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Molly M. Williams

Molly M. Williams, 40, of Newton, on July 24, 2020. Beloved wife of David Cohen. Adoring mother of Benjamin Cohen. Cherished daughter of Lucy Williams and her partner Stan Rauch. Loving sister of Michael Williams. Affectionate caregiver of Eunice. Preceded in death by her father, Jonathan Williams.

Molly cared deeply about everyone she knew. With generosity, humor, and the largest of hearts, she made family and friends from all parts of her life feel special. She never failed to remember a birthday or special moment, often showing up with cupcakes in hand. Molly’s family and friends could feel her love from near and far.

Molly was born in Brookline. She attended Pierce Elementary School from Pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, and then Brookline High School. She spent many happy summers as a camper at Tripp Lake in Poland Springs, ME. In college, she graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Sociology. She was an important part of her cooperative living community at 660 Stewart, and brought so much laughter, friendship, and a love of baking apple pie to her shared coop home. She found a love of teaching and completed her dual masters degree at Bank Street College of Education in Special/General Education in 2007. Molly was a teacher for many years, working her first job at Churchill School for children with special needs, then as a Kindergarten teacher in Chinatown in the New York City public schools for two years and most recently at the Cabot Elementary School in Newton, where she was a beloved first grade teacher for 11 years. She gave of herself in school just as she did at home— with attentive devotion, kindness, and love. Year after year, she dedicated herself fully to each child’s educational advancement and emotional well-being.

Molly loved dancing with friends, reading books, watching films and cuddling with her husband, Dave. She was a devoted, warm, and attuned mother to her 3-year-old son. She loved playing and reading with Ben. Molly also had very close, best friends who remember her as a loyal, passionate, hilarious and caring friend. Molly had an amazing memory for details about people, a quirky, one-of-a-kind sense of humor, funny abbreviations and expressions (Molly-isms), and a devotion to sending homemade cards. Her open, nonjudgmental stance, genuine care and intimacy in her relationships and friendships made those who knew her feel deeply loved, deeply seen, and deeply attended to by Molly. Molly’s time was too short, but it was time spent loving generously, and her impact will live on through all those she enriched. Molly made those around her feel uniquely and profoundly loved, a gift that is held and cherished by her loved ones.

A family service will be held privately on the morning of Wednesday, July 29, 2020. A Zoom memorial observance will follow for friends and family Wednesday, July 29th from 2pm-4pm EST. Contact family for details.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Raising a Reader at and to the education fund for Ben in honor of Molly at


Molly M. Williams

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Jennifer Hyde

August 4, 2020

Dear Molly's family....
My son, Sam Bronstein, was in Molly's second grade class at Cabot School. She was the epitome of a warm, sweet, kind, caring, and funny elementary teacher. Sam adored Ms. Williams and he looked forward to being in her class every day. Even when I bumped into Molly this last year she remembered every detail and was eager to know that Sam was doing well. It was very touching and we felt blessed to have known Molly. Molly's spirit will live on in her son and those who loved her.
Our sincere condolences,
Sam and his family

Darron “DeDe” Louie

July 31, 2020

Molly, we met in the 7th grade when I transferred to Pierce from another Brookline Public School. You were so welcoming and warm when I arrived. Thank you for alway being kind and sweet. You were definitely one of the most friendliest and kind-hearted person from Pierce. I am in shock and heartbroken to hear about your passing. Condolences to all your family, friends and the lives you impacted with your goodness. Love and Pierce Pride forever.

Marisol Martin - Diou

July 31, 2020

Molly was my best friend (1 of 3) growing up during the Pierce days. She was so sweet, tender, soft spoken and more reserved, the opposite of me. Her friendship and acceptance of me truly did save me in so many ways. I never did get to tell her how much I loved her and still love her. I will never forget the one time we shook soda bottles, opened them up and how they exploded in her kitchen!! Or how she got grossed out and then laughed at me when I told her I had a crush on her brother. Or how she bursted out laughing during an SNL show. So many wonderful memories of her laughing and her beautiful smile. What a great soul she was. My condolences to her family and loved ones. Hugs to her husband, son and to Lucy, Stan and Michael.

Linda Swain

July 29, 2020

Molly - I feel like the luckiest parent in the world because both of my children (Luca and Marina) were blessed by having you as their teacher. You encouraged a love of reading and helped them discover their strengths. The entire Swain/Guzzi family is missing you and sends our love and hugs to your family.

Lucy Berk-Fisher

July 29, 2020

My oldest childhood friend, my Cornell college roommate. I have so many memories of you and I in high school and college. It was just a few weeks ago we texted and exchanged photos of our families. I wish I had stayed in touch more frequently with you. You have a special place in my memories and my heart. So many great times laughing, crying, singing, dancing, being silly together. I love you Mollster, I miss you. Condolences to your friends and family. Love, Lucy


July 29, 2020

Ms. Williams (My cousin - our inside joke)
I am truly going to miss you. I am going to miss sneaking aside you and hugging you.

To the wonderful family of Ms. Williams - thank you for sharing her with all of us at Cabot. I am truly sorry for your loss and hope you are all leaning on one another for support. You will forever be in my thoughts.

My sincere condolences,

Richelle Smith

David Russell

July 28, 2020

Molly was a dear friend to me in college and beyond. It's hard to sum up how amazing she was in a single memory, but I'll try. When I lost a sister to cancer, I posted an announcement to social media. Almost immediately, I received a call from Molly, who was already in tears, even though she didn't know my sister, and even though we hadn't been in touch for a couple of years. She just cared that deeply about people, and wanted to check how I was doing. What a friend; what a person. She will be sorely, sorely missed.

Emily Nunez

July 28, 2020

I only knew you for two years at Cabot and felt a genuine respect and affection for you as an educator. You were so welcoming and inclusive. You always advocated strongly for students and said what you thought. Cabot will miss you so much and so many will carry with them fond memories of you.
Rest In Peace

Laura Goodspeed

July 28, 2020

Molly, I always enjoyed talking to you and I loved babysitting for you those times when Ben was tiny. You were always so sweet and kind and I know the Oberman girls always loved spending time with you as well. Rest in the sweetest peace and my condolences to everyone who feels your loss. ❤️🕯

Melissa Nash

July 27, 2020

Molly, you were so very welcoming to me and every other teacher at Cabot! You ran your classroom with such love and organization! I loved that we could discuss deeper things such as anxiety and pregnancy struggles. I will always remember you eating your french fries right up to the point that your fingers touched them and you would make a pile of french fry nubs to throw away. I also took away your goodbyes to students at the end of every day by doing a “chicken wing” with them and I will continue to do that with my students in your honor. Cabot, and everyone’s lives that you have touched will have a missing piece forever. Rest In Peace Molly! ❤️