Memories of Mollie

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When I was young, I remember my mom as many things. She effortlessly moved between being my teacher and comforter, my playmate and disciplinarian. She helped my young heart heal when I hurt, and redirected me – sometimes gently, other times swiftly – when I needed guidance.

I came to know her as my confidant and biggest supporter – she was quick with encouragement and never bashful about telling me how proud I made her or how much she loved me. As I grew older, I was beyond fortunate that sweet, lively Mollie Wallace became, above all, my friend.

Mollie was a phenomenal mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and I have adored her my entire life. Until I was about 35 years old, my mom always had a job, and I greatly admired her strong work ethic. She worked as a secretary at our church, and then at our high school, where she was the secretary to the principal. At one point, she went to work for Warrior Oil, a small company owned by Mr. E.A. Obering. He was a very wealthy oil man in Oklahoma City – very distinguished and sophisticated, and my mom helped administer his personal and professional responsibilities.

My mom wasn’t formally educated, but she was incredibly smart. Mollie was sharp, self-motivated and resourceful, and she always made the most out of everything. We were barely middle class, yet I can remember when we were growing up that no matter where we went – to school, church or wherever – she always had my brother, sister and I dressed well and such that we felt proud whenever we walked through the door.

Mom also sparked my love for basketball, which is likely why I went on to play all through high school and college. Mollie was the captain of her girls’ high school basketball team in Choteau, Oklahoma. And you know what? When my brother and I were in middle school and high school playing basketball outside, Mom would come out there and play with us. That’s right – she’d play horse with us. And she would sometimes win too! She had a pretty good two-handed set shot!

To top it off, Mom was also a great cook. She was a fantastic baker and made the most amazing pies and cakes. She once even won the state baking contest with her famous Big Ben cake. Her prize was a new gas range and oven, and I remember that they came out to the house and filmed a commercial in our kitchen with my mom. Boy, was I proud of her. There we were in our little modest, three-bedroom house in Oklahoma City, and there was Mom in her apron filming a commercial for television. She was really something else.

Mollie Wallace Big Ben Cake recipeMollie Wallace turned 90 on Sunday, April 7. And as I celebrated my dear mom this year, I knew she would not be with us much longer, as she had end-stage congestive heart failure. Knowing this made it an emotional day, but it also made me reflect on how grateful I was for Mom. She lived to be 90, and she had enjoyed 64 years of marriage with my dad. They shared a truly wonderful marriage and lots of great friends. They had such a good time together. I remember them as a really fun couple, and they
were fun parents.

Last month, a week after her birthday, I lost my dear mom. Mollie was 90 years young, and I am beyond grateful for every minute I shared with her. It is such a strange feeling when you lose a parent who’s been as good as Mom was to us. You know it’s inevitable, and at a certain point, you know it’s for the best. Yet, it was still very difficult.

Here’s the blessing of it though: I got to have my precious mother in my life for nearly 66 years. I called her every single day. And I knew the day she was gone, I would miss those calls very much. I sure do. But I’m grateful that God saw fit to give me her love, joy, and wisdom.

Happy Mother’s Day to every woman who loves and nurtures a child the way my mom did. I will always believe this world was made better because of Mollie Wallace and every mother like her.

In memory of my mom, I’m sharing the recipe for her famous, blue ribbon-winning Big Ben cake. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

  

Mark H. Wallace

Category: In memoriam

About Mark A. Wallace

Mark A. Wallace was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Texas Children’s Hospital in 1989 at the age of 36. Under his leadership, Texas Children’s has grown into one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive pediatric and women’s health care organizations, garnering more than 4.3 million patient encounters annually and achieving international recognition as a referral center.

110 thoughts on “Memories of Mollie

  1. Susan Romero says:

    My sincere condolences Mr. Wallace for your mother. This memoriam is such a beautiful depiction of her extraordinary life and impact on yours. I certainly credit her for developing you into the incredible CEO and President that you are. I found your remarks on her life very admirable and impactful especially to those of us who are working mothers. I hope my children will say that about my work ethic after I gone. Wishing you God’s peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  2. Jane Cranston says:

    I’m sorry for your loss Mr. Wallace, your love for your mother shone through each of your words. I know how difficult it is to lose a mother, and sincerely appreciate you sharing your sentiments. May your mother’s love and beautiful memories carry you through this difficult time.

  3. Victoria Gomez says:

    Thank you for sharing, what blessing to have your precious mother in your life for nearly 66 years. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.
    Thank you for the recipe as well!!

  4. Edwin Nwamadu says:

    What a blessing to have your mother stay this long on this side. Mine did not stay this long but I celebrate the little she did. Please accept my condolences but we take solace in the fact that she brought up an impeccable and erudite CEO of CEOs. Thanks for those remarks about your mum and i believe that this will help our now mothers to take refocus their emphasis to leave a memorable mark in the lives of their children. The question is what shall we all be remembered for when we leave this side. Death is an inevitable way of every mortal. thanks for the recipe, We will try it out.

  5. Emma Brown says:

    To have such an amazing mom is truly GOD’s blessing. My mother has been deceased now for many years, however, the loss is still felt and always will be, especially when they were such good mothers. I love baking and cooking as well and will try this recipe in your mother’s memory.

  6. Royda Frazier says:

    beautiful tribute to a person that I wish I could have known, sound like a great mom and many happy memories for you and your family.

  7. Emily Klein says:

    What a lovely story to share and a wonderful tribute to a wonderful mom! Moms are one of your first friends and teachers, and Mollie sounds like a picture perfect role model for all moms. The cake recipe looks delicious as well! Thank your for sharing!

  8. Rhonda Spitzenberger-Brunner says:

    What a sweet tribute to your dear Mom. So sorry for your loss.

  9. Annita Spivey Stevenson says:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on your amazing mother. I am sure she was equally as proud of the amazing son she raised.

  10. Sandy Kohlhauff says:

    You have written such a beautiful tribute to your mother and I know she is smiling down on you right now. Your mother’s story is so very much like my mother’s, even winning a range and speaking to her children every day until she passed right after her 88th birthday. I send my thoughts and prayers to you and your family as you honor your precious mother on Sunday, and all days. Thank you for such a delightful message which reminds us all of the importance of family.

  11. Fernando Garcia says:

    Mr. Wallace…My sincere condolences on the passing of your mom. Thank you for sharing an emotional and passionate tribute. There is no doubt in my mind, how proud you are and will always be of your mom and vice versa with your mom being proud of you and your accomplishments. Appreciate the Big Ben Cake recipe and will make a note to add those ingredients to my shopping list.

  12. Catherine Tucker says:

    I am sorry for your loss. Your tribute is beautiful and shows the love you had. Take comfort in those many memories.

  13. Nicole Guerra says:

    I am truly sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute for a beautiful soul. I am sure your mom was just as proud of you as you were of her.

  14. Michelle Burks-Walker says:

    Mr. Wallace, what a beautiful way to honor your mom. My condolences on her passing.
    Ms. Mollie sound like an awesome wife, mother, and baker. Thanks for sharing her celebration of life.

  15. Shana Hogan says:

    Mr. Wallace…what a great tribute to your mom (so sorry for your loss). Your loving thoughts of your mom ring true of my own mother who is no longer with us, but the memories of her love, support and overwhelming kindness are still just as fresh as ever. Thank you for sharing your memories of your mom and for her recipe.

  16. Ingrid Herman says:

    Such a blessing to have such an incredible mother and friend! I always look forward to reading your blog during Mother’s Day. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Joyce Barrs says:

      Hi Ingrid,

      I work at the Health Plan. Joyce

  17. Adriana Lopez says:

    My deepest condolences on the passing of your lovely Mother, you’re so blessed to have your mom with you up to her 90th birthday, my Mother was 65th when she passed away last year and I miss her every day! Sending you a big hug, my prayers are with you and family.

  18. Jill Pearsall says:

    What a sweet tribute and walk down memory lane. Thanks for sharing this special story with us on the eve of Mother’s Day. I endear, adore and respect my mother similarly, and cherish her every day.

  19. Farah Escaloni says:

    So sorry for your loss. Your mother sounds like an amazing lady. Thank you for sharing her story with us!

  20. Melissa Cashin says:

    Sorry for your loss!
    I am honored that you have shared your story of love for your Mother with us.

    Thank you,
    Melissa

  21. Leslie K. Morris says:

    Wishing you peace and strength, Mr. Wallace. Thank you for sharing that incredibly touching story.

  22. Angela Jones says:

    Mr. Wallace,
    Thank you for sharing such a sweet set of memories of your mother. My mother passed away 26 years ago and missing her, sometimes more sometimes less, continues. I too had a mom who was a great cook! Among my favorites of hers, that I just can’t seem to duplicate, are greens, chicken and dumplings, and peach cobbler

  23. Valarie Vasquez says:

    So sorry for you loss. Thank you for sharing such an amazing story about Mollie, she sounds like a great person.

  24. Annette M. Garza says:

    Mr. Wallace, you are very blessed! I really enjoyed reading about your Mom -Mollie. You had me in tears. What a beautiful woman/ MOM. My sincere condolences to you and your family. She lived a beautiful life. Thank you for sharing memories of your mom and her recipe.
    YES, it is a strange feeling when you lose a parent! I lost my father 6years ago unexpectedly and I miss so many things about him but I am very thankful for all the GREAT memories he left us.

  25. Eleanor Aguilar says:

    My deepest condolences on the passing of your lovely Mother, Thank you for sharing this great story of your Life with the greatest and dearest Mom. What an beautiful tribute to your Mom. my prayers are with you and your family.

  26. Pamala S. Pennington says:

    Mr. Wallace, my heart goes out to you and your family for the loss of your mother. I can sympathize with you. You really favor her. She was a fashionable lady! I also loss my mother which was 3 years ago. It still doesn’t seem real. She was a true friend and I miss her so very much. I feel the love that you felt for her through the story that you are sharing. Yes, those phone calls are what I also miss. Hopefully you kept a recording of her voice. Try to hold on to it as long as you can. Listening to her voice will help you make it through the day. Thanks for sharing her recipe with us. I will try my hand at it one day.
    Blessings to you and your family during your this time of your loss.

  27. Ann McClarney says:

    Mr. Wallace what beautiful words for a beautiful soul. Sounds like she was an amazing Leader!

  28. Rachael M. Lozano says:

    Mr Wallace, sending my deepest sincere condolences. Wow, what a great tribute! What a true bleesing you to had as a role model! You will forever cheerish those sweet moments and memories. Thank you for opening up and sharing.

  29. Marsha Vanlandingham says:

    So very sorry for you loss. You Mom sounds like an amazing woman and Mom. It brought tears to my eyes to read you touching tribute to your Mom.

  30. Chevelle Wilson says:

    Proverbs 31:28 Her children shall rise up and call her blessed…
    It is a great privilege to have had your mother with you so long. I’m sure she was well please to see the hard work of being a mother pay off in such rewarding offspring. I wish you much peace and comfort in the days to come. Rest well Mrs. Mollie…you did a good job!

  31. N.Jolivet says:

    What a beautiful tribute. You, sir though are a true testament to her character. She was proud of you many times over I’m certain. Sincere condolences to you – realize that she lives on through you and yours however.

  32. Carolyn Rice says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you as you navigate this Mother’s Day weekend. What a beautiful tribute to your mom and I would have loved to have met her. You have some wonderful memories to keep in your heart.

  33. Martha J . Vega says:

    What a beautiful story. I know how hard it is to loose your parents, especially when they are so awesome. Thanks for sharing her story and God bless you.

  34. Sarah Maytum says:

    Thank you for sharing. This is such a great reminder that it is often the simple moments- cooking, playing horse (which I am also a very occasional winner of in my driveway), and daily calls, that mean the world to a parent and child.

  35. Peggy Kellum says:

    Mr. Wallace, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I still have tears in my eyes after reading the wonderful tribute to your mom. The minute I read the words “She once even won the state baking contest with her famous Big Ben cake,” I thought, I’m going to email him and ask for the recipe. But you knew we would all be asking, so it was so nice of you to share her recipe. I was gifted with my love of recipes from my mother and grandmother.

    I lost my mother in January of 2017 – Mother’s Day is still hard. Again, I’m so sorry for your loss. It sounds like your mom was as genuine as mine and much, much loved too!

    Thank you for sharing such a personal story. I so enjoy reading when you write to us.

    Peggy Kellum

  36. Ann Saye says:

    What a wonderful tribute to your mother and to a life well lived. Thank you for sharing your memories with us.

  37. Estefany M Galdamez says:

    Left speechless. I felt every single emotion in this tribute to your mother, may she rest in eternal peace. My condolences to you and your family. May God help you all get through this times. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful piece of whom your mother was. So lovely.

  38. Kim Colello says:

    What an honorable tribute to your Mother! I had a wonderful Mother named Molly Brown I adored as well. My Molly actually resembles your Mollie! As an only child I was grateful to have her for 27 years but wished for many more!
    Truly sorry for your loss; I really get what that loss feels like. Blessings to you and yours.

  39. Ghadir Sasa says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your sweet memories with all of us. You were certainly blessed to have such a special mom. As a baker myself, I was intrigued by how impactful her baking story was on you. Thanks for sharing the recipe- I will definitely try it soon!
    May God bless her soul and may you find comfort in all the memories you’ve acquired throughout the years.

  40. Blanca A says:

    My sincere condolences for the loss of your precious mother Mr. Wallace. You have an amazing mother, and I say have, because even thou she is not physically present she will always be present in your heart through all the great memories you had shared with us.

  41. Gina Marrinucci says:

    Losing a parent is especially challenging as they are not replaceable…I know, I lost my Mom several years ago. What a great story and as I, you had an amazing Mom and friend.
    Hugs to you and your family!

  42. Betty Vela says:

    Mark, My condolences to you and your family. Your story was a beautiful tribute to your mom.
    I felt the same about my mom whom I only had for 24 years of my life but she sounds like yours and I was grateful to have her the time I did. I know you will always have great memories with a good mom like that. I sure do, and this just brought back memories for me. Thanks for sharing!

  43. Kimberley M. Erving says:

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful memories of your mom. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. In thinking about my own mom she had a lot of things in common with your mom and I so enjoyed reading about your mom. Happy Mother’s Day to both our mothers in heaven.

  44. Denetrius Hunter says:

    Thank you so much for sharing Mr. Wallace! Your sweet memories of your mother brought back such precious memories of my grandmother who raised me and passed away in 2016 at age 86. I do miss her dearly, but this helped me flashback to some pretty good times with my super duper granny. My condolences to you and your family on your mother’s passing but of course through you and your family her memory lives on. Also thanks for the recipe. :)

  45. Wayne P. Toote says:

    Mr. Wallace my deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. I appreciate your reminiscence of her and the relationship you shared together. Clearly she left an indelible impression on you which explains why you’re the amazing person you have become. Thank you for sharing.

  46. Linda Wallace Means says:

    Mr. Wallace thank you for sharing your memories about your sweet mother. I am so sorry for your loss. My mom is 88 years old and I call her everyday if only for a few minutes. She tells me that those calls mean so much to her. But, I know it is really me who is getting the blessing and it will be a sad day when I can no loner make those calls. You remind us all to take advantage of the time we have left with a parent. I think I will try making the Big Ben Cake.

  47. Heather Jones says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your sweet mother, Mollie. Thank you for sharing your story and your love for her. I know your mom was very proud of you. Your being both a mother and a father to your kids through the most important years of their lives, your professional accomplishments, and for being such a wonderful human being! I know that she is still your biggest fan and greatest cheerleader! I hope this weekend brings you nothing but warm memories and the comfort only God can provide. <3 Heather

  48. El-Shaddai says:

    This was absolutely beautiful and I know your mother is proud to have a loving son who cherishes her hard work

  49. Angela Gooden says:

    This article absolutely moved me to tears! I’m sorry for your loss. The impact of a strong and loving mother cannot be overestimated. I am blessed to have a mother who is the absolute glue of my family–she loves and serves unconditionally and has instilled in me the importance of hard work and resilience. God bless all the mothers!

  50. Athena Krasnosky says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. She sounds like an amazing women and a person all of us mothers strive to be. I pray for you and your family during this time. I know you will continue to pass on her legacy and the wonderful memories you all shared. May her memory be eternal!

  51. Poonam Sarkar says:

    Thank you for sharing wonderful memories of your mom. My deepest condolences to you and your family. I think she was such an amazing person. One thing I enjoy the most cooking for my kids and you shared her stories about cooking. Thank you for sharing her recipe.

  52. Karen Wilkinson says:

    Reading about your mother and her influence throughout your life was beautiful. Thank you for sharing an intimate family experience. A blessing for all to reflect on through life. Karen

  53. DeAdra Cage says:

    Thank you so much for sharing those wonderful memories of your mother. Sounds like she was an awesome mother! Cherish those memories daily.

  54. Cindy Morataya says:

    My deepest condolences to your and your family Mr. Wallace. What sweet words that you have shared with us, it made me think about my lovely mother. Thank you for sharing her recipe, I look forward to trying to make the legendary Big Ben Cake!

  55. Mona McPherson says:

    My condolences, but all I could think of was how great it was that she was able to witness the full evolution of your career at TCH. She must have been so proud to see the fruits of her labor manifest in the success of your career. For most people, mothers make us who we are.

  56. Yolanda Roberts says:

    Mr. Wallace thank you so much for sharing your wonderful memories. Your mom was a lovely lady that made a positive impact on all that she came in contact with. We the Texas Children’s Family are benefiting from the seeds that she planted in you. My mom also has a passion for cooking. I can’t wait to get with my mom so we can make your mother’s Bid Ben Cake together. Thanks again for sharing a little bit of your mom with all of us. You are greatly appreciated and dearly loved.
    May God continue to Bless you and your family.

  57. Marsha Zimmermann says:

    My sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. Thank you for sharing this wonderful tribute. It sounds like Mollie Wallace was a true blessing to you, your family, and to many others over her 90 years. May your wonderful memories sustain you and help ease the pain of her loss.

  58. Delia Guajardo says:

    What Beautiful words!! What a life time of memories you were able to build with your mom. Thank you for sharing.

  59. Alene Whitesides says:

    What sweet memories of your Mom. I know she was thrilled to see that range delivered to her home and the old saying “now you’re cooking with gas!” What a blessing to make it 90 years! My Mom passed away at 54 which is soooo young. My Dad lived to be almost 80 and I treasured our conversations while driving home from working at my 12-hour shift at the hospital hospital. It made my drive home that much sweeter and shorter it seemed. He was a pharmacist so he was good to bounce off medical things. What a beautiful testimony!!!

  60. Susan Simnitt says:

    What a sweet tribute to your mom. I know she was proud of you and all that you have accomplished, but most importantly she was proud of the caring man that you are, which is evident by your care and concern for your employees at TCH and most importantly the families that bring their children here. I am sorry for your loss, as you celebrate Mother’s Day for the first time without her. Praying all of the memories that you had with your mom will give you peace and you will have comfort knowing her body is completely healed.

  61. Quinn Franklin says:

    The love, admiration and deeply rooted connection comes through in your words about your Mom. Thank you for opening up about her and the impact that she had on you and others around you.

  62. Terrhea Wright says:

    Mr. Wallace,
    That was such a beautiful tribute to your mother, Mrs. Mollie. My condolences to you. It brought me to tears as I remembered the loss my dear mother, Mary McKinney 3 years ago. She was proud to be employed at TCH for over 40 years. And over the moon with you as the President & CEO. Your mother raised a fine gentleman as my mother only spoke of you with high regard during her time here and after her retirement from TCH. May your heart continue to remember and cherish all the wonderful memories of Mrs. Mollie and thanks for sharing with us.

  63. Monica McGee says:

    Mr. Wallace,
    Thank you for sharing your story with us. My deepest condolences to you and your family with the loss of your dear mother. Like your Mother, my mom’s birthday is April 7th as well, She is 69 years young. A mother’s love is truly a gift from God. May God continue to bless you and keep you during this time.

  64. Judy Swanson says:

    Mark, What a wonderful tribute to your Mom. I lost my Mother 12 years ago and still miss her everyday. I am so thankful you have such amazing memories of her. God Bless and cherish the many gifts she bestowed upon you!

  65. Marcella Embry says:

    Thank you for sharing such a personal, heart-felt tribute to your mother. I can only hope I leave my children a beautiful legacy like this. My condolences for you and your family’s great loss.

  66. GLORIA EDWARDS says:

    MR. Wallace My GOD give You & Your Family His Perfect PEACE!
    My Sincere Condolences to You & Your Family.
    Thank You for sharing your Beautiful Story of your Mother.
    I Know Personally know what you are going thru right now I Just Lost my Mother. a few
    months ago. This will be my First Mothers Day also. Just Remember How Much She
    Love You & How Pride She is of You Especially On Mother’s Day,
    Just Remember YOU ARE LOVED & REPECTED & ADMIRED

  67. Susanne Denk says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your mother, Mr. Wallace. Thank you for sharing your memories of her with all of us. This makes me think I need to call my mother more often – thank you for that reminder.

  68. Anthanette Darden says:

    Mr.Wallace,
    Words truly can not express the void one feels when loosing their Mother.Your tribute to your mom was awesome as are all of your Blogs I read. I look forward to your Blogs and the words of Wisdom you share with all of us. May you continue to have those sweet memories of your mother.

  69. Margaret Stuberfield says:

    What a heartfelt and emotional tribute to your Mom. My thoughts go out to you and your family. As a working Mom, your only prayer is that your efforts are fruitful in your children. How blessed and favored you are to have had such a devoted angel in you life for so long. In sharing so much of who she was, she has touched me as well.

  70. Wanda Loveless says:

    I am deeply saddened by the news of your mother’s passing. I had the opportunity to meet both of your parents at your surprise celebration for years of service. They were an awesome couple, both proud of you as you were of them. I will always have fond memories of your parents and knowing the month of April is bittersweet. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you navigate your first Mother’s Day without Mom.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful tribute. May God continue to bless you and keep you strong.

  71. Christie Mericle says:

    Mr. Wallace,

    What a beautiful tribute to your mother and the love she shared with her children. My sincerest condolences for your loss, especially this year. Thank you for sharing her memory with all of us and reminding us working mothers that our efforts do not go unnoticed, no matter how big or how small. I share your approach to family and talk with my parents either on the phone or in person every day, cherishing the time we are given. Wishing you and your family peace and comfort this Mother’s Day.

  72. Shannon McCord says:

    Mark, thank you for sharing such a loving tribute to your mother, and heart warming story! I lost my father of 91 years this last year. My parents were married for 69 years before his passing, they were a fun couple and wonderful parents. I miss my Dad every day. Luckily, my Mother is still alive, and will turn 90 in August. What a blessing to have such a wonderful Mother, and memories that will warm your heart forever. Thanks for sharing Mollie’s story and her delicious cake recipe! Shannon

  73. Joyce Barrs says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your Mother. My prayers are with you and your family.

  74. Catherine Zdunkewicz says:

    Mr. Wallace,
    What a beautiful remembrance of your mother. You can feel the love that was in your home and your relationship with her. The Big Ben cake recipe looks delicious and I look forward to making it. How did the recipe get it’s name? I completely agree with her about the advantage of gas versus electric!
    Thanks so much for sharing your story. God bless you and your family.

  75. Janet Winebar says:

    Mr Wallace,
    What a beautiful story of your mother’s strengths and love for you. As you know, I just lost my Mom last week. She was an amazing woman, like Mollie. It is a hard time as you grieve the loss but knowing the impact these women have had on so many others, besides their children has given me great peace.
    Thanks for sharing
    Janet

  76. Roberto Brunel says:

    My sincere condolences on the loss of your dear Mother. Thank you for sharing your heart-warming story. She will be in our prayers. I lost mine a few years ago, and all I can say is that it is a process with its lows and highs. Being grateful for her gifts and the time spent together is what outshines everything else.

  77. David E. Gebo, RN says:

    Mr. Wallace,
    My deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your mother. I share your pain, as I lost my mother on April 11, and this upcoming Mother’s Day is quite bittersweet for me as well. Thank you for sharing your story, and I wish you and your family peace and blessings onward.

  78. Rosemary Campo says:

    My sincere condolences on the loss of your mom Molly Brown and your kindness in sharing her cake recipe with TCH family. Your memories are priceless !! What a wonderful memories you have shared. Know to treasure your family while they are here with us everyday.
    God bless you for the great leader you are and knowing how proud your mom was of you!!

  79. Tammy Kang says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your amazing mother. Your close connection with her and true admiration is apparent in these loving words. Thank you so much for sharing and for your continued leadership, compassion and grace.

  80. Amber Cordero says:

    Mr. Wallace,

    Thank you so much for sharing your special memories of your Mama with all of us. I am deeply sorry for your loss and I will remain in fervent prayer for you and your family. Your beautiful memoir brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing her recipe. I plan on trying this out on my family.

    God bless you and your family,
    Amber Cordero

  81. Eileen McKay says:

    My condolences on the loss of your mother. She sounds like a multitalented person and no doubt had much to be proud of! All parents can only hope that their children look back with the fondest of memories and a knowledge that their parents did their best.

  82. Doris M. Blocker says:

    Mr. Wallace what a beautiful description of your relationship with your Mother.
    Proverbs 31: 25 through 30 syays:
    She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come
    She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
    Se watches over the affairs of her houseold and does not eat the bread of idleness.
    Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also; and he praises her:
    “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”

    I believe tha honored you by giving you such a beautiful Mother and I pray that as each day passes, her memories will become sweeter to you to fulfil her absence.
    “Absent in the the body, present with the LORD!”

  83. Tessy Carpenter says:

    Thank you for sharing a little of your mother with us. I hope I leave my children with such warm, loving memories. So sorry for your loss.

  84. Mariana Pope says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your mother, Mr. Wallace! Thank you for sharing your memories of her.

  85. Nicole Sumlin says:

    So sorry for the loss of your mother Mr. Wallace! Reading this makes me tearful as I think back to losing my mom in 2014, and this is Mother’s Day weekend. I know Mrs. Mollie was proud to see all of her hard work paid off through your many accomplishments, and now she is looking down on you as a guardian angel from heaven! God Bless!

  86. Mary Lee Pruzinsky says:

    Dear Mr. Wallace, Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your mother. Thanks for sharing such heartwarming memories of your life with Mollie Wallace, your special friend and mother. I appreciate your loving tribute, her Big Ben cake recipe, as well as that wonderful photo of mother and son! May God bless you and your family!

  87. winnie givians says:

    what a wonderful tribute to your mother, condolences

  88. Jamey Griffin says:

    Mr. Wallace, my sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. She is a beautiful lady. It’s been 20 years this April since I lost my mother. I enjoyed reading your wonderful story as I have many similar memories of my own mother. May she rest in peace.

  89. Cheryl Hardin says:

    Mr. Wallace, what a Lovely tribute to your mother Mollie! In reading, it is clear to see that many of the wonderful qualities you celebrate in her are in you, too. I join you in honoring and remembering her and all the wonderful mothers. Much Love, Cheryl

  90. Dinora Arriaga says:

    What a beautiful tribute and reflection of your mother . My condolences to you and your family. Thank You very much for sharing your mothers’ award winning recipe. I hope and pray I will make your mother proud when I bake “Big Ben Cake”.

  91. Dianne Woodard says:

    MR. Wallace That was very beautiful, she sounds like a wonderful lady, my condolences. I just love her my self Thanks for sharing

  92. Holly Boyd Shippey says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful tribute you have written. You have so many beautiful memories and I know they will be precious to you through the years to com.

  93. Kalisha Carthen says:

    Mr. Wallace,
    What a beautiful tribute to your mother. May God continue to comfort you and your family! Thank you for sharing your tribute and the recipe!

  94. Marla Truesdale Gibson says:

    Mr. Wallace,
    Thank you for sharing this sweet tribute to your mom! You were very blessed to have had her for 90 years. She sounds like an amazing woman, full of love for her family. .
    I know she was very proud of all your accomplishments.
    Sincerely,
    Marla T Gibson

  95. Ila Singh says:

    What a wonderful tribute to an amazing mother! Thank you for sharing your mother’s story. My sincere condolences on your loss.

  96. Eleanor says:

    Mr. Wallace I truly enjoyed reading the article about your mother. I wanted to let you know that I went home and purchased the ingredients to bake that wonderful “Ben Big Cake” and
    it was a hit serving it to my family on Mother’s Day. Thank you very much.

  97. Frank Stowell says:

    My condolences to the loved ones your Mollie left behind. Indeed you, your brother and sister were blessed as well as the extended branches of the family. Your parents worked hard and set a good example. I too had the honor of meeting them and seeing that proud look in their eyes as we celebrated your milestone work anniversary.

    I have to ask…did you name your son after the award winning cake???

    Peace be with you.

    1. Wanda Loveless says:

      Frank, I had the same thought too.

  98. Penny O'Dell says:

    A beautiful tribute to your mom! Your description of her reminds me of Proverb 31:10; She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls.
    It was laid upon my heart to pray for you a few weeks ago, and as I suspected, it was a heart condition of another kind. You and your family will continue to be in my prayers. God is watching you!

  99. Rhonda Bolin says:

    So Sorry for your loss Mr. Wallace. I too lost my momma 10 years ago. It was the most difficult thing ever and I, quite often, caught myself thinking, “I need to call mom today”. Mom and dad were married over 62 years. Then, my dad passed just over two years ago, at 90 years old, and my sisters and I talked about, even at our age, how we felt like orphans with no parents to give us support as always in the past. My words of advice are to keep thinking of the very best memories, just like you mentioned in your tribute to your mom, to help you get through. Thank you for sharing and may you continue to be blessed with strength, peace and comfort.

  100. Alex Sardual says:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful tribute to your mother, Mr. Wallace. Losing a loved one is never easy, may you find comfort in the lovely memories you have shared with Mollie.

  101. Vicky Escalante says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your mom. Thank you for sharing. We lost mom when I was 28 years old, many many years ago. Yet her beauty and poise is still very vivid in my mind and heart.
    Lifting you and the family in Prayer.

  102. Nancy Ngo says:

    Mr Wallace, your mother Mollie was surely a wonderful mother. You were blessed to have her for that many years and I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your beautiful tribute.

    Nancy Ngo

  103. Diane Cannon says:

    Wonderful tribute to your mom. Sounds like a proverbs 31 woman. vs 28 Her children arise and call her blessed; My condolence to you on your loss. I pray that God would heal you of all the hurt and restore wholeness.

  104. Dawn Akindele says:

    You have your mother’s smile .

  105. Deepti Patel says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your mom. She would be proud. Thanks for sharing the recipe. In a way get to experience the joy your mother gave you. My thougths are with you and your family.

  106. Elizabeth Watson says:

    What an amazing mom you had Mr. Wallace. Thank you so much for sharing memories of her and your childhood with us. As I get older, I have come to realize how important it is to share ones personal journey with others. Our history and experiences are pivotal to the present and future.

  107. Delilah Sonderer RN says:

    What a special woman and mom you were blessed with I mean this sincerely. Thanks for sharing her Blue Ribbon cake recipe I know me and my family will enjoy for years to come.

  108. Kaye Pendarvis says:

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful story of the strong and wonderful woman that influenced your life. My sincerest sympathy to you and your family for your loss.

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