloy of New York, NY, Therese Molloy of Cedar Rapids, IA, Michelle Molloy of Seattle, WA, Ben (Barry) Molloy of Des Moines, IA, and Barbara Molloy of Davis, CA; her 7 grandchildren: Andrea Marinez Skow, Jesse and Adrian Marinez; Aubrey and Gareth da Cunha; Tristan and Evan Huber; her great-grandson, James Skow; and her nephew Lawrence Rubly of Chicago, IL.