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Westport Mourns Mollie Donovan — Update With Service Information And Memorial Contributions

Mollie Donovan — the epitome of volunteerism, a champion of Westport arts and history, and a warm, wonderful woman — died peacefully this morning.  She was 84.

Mollie Donovan

Mollie’s contributions were countless, passionate, and ongoing.  Even when ill, she arranged Westport Historical Society exhibits, hung paintings for the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection, planned upcoming events, mentored younger volunteers, and set a standard for service to Westport that may be equaled, but will never be surpassed.

Mollie is survived by her husband Jack, her children and grandchildren, and a town that has benefited from a lifetime of her love, devotion and boundless energy.

A private family burial is planned on Saturday.  This Sunday (May 1, 11 1 p.m.) the public is invited to a Celebration of life at the Westport Historical Society.

Memorial contributions may be made to her favorite causes:

Mollie Donovan, working on a typical project with Howard Munce (left) and Eric von Schmidt. Mollie and Howard were instrumental in Eric's donation of his 7-painting "Birth of the Blues" series, which now hangs in the Staples High School auditorium lobby.

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