Mary Keenan (McCarley) East, 1922–2015

Molly East

Mary Keenan (McCarley) East, age 93, and known to all as “Molly” was gently and peacefully carried away to her heavenly home in the arms of her Savior on December 2, 2015 from her earthly home at Quail Park Memory Care Residences in Visalia.  Family, supported by the fantastic Quail Park MCR staff and Kaweah Delta Hospice personnel, had spent the last couple of days around the clock with Molly to bid her farewell.

Molly was born to Thomas and Sadie (Keenan) McCarley in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on October 13, 1922 as her parents were making their way from Ireland to their new home in the United States.  Molly would join her parents and big brother, James Keenan McCarley, who sadly preceded Molly in death, and would grow up in the Hollywood, California area, a proud graduate of John Marshall High School.

Molly East

Following her graduation, Molly would enjoy working as a PBX operator for Howard Hughes and later became an operator with the telephone company.  It was there that she met Lucille who coaxed Molly into coming to her family’s home for dinner for the ultimate purpose of introducing Molly to her brother, Art.  Well, the sparks flew, and after Art came home from the U.S. Army at the end of World War II, they were married for life on September 28, 1945.  Art preceded Molly to Heaven in December 2001.  They would be blessed with three children and were surrounded by extended family and the very best of friends, many of whom lived near them from 1947 to 1984 on 109th Street in Inglewood, California.

The day after retiring from her work as a long-time medical assistant and business manager for Dr. Senter and Dr. Patterson in Los Angeles, Art and Molly moved to their new home in Exeter, California where Molly soon became a most recognized figure in the community when she took a two-week assignment at the Exeter Chamber of Commerce that turned into an 11-year affair where she garnered recognition from Tulare County as an “Older Worker of the Year” in 1999 in addition to receiving the first ever Honorary Chamber Member for Exeter.

Molly loved, trusted and served her Lord and His church as do her children today.  Survivors include son Mike East and wife Kay, daughter Sue Journey and husband Mike, and daughter Sandy and husband Bailey, all of Exeter, in addition to numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren whom she loved so dearly.

A memorial celebration of life will be held Saturday, December 5, at 2:00 p.m. at the Exeter Church of God Chapel with a reception following in the worship center.  In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Kaweah Delta Hospice, Alzheimer’s Foundation of Central California, or the charity of your choice.

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