Mary “Molly” Murphy Rosenkrans
December 1935-August 2021
Mary “Molly” Murphy Rosenkrans passed away peacefully August 12, 2021 at Swedish Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. She fought her hardest to overcome the consequences of a stroke and subsequent seizures.
Molly was born December 2, 1935 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania to John and Mary (Quigley) Murphy. She spent her childhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended boarding school at St. Margaret’s High School in Tappahannok, Virginia graduating in 1954. She attended the University of Pittsburgh where she received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1958. While she was at the University of Pittsburgh, she met the love of her life, Don Rosenkrans, who was attending neighboring Carnegie Mellon University. They married on August 16, 1958 and together raised two children. After multiple moves around the country, they settled in Colorado in 1973 and built their home in the Sundance Hills neighborhood in Greenwood Village where she lived for the past 48 years. Molly was a dedicated homemaker and gardener, spending many hours creating a warm and beautiful home. She was most proud of her long and happy marriage and the joy she found in being a wife, mother and grandmother. She lived by her motto “Family First”. Molly was also devoted to her “family of friends”, enjoying every moment she spent with them. She was deeply loved and admired by her family and her many friends and will be greatly missed.
Molly began her teaching career as a 4th grade teacher in Rochester, New York. After having children, she returned to teaching and ultimately became a Reading Coordinator. After moving to Colorado, Molly substituted for the Cherry Creek School District for many years, specializing in long term teaching contracts. Molly was a life-long learner and an avid reader. She would stay up late at night, curled up with a good book. She especially enjoyed reading with children and committed many hours a week for several years to teaching reading to children and adults through the local library outreach program.
Molly was a dedicated volunteer in Greenwood Village serving nine years on the Greenwood Village Board of Adjustments and Appeals. She was as an active member of the Centennial Airport Citizen Advisory Committee, the Centennial Airport Legislative Task Force, and served as Vice President of UCAN. She spent countless hours and several years advocating for the Sundance Hills perimeter sound wall; advocating, designing and seeing through the completion of the sound wall that still stands today. Molly was passionate about politics and was involved with local and national political issues and served as an election judge until the decline of her health.
Molly is survived by her husband of over 60 years, Donald DeForest Rosenkrans. She is also survived by her children, Donald (Kathy) Rosenkrans, Jr. of Castle Pines, Colorado and Nancy (James) Sutton II of Sun Valley, Idaho and five grandchildren, Thomas (Kaylar) Rosenkrans, Sean Sutton, James (Hailey) Sutton III, Sarah (Austin) Bowles and Samantha Sutton.
Visitation will be Thursday, October 7, from 4:30-6 p.m. at Horan & McConaty 5303 E. County Line Rd., Centennial. A Committal Service is Friday, October 8 at 11:15 a.m. at Fort Logan. Donations can be made in memory of Molly Rosenkrans to the American Stroke Association (www.americanstroke.org) or to the Arapahoe Library Friends Foundation 12855 E. Adams Aircraft Circle Englewood, Colorado 80112.