Molly Hanner Bristol Boswell went home to Heaven on October 26, 2008. She was born on May 16, 1950, in Oakland, CA. She was given the middle name of Hanner to honor her grandmother Mary Hanner Bristol’s family. Molly, a Christian who trusted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, entered into the presence of the Lord at Lincoln, CA, dying of a long illness.
Her parents, Lt. Commander William Bristol, USN, and his wife Jane, moved to the Long Beach/Bellflower, CA, area in the 1960s. The family has been prominent in that area and the William Bristol Civic Auditorium in Bellflower is named in memory of Molly’s father.
Molly graduated from Bellflower High School in 1968 and attended Cerritos College, where she met her husband, Michael Boswell. The couple was married on July 24, 1976. After marriage she chose a career as a homemaker and mother, raising two children.
Molly is survived by her husband Michael Boswell of Loomis, CA; daughter Heather Boswell Watts (Jason) and grandchildren Nathaniel Watts and Katelyn Watts of Sacramento; son Sean Boswell of Boise, ID; mother Jane Bristol of Bellflower; brother Bill Bristol (Joyce) of Orange, CA; brother Peter Bristol (Janice) of Atlanta, GA; and aunt Barbara Bristol Taylor (LeRoy) of Fallbrook. Molly was predeceased by her father, William Bristol, in 1985.
A private memorial service will be held November 8 on a ship sailing in the vicinity of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge with her ashes scattered at sea. This was Molly’s request due to the fact that her father’s ashes were also scattered at sea.
The family wishes to thank the many friends who kept Molly in prayer throughout the years of her long and difficult illness.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)