Maura Molloy’s life has been defined by music.
Now, loved ones of the Westchester County educator and musician must rely on numerous video recordings of her performances if they hope to experience her brilliant, angelic voice again.
Molloy, from Rye, died at home on Monday August 1 at the age of 62 following a “long and courageous battle with lung cancer”, according to her obituary.
“Adorning this world with her presence” on June 18, 1960, Molloy was the eldest of seven children born to Joan and Joseph Molloy, according to her memorial.
She then graduated from the School of the Annunciation in 1974 and from the Académie Notre-Dame de la Victoire in 1978 before earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the Catholic University of America in 1982. .
This was followed by a master’s degree in vocal performance from Mannes College of Music in New York.
“Maura loved music and was a natural performer,” reads her memorial.
“She always shone, whether in high school concerts, high school musicals, Irish restaurants or Carnegie Hall. She cherished bringing joy and emotion to every production.
Relatives said Molloy was proud of her 35 years as a much-loved music educator, teaching guitar, piano and voice to hundreds of children.
Later, she used her talents to start her own business, Maura & Co., where she spent more than 20 years helping brides-to-be select “the perfect music for the perfect wedding.”
“If you want pageantry when you walk down the aisle, you need a trumpet,” Molloy says in one of his company’s YouTube videos.
“If you want to create a feeling of elegance, nothing says it better than a string quartet playing Mozart.”
His impressive career has seen Molloy perform for popes, presidents and numerous classical and philanthropic events, according to his obituary.
Relatives said she was particularly proud of her contribution to memorial services and funerals for victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
“She will be fondly remembered for her ability to guide countless families through some of their most joyous occasions and their most difficult times with her musical expertise and beautiful voice,” reads her memorial.
A visitation was scheduled for Friday, August 5 from 3-8 p.m. at McGrath & Sons Funeral Home, located in Bronxville.
A Christian burial mass will be celebrated the following morning at 11 a.m. at Annunciation RC Church in Crestwood.
In lieu of flowers, Molloy’s family said donations in her name could be made to the Catholic University of America, the Rome School of Music, Drama and Art or the School of the Annunciation.
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