Molloy family photo in 1992 with Liliane Yerex, 99, standing. Seated on the stairs bottom left Robert (Bob) Molloy, Natli Molloy, Margaret (Peggy) Molloy-Lutz. Second row: Natli VanDerWerken, Thomas Molloy, Carolyn Mulligan. Back row: John Molloy and Robert Molloy, Jr. Photo courtesy of Natli VanDerWerken
Natli Yerex Molloy was a force of nature in Greenwood Village for half a century
BY FREDA MIKLIN
Natli Yerex Molloy died peacefully in her sleep June 13, 2018 at the age of 91, nearly four years after losing her husband of 63 years, Robert J. (Bob) Molloy. Natli and Bob were the parents of three daughters and three sons.
Natli was born April 6, 1927, to Lowell Yerex and Liliane Rasmussen.
She attended St. Joseph’s University in Buenos Aires, Argentina, then transferred to St. Mary’s, Notre Dame, where she met her future husband, Bob.
Bob and Natli Molloy were married in 1951 and moved to Colorado. Bob was a WWII veteran who graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in chemical engineering and worked for Martin Company (later Martin Marietta and now Lockheed Martin Space Systems). Bob died July 12, 2014, after a long battle with cancer.
The Molloys bought property in the rural area of Greenwood Village and set out to build a house in 1965. Bob designed the house and Natli was the general contractor. They poured the foundation the day of the 1965 flood. All their children were sitting in the family’s 1960 Buick Electra 225 while the rain fell in buckets and the cement trucks slipped in the mud, sliding closer and closer to the High Line Canal. Builders who lived in the area were taking bets that Natli couldn’t get that house built. She did it in six months and under budget.
In 1977, Natli was elected to the Greenwood Village City Council. She remained there until 1985, then ran for mayor, losing to Freda Poundstone. Not one to give up on the city she loved, she turned her attention to the Greenwood Village Arts and Humanities Council, where she served for over 20 years. She was the driving force behind saving the one-room schoolhouse Curtis School, which her two youngest sons attended, and making it the Curtis Center for the Arts.
She was the leader of the Greenwood Village Farmers 4-H group for 20 years. The 4-H members, including the Molloy children, planted trees from CSU along both sides of University Boulevard (which was a two-lane road) from the fire station south to Orchard Avenue. Some of the trees are still there.
Throughout her life, Natli was intimately involved with the growth of the city, working to maintain the rural character that drew so many residents, while reaching out to John Madden, Buz Koelbel and other developers to create a sound financial foundation for the city. Greenwood Village Mayor Ron Rakowsky called her a “founding mother” of the city and recalls her as a positive force who cared about everything that happened in Greenwood Village. Heather Vidlock, Greenwood Village’s community development director recalled Natli as an iconic figure who interacted with everyone on anything related to development. This reporter saw Natli Molloy many times while serving 11 years on the GV Board of Adjustments and Appeals. She often came to testify when variances to the city’s zoning code were sought by new homeowners. Natli knew the history and she was very protective of the rules that made Greenwood Village unique and beautiful.
Natli Yerex Molloy grew up in Central and South America, particularly in Honduras and Argentina, later moving to Los Angeles, Calif. She spoke fluent Spanish. She often went flying with the pilots who worked for her father, Lowell Yerex. Natli and her brother went down into the cone of an active volcano, visited Errol Flynn on his yacht in the Caribbean with her brother, studied ballet and was a wonderful dancer. She loved the music of Henri Mancini, Mantovani, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass and Johnny Mathis.
On Natli’s final Sunday on this earth, her eldest daughter and namesake put together a playlist of the music she loved and played it for her. She told her daughter that she loved Cole Porter’s, Begin the Beguine. She said, “They played it all the time in Central and South America because it was so beautiful.”
Natli Yerex Molloy will be laid to rest in Fort Logan National Cemetery alongside her husband Bob Molloy.
The Rosary will be held June 26 at 9:45 a.m. followed by the Mass at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Littleton. Burial will be at noon at Fort Logan National Cemetery and celebration of her life between 1 and 4 p.m. at the Inn at Hudson Gardens.
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