Molly McCombs (1949-2019)

Molly Lou (Orchard, Moyer) McCombs, age 70, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Albia, passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2019, at her home in Cedar Rapids surrounded by her family.

Molly was born on Feb. 15, 1949, in Grand Forks, N.D., to Howard J. and Mary H. (Murphy) Orchard. She grew up and attended school in Cedar Falls, graduating from the Cedar Falls Senior High School with the class of 1967. She later attended and graduated from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids with a culinary degree. On Oct. 27, 1995, she married DeWayne “Ivan” McCombs.

Molly worked as a chef, retiring from the Greenbriar in Ottumwa, and moved to Quality Assurance at Excel Corp (Ottumwa). She was a member of the Albia Baptist Temple and later of the Friendship Baptist. Molly was an excellent cook and loved to prepare meals for others.

Molly is survived by her husband, DeWayne “Ivan” McCombs; two sons, Marc T. Moyer and Michael P. Moyer; a daughter, Michelle L. Eby (Marc Eby); four stepchildren, Heather Martell, Holly Cormeny, Hillary Garmen, and Shawn McCombs; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, David Orchard; and a sister, Sara Zlateff. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, good friends, and a plethera of individuals she considered to be adopted family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Mary Orchard.

A Celebration of Molly’s life will be held at the Albia Baptist Temple at 2 p.m., on June 23, 2019. In leiu of flowers or cards, the family would appreciate donations to Breast Cancer, Colon Cancer, and ALS Foundations.

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