"Life is a dream suspended between the boundaries of time, space and matter"
  • 68 years old
  • Born on September 8, 1950 .
  • Passed away on September 5, 2019 .
Molly ended her dance with lung cancer on September 5th, 2019.  Molly was born in Paterson, NJ in 1950.  She was predeceased by her parents, Frank J. Pitcher and Grace A. (Thelen). 

She grew up in Hawthorne but following high school graduation, moved to Maine where she lived for most of her life.  She graduated from the University of Maine (Orono) with a BS in Child Development.  She taught school in Caribou for children with physical disabilities for three years and then pursued a career in Orthotics and Prosthetics.  She graduated from the University of Washington in 1980 and worked in Bangor.  She ran a private practice in Orthotics and Prosthetics for 20 years in Bangor.

Molly considered herself very lucky to have been involved in a variety of musical activities.  From singing with a Renaissance Baroque Ensemble when in Aroostook County to the lead singer for the Ridge Road Review who played at the Masardis Cash Store in 1976. Music took a backseat during her study of O&P but she sang for years with the Bagaduce Chorale in Blue Hill. She joined Wild Ginger, a three woman accappella group in 1995 and enjoyed performing all over Maine for 10 years. She had a love of jazz and standards and loved working with guitar as a duo.   She also sang with the Plus Four Jazz Quintet and enjoyed singing and bringing out many delightful tunes.  She got to sing these marvelous standards for many audiences and it was a thrill for her everytime.  

She is survived by her beloved husband, Dean D. Harrison, East Boothbay.  She is also survived by her brother Michael Pitcher and Judi (McGuire) Pitcher of Ashland, VA and many nephews, nieces and grandnieces and nephews in NJ, greater Bellingham, WA, Seattle WA and Richmond, VA. 

"I leave you with thoughts of music and kindness. One never goes wrong when choosing kindness as a way to react to any situation.  Keep a song in your heart and especially a sense of humor." ~ Molly

Please check back for information regarding her Memorial services to be held in BoothBay this fall and in Deming Washington sometime this winter.  Donations may be sent to the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library or the Boothbay Community Center.

Posted by Hilary St Jean on September 12, 2019
Molly said much with few words. Her voice rang through music and humble expression. For someone I’ve known for a short time, I find Molly quite a person of impact, of impression, warmth, beauty, humility, humor and wit. She accomplished all of this with simplicity and subtlety. She loved walking the “loop” around my parents’ and her and Dean’s neighborhood. Nature drew her naturally and she embodied the apparent ease of nature’s grace and delight.
Posted by Martha Gilchrist-Oster on September 11, 2019
Remembering the years of our Christmas Eve dinners. So, So Sad.
Posted by Nancy Anderson on September 11, 2019
Beautiful person who touched everyone with her kindness. So many wonderful memories growing up with Molly. Our deepest sympathies to Dean, Michael, Judi and family.
Posted by Diane McDonough on September 11, 2019
My dad was one of Molly's lucky clients for orthotics. I remember making trips to her office for fittings, etc. But what always struck me, other than her knowledge and professionalism, was her kindness. She was kind to patients, their families, and everyone involved. As a teenager, that made an impression of me and I have thought of that many times in my life. She was a light during a dark time for our family and I have always appreciated that, and now wish I could have told you. My deepest sympathies to her family.
Posted by Janice Abbott Ellis on September 10, 2019
I remember Molly as a happy, spirited person. Sending my deepest sympathies to you, Dean........ Janice Abbott Ellis
Posted by Martha Gilchrist-Oster on September 10, 2019
Molly, we have had more fun in the past. Dinner parties, sitting and laughing at silly jokes. We tried to follow your music when we could.
What a shock to learn you've gone on to your next adventure.
Molly was kind and generous.
We love her.  Martha and Larry
Posted by Bruce Cassaday on September 9, 2019
It is a great loss to humanity any time the world loses a sweet soul ...one that enriches us with her kindness, her soft words of encouragement for other artists...and her love to share her music and the arts to make this world a better place.....her presence and spontaneity on the stand will live in my heart always... it was always an honor to "work" with her...and know that her voice, her grace, her style... made the world around her a much more beautiful place... may we carry on with her journey to make the world a better place, with light of art and humanity....and pass it on...and on......
Posted by Helen King-Atallah on September 9, 2019
Molly we will miss you and love your music, so pleased to spend time with you;

Here is a little poem from another strong woman;

When you use to be,
there is a hole in the world,
which I find myself
constantly walking
around in the daytime,
and falling in at night,
I (we) miss you like hell.

Edna St Vincent Millay

Your music lives on and we will see you around the bend !! XXOO
Posted by Evita Cobo on September 9, 2019
Molly’s death brings such sadness and grief to me and many of us who knew her in the jazz community. Last summer we were part of Bobby McFerrin’s Circle Singing Workshop at Omega. It was profound experience and she was, as usual, fully immersed and radiant as she explored this new experience in the singing world. I’ll always remember her joy, humor and genuine kindness. She had an innocence and a deep sense of wisdom. She was unique and down to earth. I’ll miss her so much. ❤️
Posted by Nicole St Jean on September 9, 2019
A few years ago my parents retired to Boothbay and Molly became a dear friend of my mom's. I live in Cali and I heard lots about "Molly and Dean" when my mom and I would catch up over the phone.

I knew from my mom's description of Molly that I would like her very much. Molly had a warm, acerbic wit and was the kind of person who seemed to ground other people. Those types of people are rare and you can tell other people were drawn to be around her. My dad was an equal admirer of Molly's spirit and humor.

When we were in Maine a few weeks ago, we were fortunate to spend some time with Molly and Dean. Molly baked some ginger bread and left it at the house. Such a kind and appreciated gesture. And she also managed to make it through a birthday party for our (now) 6-year old!
She and Dean are an amazing couple in humor and affection. Our family sends our hugs to Dean from this coast. 

I had hoped the mortal world would get to enjoy Molly's spirit a little longer.
She seemed to really feel and have gratitude for its joys, its flora and fauna and the natural beauty of Maine. It feels terrifically unfair to lose her so quickly.

Much respect to you Molly. Thank you for being such a wonderful presence in our life. Thank you for being such a dear and beloved friend to my mom. <3

Posted by Debbie St Jean on September 9, 2019
Friendship by definition is a combination of affection,loyalty,love,respect,and trust. Molly was that type of person for me. She embraced my flaws and without saying much encouraged me to be a better person. Witty,Smart and oh yes Beautiful. She shared with us her love of music and sang expressively with each note. Having been able to do this while ill have us a gift to long remember. Her presence will be hugely missed but her spirit will live on in all of us. 
Posted by Jen Field on September 9, 2019
I met Molly when I started working for The Community Center. She was so kind, caring and always had a smile on. We, here at the Center, are saddened by her loss and we will be thinking of her every day, she was a part of the family here.
Posted by Ann Delaney on September 9, 2019
I met Molly around fifteen years ago at a jazz jam. She was beautiful, elegant, smart, and very funny. The first thing that always comes to mind when I think about her is how she would light up and smile when she saw you. She was also kind and other musicians loved her because she was so considerate and also took music seriously even though she obviously had so much fun when she was singing. She was a joy to watch. It's hard to believe someone so full of life and joy could be gone, which is a testament of how much Molly enjoyed life and her friends and Dean. The world has lost some magic with her gone. 
Posted by Mark Sisco on September 9, 2019
Molly's death grieves me deeply. She was probably my oldest friend. We've known each other since we were both in our mother's wombs, and probably before that. She was a lively, passionate and loving soul.
Posted by Aira Thompson on September 9, 2019
My aunt Molly was like sunshine! She could light up any room with her bright personality, wit, smile, and warmth.  She was kind, generous, funny, and beautiful. She always had a joke or smart comment to bring a laugh or smile.  She will be missed but will live on forever in our memories.  ❤
Posted by Chris Popper on September 8, 2019
I am so sorry to see this. Molly made orthotics for our son Craig. She was a very caring person
Posted by Barbara Daniels on September 8, 2019
Molly is one of my favorite friends and jazz vocalist. We met years ago at Jazz in July at UMass. She is a balanced, kind, happy, lovely person who enjoy ed life and especially her husband. 
Music gave Molly her glow. She was an extremely talented musician who loved nothing more than listening and complimenting the music of others. 
In July of 2017, five of us (who became forever friends from our first time at UMass together) celebrated our 30th anniversary where we got to enjoy music together. Molly's was so happy to be with us. When we drove places, Molly walked. 
Iva, Evita, Val and myself love Molly dearly.
We all met with something strong in common: We all love Sheila Jordan! Molly will be remembered forever. She is unique and will live in my heart.
Love, Barb
Posted by RayKaren Buyno on September 8, 2019
Beautiful memories and photos of a beautiful person gone too soon. Ray and Karen

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