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Loving hands

Mollie Gallup's story of loss!

It was 1949, when I was 15 years old John and I got married. We lived in a small blue house off Hinkson Creek Road. On land I lived on my whole life. John and I had four children, three boys and a girl.John was a laborer and I was a stay at home mother. I was a caretaker for a long as I can remember. I helped care for my brothers,sisters, and parents.
Money was tight, however we had food on the table and cloths on our back.Later our grandchildren came, we helped raise them also. We raised pigs, rabbits,and chickens, planted a garden to make ends meet.
In the 60's my father sold me part of the land for $10.00. We built two houses over the years on a small 4 acres plot on Hinkson Creek Road. In 1971 we built our second home out of old nails and lumber that came from the first house.
In 1982 I found out I had breast cancer. I had one breast removed. In that same year we lost our son at the young age of 23 years old. Soon after in that same year i lost my mother. John was my support through everything. We were inseparable unless he was working. We enjoyed arrowhead hunting, fishing and walking for old bottles and cans to get extra spending money.
In the 90's John found out he had altimerzers. For about 20 years we lived of social security.Living from pay day to pay day.
In 2010 John got sick with pneumonia and was hospitalized. I was told our home was in need of repair before John could go home. I thought out of the goodness of my daughter's and grandson's heart they offered to remodel our home so that John and I could remain together at home.I did give permission for the remodel our home for us to get back home.
Within days my whole world turned upside down.John and I mover to our grandson home with the understanding that our home would be done in two weeks. What was supposed to be a remodel of the home turned into a complete tear down of our home. I was told all this needed to be done so we can be together. Weeks turned into months and now almost two years. The house is just sitting their. It never was finished as I was promised.
Then there was a family problem and I was escorted off my grandson's property. I tried to take my husband but the police would not allow me to take him. So I have to go without my husband without a choice. I moved with our youngest son and his family. I kept hope that the house would bet done so we could be together again. Instead our daughter took me to court for guardianship and conservatorship. The judge granted it without me being able to say what was happening. that meant John had to stay where our daughter wanted him to be. I lost everything. I could not be with my husband or go home. I have only seen my husband 12 times since this all started. I have know means for transportation, everyone that I get to take me on the 60 mile round trip is told they can't go on their property. I can't afford an attorney so that I can get court ordered visits either. I thought I had a little hope when our daughter called last week to say she was putting my husband in a nursing home. I knew then I would be able to see him everyday if I wanted.Now out of the blue our daughter calls me to tell me that they are moving my husband out of state, and I will never be able to see my husband again. I feel like our daughter is abusing her authority by keeping us apart without a choice. I feel this is a form of elderly abuse. I need help with this problem.
I love my husband with all my heart, we only want to go home to live out the rest of our days together!

Mollie B. Gallup
Columbia Missouri

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R.I.P John says ... on Sunday, Apr 29 at 2:35 PM

As most of you may or may not know it is to late,John passed in feb and Mollie still don't have her house.

concernedforyou says ... on Tuesday, Jan 10 at 3:36 PM

Legal aid won't help with nothing. The law needs to be changed. How to do that is the next step.

Carla D Short says ... on Monday, Jan 9 at 6:00 PM

Hello as I read this article I cried for Mollie an John!! This family is SO WRONG for what they are doing! Someone an all please help this family, this Husband & Wife need each other right now before it is to late!! They are in my prayers!!

Carla D Short says ... on Monday, Jan 9 at 5:58 PM

As I read this I cried for Mollie & John! This family is SO WRONG FOR WHAT THEY ARE DOING!!!

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Cindy Gipson says ... on Saturday, Jan 7 at 7:28 AM

She needs to call legal aid to get help and the house can be done if we all pull together to help her. I can give my skills and time.we will have to find people to donate the things we need. Come on people stand where most fall.

Anonymous says ... on Saturday, Jan 7 at 5:47 AM

A investigation will not work she had tried to get help from div. of aging and their is nothing they can do to help!!!!!

Nick Fleschute says ... on Saturday, Jan 7 at 5:43 AM

i want to help! Brea is my sister not really but im like her brother. i dont think this is needed for her to see him. she deserves to see him wether he needs hospitalised or not. i also think the doughter is abousing her athority over John.

heygrandma says ... on Saturday, Jan 7 at 3:35 AM

A phone call should be made to the Elder Abuse Hotline. If any family member of Mollie and John's are reading this or if there are any good Samaritans in Columbia........PLEASE step up and get an investigation going immediately 800-392-0210

steve brindley says ... on Friday, Jan 6 at 11:56 PM

What has happended to this couple is an outrage. How can u treat your family this way? The very people that loved u unconditionally now have been disrespected in the worst way. Stop and think why you think u have the right to act the way you have.

Steve Brindley says ... on Friday, Jan 6 at 11:44 PM

This is in regards to the lady who now has literally lost her husband . What i believe from the story that was posted, it sounds like their intentions were in the couples best interest. what is happening now is wrong. please help her, she needs it .

Anonymous says ... on Friday, Jan 6 at 11:38 PM

It's crazy that someone like a family member can rip apart a family like this. It's like he is a child and has no rights either. They acting like children!!!

concernedforyou says ... on Friday, Jan 6 at 11:38 PM

It is John and Mollie's dying wish is to be together until the end. Someone needs to help this problem. She lives on disability income and can't afford an attorney that will cost over $5000.00 just to have set visits with her own husband.

Anonymous says ... on Friday, Jan 6 at 11:35 PM

This is so screwed up for their family to do the to Mollie and John Gallup they both need each other and love each other. They have had one another for over 63 years he grandson and daughter need to stop being selfish and not think about them selves.

Lea Purdue says ... on Friday, Jan 6 at 10:50 PM

They should have let them old people live happily,and shoud have never messed with them to begin with,the whole family is a fault,for even messing with them in the 1st place!This is so wrong!

Bryce Brindley says ... on Friday, Jan 6 at 10:48 PM

I am not Mollies real grandson but she considered me hers,as far as i can remember her and john where true lovers,I think what the my aunt and cousin are doing is way wrong and something needs to be done about this!I LOVE YOU GRANDMA!

Breannah Gallup says ... on Friday, Jan 6 at 10:45 PM

I have been in my Grandmothers life for 17 years and she took care of all of us,and she loved us all the same.There was nowhere you could go with out seeing my grandparents together,they really loved eachother!This is so wrong!And this is family?!

deanna says ... on Friday, Jan 6 at 5:44 PM

so SAD sorry Molly u guys need to be together and i hope some day soon you will be back with the love of ur life and be happy once again in the end they will pay for what they have done to u and John leave it in GODS hands <3<3<3

Anonymous says ... on Friday, Jan 6 at 3:15 PM

It disgusts me that a daughter and a grand son could do this to their mother (grandmother). She had and bad heart and this is taking a toll on her health. She needs her life back so they can live out their life together.

MiChelle Smith says ... on Friday, Jan 6 at 1:07 PM

Totally adult abuse!!! If John could have his say I am sure he would want Mollie by his side. It shouldn't be left for the kids to choose. All the Gallup's I know are kind-hearted loving people. Reading this disgusts me!!! Someone help Mollie!!!!

concernedforyou says ... on Thursday, Jan 5 at 10:24 PM

Yes, they have been together for 63 years, and now it's the family that they took care of and raised is keeping them apart.Its a shame!

lucy arnold says ... on Thursday, Jan 5 at 8:41 PM

this is so sad and breaks my heart. molly is my sister. She has had such a hard life and has never turned her back on anyone who was hungry, had no place to go or just needed a shoulder to cry on. her and john had each for 63 years only to suffer now

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