A. Molden Obituary

A. Jane Molden
A. Jane Molden
A. Jane Molden

May 22, 2006
Born in Weeping Water, NE
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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A. Jane Molden passed away peacefully on Monday, May 22 at Taylor House Hospice after a lengthy illness. Friends may gather at 1 p.m. on Wednesday May 31, at Dunn's Funeral Home to celebrate Jane's life. The memorial service will follow at 2 p.m.

Jane was born in Weeping Water, NE and graduated from Weeping Water High School. She received a Baccalaureate degree from Schauffler College in Cleveland OH and a Master degree from the Princeton Theological Seminary.

Jane was active in camp ministries and served as a counselor and leader at camps in 40 states. Some of these camps included Head Start, World Affairs high school conferences, study tours to New York City, Washington D.C., Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico, at camps for Lakota, Winnebago, Sac and Fox youth and for the children of migrant workers.

During her career, Jane was Campus Minister at the Frisbie House Congregational Christian Student Center at Iowa State University, Director of Christian Education at First Congregational Church in Ames, Director of Community Outreach for Congregational Churches in Kansas City MO, North Central Regional Director for American Friends Service Commission and Director of the Willkie Settlement House.

Jane retired from Grand View College in 1993 after serving for 23 years as the Director of Academic Support Counseling. Over the course of her life's work, Jane nurtured, advocated for and mentored children and youth.

Always active in the communities in which she lived, Jane served on numerous boards and commissions dealing with issues of health, housing, peace, disabilities, education, children and racism. She served as a member of the Health Planning Council of Central Iowa, League of Women Voters, Committee on Hard Core Unemployment, Blacks in Management, Des Moines Area Religious Council, Board of the Family Counseling Center, Consortium of Higher Education, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Council, Des Moines Human Rights Commission, Learning Disabilities Council and the George Washington Carver Committee at Simpson College.

Jane was selected as Advisor of the Year at Grand View College, is listed in Who's Who in America, and in the International Who's Who of Community Leaders.

Jane attended the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and heard Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver the "I have a dream" speech live on August 28, 1963.

Jane had a life-long love of sports. She was a state champion softball pitcher in Nebraska, pitched for the men's team at Princeton and sponsored a boy's basketball team in Ohio.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions should be directed to Taylor House Hospice or Grand View College for a minority student scholarship in her name.





Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
2:00 PM


Grand View College
1200 Grandview Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50316