5:30-7:30 P.M. Friday, March 21, 2014 at Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo.
7:30 P.M. Friday, March 21, 2014 at Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo.
11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo.
Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
Molly Volkerding, 73, entered into heaven in the early morning hours of Friday, March 14, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.
Molly Jane Mullen was born on June 3, 1940, in Grand Forks, North Dakota. She was the second child and first daughter of Kenneth John Mullen and Denise Ellen (Cosgrove) Mullen. Molly spent her early childhood years in Minneapolis, Minnesota, until her family returned to Grand Forks just before she entered second grade. Molly attended St. Mary’s Grade School and Central High School.
At the University of North Dakota, Molly received her degree in elementary education and psychology. Molly also attended St. Mary’s of Notre Dame, and Loretto Heights University. As a first grade teacher in St. Louis Park, Molly adored each and every student and loved making every day “fun.”
It was during the time that she spent teaching in Minneapolis, that she met a young dental student, and the love of her life, John Volkerding. The two were joined in holy matrimony at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Grand Forks on December 29, 1964.
Shortly after their wedding, Molly and John made their way to Quantico, Virginia, where John served as a dentist in the Navy from 1966-1968. In 1966 they were blessed with a son, Patrick John, and in 1968, just before John completed his service, they were blessed again with a daughter, Shawn Therese. In late 1968, Molly and John moved their young family back to North Dakota, settling in Fargo. In 1974, the family became complete with the arrival of another baby girl, Jennifer Ellen.
Molly was blessed to have four darling grandchildren: Briah, Abigail, Kiffin, and Jonathan. She was the world’s best grandmother, showering each one with more love, laughter, and fun than you could imagine. Molly was never without a smile when she had her grandchildren near.
Molly also found time to devote herself to organizations such as the Junior League, her bridge club, the Next to New Sale, her pot luck groups, and more. She wrapped the world in color through her color analysis business, Color Me Beautiful. An active member of Nativity Parish, Molly truly enjoyed being a Eucharistic minister.
She is survived by her husband, John, her son Patrick (Andrea) Volkerding, her daughters Shawn (Mark) Richardson, and Jennifer (Curt) Bulthuis, and four grandchildren. She is also survived by her mother, Denise Mullen, of Fargo, her brother, Michael Mullen (Jean), of Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, her sister, Margo McCulley (James), of Fargo, and some very special cousins. In addition, Molly cherished her nieces and nephews, and many grand nieces and nephews.
Molly was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Mullen and her parents-in-law, Earl and Violet Volkerding.