Hurricane Katrina

Jane Mollere, 80, Waveland

Family photo of Jane Mollere, 80, Bay St. Louis. Died in Hurricane Katrina.  Hurricane Katrina victim
Photo courtesy of Emily Schulz.
Family photo of Jane Mollere, 80, Bay St. Louis. Died in Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Katrina victim Photo courtesy of Emily Schulz. THE SUN HERALD

In Hancock County, most folks knew 80-year-old Jane Mollere.

What's more, they associated her with happy occasions.

The mother of six was the longtime owner of Brewster's Jewelry Store on Coleman Avenue and a real estate agent.

"She knew everybody," said her daughter, Emily Schulz. When someone needed a wedding or birthday gift, they often found it at Brewster's.

She and her husband, Charles Brewster Mollere, rebuilt after Hurricane Camille, incorporating a hardware business they took over from a relative who decided to retire. The Small Business Administration would loan them money to rebuild only if they kept the jewelry store. So their business became Brewster's Hardware and Jewelry.

Mollere loved to socialize. She was a charter member of Nereids Mardi Gras krewe.

She belonged to St. Clare Catholic Church in Waveland.

She retired in the 1990s, enjoying her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In failing health, she refused to flee as the tide from Hurricane Katrina surged in, preferring to stay on the second floor of the Star Theater in Bay St. Louis.

Her daughter said, "She knew that was her ticket to heaven."

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