Columnist and author Molly Ivins who died Jan. 31 after a seven year battle with inflammatory breast cancer, was one of the most beloved transplant Texans of many years, like her dear friend Gov. Ann Richards.
"Molly was a hero," declared her beloved former journal, the Texas Observer, Wednesday evening in it's announcement of her death. "She was a mentor. She was a liberal. She was a patriot." Anthony Zurchter, had been Miz Ivins editor and friend for many years. In his statement he released last evening he spoke lovingly of Molly. Saying,"Molly is gone, and her words will never grace these pages again for this, we will mourn. But Molly wasn't the type of women who would want us to grieve. More likely, she'd say something like, "Hang in there, Keep fightin' for freedom, raise more hell, and don't forget to laugh too."
In her second-to-last syndicated column she had been able to write she declared -- herself on "an old fashion new campaign" and vowed to use every column she had to "write about this war until we find someway to end it."
In her last column she wrote Jan. 11. In her very strong language she declared -- "We are the people who run the country, we are the deciders, and every single day, every single one of us needs to stop outside and take some action to help stop the war."
I hope we may honor and celebrate Miz Invins life by continuing her "old fashion newspaper style," and echo her refrain: "We are all the deciders." It now time to say good bye, Miz Molly you will always be in our hearts & now you are in eternal peace.
MOLLY IVINS 1944-2007