Remembering Molly Howe. Today many family and friends will gather to remember Molly Howe, 46. Exactly one week ago today, as our family continued the Thanksgiving weekend celebration with friends over pie and coffee, my daughter walked into the kitchen and in a somber tone said, “Mrs. Howe died.” My family knows Molly because she taught our son, Micah, precalculus and this year was teaching our daughter, Ashley, geometry.
The last email received from Molly was sent from the hospital to her students’ families. “Things have turned out to be much worse than pneumonia. I have a leaky mitral valve that needs to be replaced. I am still in the hospital & it looks like the surgery will be on Friday. The recovery is 4-6 weeks, so I’m hoping we can start up again in January. I am so sorry for all of this & feel terrible about disrupting everyone’s lives. If you feel like you need to find another option for math, I completely understand.” It says a lot about how much she loved those she taught.
Thank you Molly for thinking of others even when you felt so poorly. Your genuineness shined through, you finished strong. You seemed like the sort of person who had learned to enjoy her life. Molly’s sudden and unexpected death has caused me to think about how brief life really is. One take away for me is the reminder that joy is found in the moment and cannot be stored for some time in the future. One verse, written by Solomon, came to mind: “Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God. 20 They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.” Ecclesiastes 5:19-20
Our families’ condolences go out to Tom and their children, Peyton and Emily. To our family and so many others Molly is an outstanding example of someone who faced life with faith and hope. She will be greatly missed.
Here is more about Molly’s life: She graduated from University of Florida with a Master’s of Education. She was employed by Seminole County Public Schools and taught higher-level mathematics at Lyman and Seminole high schools. Molly started her own business, teaching math in the home school community. She volunteered at her children’s schools and her church (First Baptist in Oviedo), including AWANA and Vacation Bible School. She was on her high school swim team and enjoyed water skiing and scuba diving with her husband. She loved to travel, visiting Caribbean Islands, Europe and friends and relatives. She will be deeply missed by her family and has left a legacy worth imitating.