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Molly McLean

Molly C. McLean

Friday, July 22nd, 1994 - Tuesday, May 26th, 2020
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Molly C.McLean of Newton, MA died May 26, 2020 after a long battle with addiction. She was 25 years old. Molly leaves behind her precious daughter, Rylie, her parents Mary and John, and her sisters Meghan and Katie. She also leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends. She was predeceased by her grandparents, Theresa and Peter Grealy of Duxbury, MA, Marjorie and Walter McLean of Newton, MA, her godmother Judith Silva, her loving uncle Jay Davies, and her favorite aunt, Mame McLean.

Molly’s childhood was filled with full face smiles, constant laughter, and many dips in Hampton and Duxbury beach. She cherished walks to the corner store to grab a morning donut with her Grampa McLean, and the $5 bill her Nana McLean slipped her for an afternoon at the arcade. She would have never left the water with her Nana Grealy if she didn’t have to. She danced and sang the days away with her Papa Grealy. It is hard to think of a time she didn’t have a microphone in her hand belting out a Britney Spears song.

As she got older, her theatrical nature followed her. She was witty. She was funny. She was always laughing. She was the hair and make-up professional of the family, and she was not afraid to let you know if your outfit “had issues”. She loved an illegal window tinting, and riding low in her car. She loved Justin Bieber and Luke Combs.

But mostly she loved her daughter. Rylie is Molly’s spitting image. She never stops talking. She refuses to wear anything that is not a Disney princess dress. She makes us laugh so hard. She absolutely loves being in the water, but only with matching sunglasses and sandals. We feel so lucky to have a piece of Molly still with us. They say it takes a village, and we know that Rylie is surrounded by one.

Molly struggled for many years. She fought addiction over and over, and never gave up. She was strong willed and determined. She ultimately became clean for the final time at Harmony Hills, and this lasted an amazing and life changing 20 months. We could not be more thankful. She was proud to be part of her AA groups, and her home groups, specifically Bennington House, The Savin Hill Group and Fresh Start. We are so grateful to her wonderful friends that supported her. She cherished each of you so much.

In lieu of flowers, Molly’s family asks that you hug your kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews a little tighter. The family will be holding an outdoor visitation event from 2-6pm on Sunday, May 31st at Burke and Blackington Funeral Home 1479 Washington Street, Newton MA 02465. Masks and social distancing are required. Please bring a pen if you wish to sign the guestbook. We completely understand those who would not feel comfortable attending given the COVID19 pandemic we currently face. We thank you all for your outreach, thoughts, and prayers now and throughout Molly’s battle. Beyond darkness and pain, there is light and joy.

Lastly, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. If you are struggling, there is help for you. There is always an ear to listen, a shoulder to lean on, and a hand to hold. Celebrate small victories. And most importantly, just keep going. Please don’t stop attending your meetings or whatever it is that works for you.

Mol – It wasn’t easy and you weren’t perfect. But, damn, did you give it hell. We love you to the moon and back.
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    Sunday, May 31st, 2020 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday, May 31st, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Burke & Blackington Funeral Home
    1479 Washington St.
    West Newton, MA 02465
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Dee payton

Posted at 09:06pm
Dont know your loved one. How brave of you to put the truth of the struggles addiction. How painfully honest to describe all the shades of your dear daughter, the ups and downs. I share your agony of watching a cherished loved one disentegrate. Despite the boundless love you have for them. I will spare you my details. I survive minute by minute only by the knowledge that they are truly now in a better place full of sun. Blessings and joy for your grandchild. May she know only happiness


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Posted at 09:14pm
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Seán Grealy

Posted at 08:27am
John, Mary, Meghan and Katie, we are so sorry to hear of the tragic loss of your daughter and sister Molly. Be assured you are in our thoughts and prayers at this distressing time.

Seán and Róisín Grealy, Galway

Patti, Jason, and Jessica

Posted at 09:35am
Our hearts are broken for the entire McLean family. Molly was a treasure and we are blessed to have Rylie to continue the memories.
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Nancy Sharby

Posted at 02:40pm
I have never met you or your daughter, but know that we have walked in the same shoes many times over and share the same pain. I would like to thank you for the courage you have shown in sharing your daughter's story with us. May the passage of time help you find peace and live in grace.

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