Moz Molenaar

December 26, 1927-
February 21, 2017

Colleen was born the youngest of ten children to Christian and Ida (Miller) Haag on December 26, 1927 in Pasco, Washington.

She graduated from Pasco High School in 1945 and went on to attend the University of Idaho (where she ran on the track team), the College of Puget Sound (UPS), and the University of Montana, where she earned her degree in musical performance in 1951.

During the summers between college she worked in the souvenir shop at Mount Rainier National Park, where she met her husband, Dee, who was a park ranger there.

Colleen “Mozzy” Molenaar was a treasure. She was fun and feisty and had a wonderful self-deprecating sense of humor. She taught her children that God is Love, and taught them to look for the good in people.

She was a gifted singer and had once been accepted into the Portland Opera Company, but decided, instead, to marry Dee and move to Colorado to begin a life with him.

In her younger years she spent much of her time in the mountains with Dee, hiking and climbing (she climbed to the summit of Mount Rainier twice!).

In her later years she enjoyed crossword puzzles, reading (her tastes were eclectic), caring for her animals (goats, llamas, and cats) at the family home in Port Orchard, keeping her bird feeders filled, watching Carl Sagan talk about the cosmos, and spending time with her children and grand-children.

In 2016 she and Dee moved to LaConner to be closer to her daughter.

She passed away peacefully in her sleep at her daughter’s home in Bow, Washington, on February 21, 2017.

Mozzy is survived by her husband of 62 years, Dee; her daughter, Karen, and son-in-law, Scott Terrell; her son, Peter, and his partner Sheila (Lindula) of Hoodsport; son David Molenaar of Olympia; and grandchildren, Andrew and Alexander Terrell (both of Bellingham), Claire Molenaar (Denver, Colorado) and Casey Molenaar (Olympia), and numerous nephews, nieces, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and nine siblings.

Colleen’s family is grateful for the wonderful people at hospice who helped her through this transition. Special thanks to hospice nurse, Renee.

Thoughts from Moz’s grandson, Casey: I have never seen such an amazing soul, one that the world has had the great misfortune to lose today. No matter the situation, she ONLY gave out love and nothing but and she has been a huge part of my understanding of love and has instilled its importance in me. I believe that the thing I heard from her the most was “God is love” — and that statement, in the entirety of its meaning, looms inside me and will continue to for the rest of my life.

I am thankful to have had such a giving and goofy woman in my life…There aren’t enough words to describe this wonderful lady. I will miss her very much, as will I’m sure every single person who has had the pleasure of meeting her. And truth be told, as I reflect, I am happy; I was fortunate enough to know her and call her a big part of my family.

Thank you for teaching me that love is EVERYTHING.

8 thoughts on “Moz Molenaar

  1. Love and hugs to you Karen and all your family – and hold fast to your Dad he will need your strength.❤


    On 28 February 2017 at 21:22, Adventures of the Madcap Christian Scientist wrote:

    > Karen Molenaar Terrell posted: “December 26, 1927- February 21, 2017 > Colleen was born the youngest of ten children to Christian and Ida (Miller) > Haag on December 26, 1927 in Pasco, Washington. She graduated from Pasco > High School in 1945 and went on to attend the University of Idaho (” >

  2. Karen, I am sad to hear this news.I don’t know you or your family personally, but from reading about them so much I feel like I do. I have been reading a lot here lately about what Mrs Eddy says about Death in Science and Health. It is really very comforting, the idea that Death does not exist. I just wanted to let you know that I will be thinking about you on this warm and stormy day here in Alabama. Rick

  3. Karen, I’m sorry to hear of your mother’s passing, but glad to know what a wonderful, love filled life she led and how she inspired everyone she knew. (Quoting inaccurately, but essentially) ” we can never fall into or out of God’s love.” She hasn’t fallen anywhere but out of mortal view. She is reflecting Love as ever! Take care, and let the joy of having her in your life keep you warm and glad. : )

  4. Dear Karen,
    “Mozzy” lived her life as a precious gift to this world, and passed those gifts on to you and many others. I know this from reading your posts that remind us all that God Is Love in so many different forms. May we all carry on that beautiful and timely message of God’s ever present Love.

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