Molly attended Dubuque Senior High School, where she ran cross country and track. She graduated in 2008 and went on to earn her B.S. in Environmental Science from Iowa State University, graduating in 2014.
Molly ran the Bix several times, as well as the Minneapolis Marathon. She was also an Iowa State Cyclone basketball fan, and a burgeoning Cubs fan. She liked listening to podcasts and playing tennis, and was an avid reader.
Molly had a deep affinity for nature and loved spending time birdwatching and hiking in the Mines of Spain. She had a caring heart, bringing smiles and happiness to all who were around her. She also had a sense of wonder and openness to new ideas and experiences, and saw beauty in simple things, which she often captured in the pictures she took and shared of pets, friends and landscapes.