Obituary: Molly Jo Daly

<p>Molly Jo Daly</p>

Molly Jo Daly, 59, passed away on Friday, April 25, 2014, at Tuality Hospital in Hillsboro, Oregon. Molly was born on May 10, 1954, in Astoria, to Jack and Sue (Mercer) Daly.

Molly was committed to Fairview Training Center in Salem after she was diagnosed as “profoundly retarded” just weeks before her fourth birthday in 1957. Fairview was closed by the federal government, and Molly was relocated to a group home in Hillsboro in 1991. She lived in the area until her passing.

Molly’s life story was depicted in the documentary “Where’s Molly?” in 2007. The film was premiered at the Portland International Film Festival, and chosen as a Top 10 film of the year by The Oregonian. Her story was also featured in Readers Digest, People Magazine and a CBS Sunday Morning story which was nominated for an Emmy in 2011. Molly loved being applauded as the star of the film about her life.

In July 2005, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski signed Senate President Peter McCourtney’s Senate Bill 1064, known as “Molly’s Bill,” changing state law. Molly’s Bill allowed family members an opportunity to find one another and reunite, and as a result of the Oregon legislation, at least a dozen states implemented similar regulations.

Molly was preceded in death by her parents Jack and Sue Daly in 2003. Molly is survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law, Jeff Daly (Cindy Thompson Daly) of Seaside and Tim Daly (Barbara) of Stockton, CA. Her nieces Andrea and Laura Daly, Amy Frei, Tana Simonsen and Stefanie Netherton reside in California. She was beloved by extended family Margaret Thompson, Layne and Claudia DeLoff and Butch and Tronni Petersen.

Her grand-nieces and nephews Taylor Frei, Ashley Frei, Samantha Netherton and Kenny Netherton learned through experience with Aunt Molly that spending time with individuals with special needs is a privilege, and also a great deal of fun.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, May 10, 2014, Molly Daly’s 60th birthday. The public memorial will be held at Calvary Chapel, 6550 SE Alexander Street, Hillsboro, OR, at 12:30 p.m., with a reception to follow in the church facilities.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Northwest Abilities Group, Inc. P.O. Box 1024 Astoria, OR 97103 or in care of Hughes Ransom Mortuary.

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