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Mary "Molly" Wallin


Molly Wallin and Brambletyne Valor

Molly Wallin, 80, of Tomball, Texas, entered into Heaven August 4, 2001. Although originally from the horse-crazy state of Virginia, Molly's love for horses was first allowed to blossom when the uncle of her husband, Burt, first introduced her to his mixed herd in Texas well over 50 years ago. His horses were Arabian, Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds. Molly immediately immersed herself in the horses while still caring for her family and other duties.

From an accomplished Arabian competitor and judge to a successful FEI dressage competitor, Molly inspired many with her exacting requirements for quality, remarkable dignity and ability to maintain a healthy balance between her marriage and her infatuation with horses. Molly was unstinting in her praise AND her critiques. Whether one was an amateur or professional made no difference in her standards --although she was known to say that professionals should adhere to the strictest standards in all their actions. In all her endeavors Molly emphasized the functional usefulness, the beauty and the talent of the horse. The well being of her horses was always more important than competition. Throughout her life, Molly received many equine related awards and recognitions, the latest being USDF Region 9 Horseperson of the Year 2000. Molly's last partner, Brambletyne Valor +\, will continue sharing Molly's spirit as he "teaches" future FEI riders.

Molly spent her years while on this earth sharing her love, compassion and forgiveness with her family, many, many friends, Christian brothers and sisters, as well as, with acquaintances. When repeatedly faced with personal adversity, Molly continued to do the next right thing, taking every day on a day-by-day basis, never losing her care for those others around her. Molly's fight with cancer never dimmed her vivacity nor lessened her interest in people. As a horsewoman passionate about horses and dressage and passionate about furthering the art for her own benefit, as well as, that of her friend Valor, while still being passionate in helping "people" friends, Molly Wallin exemplified what we should all try to emulate.

She is survived by her husband Burton, 4 children, Burton, Jr., Susan Inman, Kent and Kirk, 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Walk to Emmaus Ministry, (Luke 23:13-32) P.O. Box 73167, Houston, Texas 77090.

There are special people who touch our lives in a certain way and having known them we will never be the same.

Sadly submitted by Tevia McLaren

Photos by Olva Stewart Pharo taken at the last HDS Show at Bear Creek

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Last update: 8 October, 2005