18 Year Old AdvoCat Dies – Family Asks That Big Cat Rescue Benefit

Friends celebrate Molly's 'short but really vibrant life'

By Emily Costello/Staff Writer

Thu Nov 12, 2009, 06:29 AM EST

LEXINGTON – First Parish Unitarian Church was filled to the balcony Friday morning as friends and family of Lexington native Molly Eisenberg gathered to celebrate her life.

Ed Klodt, a family friend from Thousand Oaks, Calif., called the day “bittersweet.” He said that although the past year had been bitter for Molly and her loved ones, the first 18 years of her life were incredibly sweet.

The church’s altar was decorated with a large spray of colorful flowers and a framed teal-and-white volleyball jersey with the number 3. A row of girls wearing matching jerseys lined a pew near the front of the church. Many others in the young crowd were clad in somber clothes paired with Uggs boots.

“Molly lived a short, but really vibrant, life,” Klodt said. She died of ovarian cancer in a California hospice Oct. 21.

Klodt shared a recent memory about an early Halloween party the Eisenbergs organized for Molly during the last few weeks of her life. Molly, who was a huge fan of Halloween, talked the rest of her family into allowing her to choose their costumes. She allowed her older sister Jill to dress as an Egyptian queen, Klodt said, but her parents didn’t get off so easily. She made her father, Eric Eisenberg, and her mother, Karen Large, dress as Sonny and Cher.

Klodt also shared older memories, made fresh by looking at old videotapes, from the years when Molly, Jill, and his own two children were small. He said the tapes showed “pumpkin patches, camping, pumpkin patches, a birthday, and pumpkin patches.”

Jane Bergin, Molly’s volleyball coach from Lexington High School, rose to remember Molly’s talent for raising both funds and morale.

Bergin announced that the annual sportsmanship award given out by the Middlesex Volleyball League has been renamed the Molly Eisenberg Memorial Sportsmanship Award. This year, the award will be shared by Reading and Lexington. The Lexington team also won the award in Molly’s junior and senior year.

Cailey Doran, a classmate of Molly’s from Lexington High School, thanked her friend for always volunteering to be the designated driver. She vowed to remember Molly and speak of her often.

I will celebrate your birthday and eat cake,” Doran promised.

Lee Smith identified Molly as his first love and reminisced about leaving LHS with Molly to eat lunches at Mario’s.

“If you were upset, Molly was the person you wanted to be with,” Smith said.


Memorial contributions

Molly had a love of wild animals and insisted on making pilgrimages to many zoos and aquariums throughout this year. In Molly’s honor, the family requests donations to: Big Cat Rescue, 12802 Easy Street, Tampa, FL 33625.

For the cats,

Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457

Free ways to join us and help the big cats:

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