Mollie Anne Boyer, age 67, passed away peacefully on November 8, 2020 in Portland, OR with her sister and niece Trish close by. Born in Portland, Oregon on June 2, 1953, the 6th of 7 children to Clyde and Minnie Boyer, Mollie was a free and loving spirit. She attended Kellogg elementary school and St. Rita's grade school. After graduating from Parkrose High School in 1971, she began a life of travel, living in Quebec, Alaska, Hawaii, California and Oregon and exploring South Africa, Mexico, New York and Ireland and driving the Al-Can highway.
In 1991 Mollie earned an Associate of Arts degree from Kapiolani Community College in Honolulu. While she had careers in art, the culinary industry, maintenance and video production, her true passion was caring for her mother earth and all its inhabitants. In 1998 Mollie made her lasting home in the Matanuska Susitna (Mat-Su) Valley in Alaska. Together with a community of fellow enthusiasts, Mollie spearheaded a grassroots movement that humbly began with one-stop recycling events in the Wasilla Walmart parking lot and culminated in a LEED Certified recycling facility in Palmer.
Mollie was the Executive Director of Valley Community for Recycling Solutions (VCRS) for 18 years until her retirement in October 2019. Through educating school children, mentoring other communities in setting up recycling programs and encouraging businesses and fellow citizens, Mollie worked tirelessly to build community and to change the hearts and minds of individuals toward caring for our planet. In her own words: "I believe that if we see everything here on this earth as a precious resource – animals, minerals, soil, water and humans (our family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, folks we see on the streets, in the stores, all humans)– and not something or someone to be discarded or disregarded, then positive change/caring happens." Two of Mollie's favorite mottos: "Don't Feed the Landfills" and "There is No Away".
Mollie was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers John and Norbert Daniel. She is survived by brothers Clyde Jr. (Vivian), Patrick and James (Jenny), her sister Judi Duffy (Marvin), sisters-in-law Mary, Yvonne and Karen, and close companion, Joanie Kirk. She was the best of Aunties to her 31 nieces and nephews, and a truly Great Auntie to many more.
In honor of her commitment to the environment, her family is planning two celebrations of life for Mollie. One will be around Earth Day 2021 on the Oregon Coast and the other near Summer Solstice 2021 in Alaska. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VCRS in Palmer Alaska or to your favorite charity that works on behalf of those in need of a home.