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Jennifer Molley Wilson

• Jan 23, 2018 at 11:39 AM

BLACKEY, KY - On January 17, 2018, Jennifer Molley Wilson, 55, Blackey, KY, passed away at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington of complications from a heart attack suffered on January 12 in Hazard, KY.

She was employed at the University of Kentucky Office of Rural Health in Hazard. She and her husband, Malcolm, moved to Blackey in 2016 from Bristol, TN, after many years of employment in and around the Tri-Cities.

Jennifer spent her life using her talents helping others and creating positive change. From healthcare marketing and communications with Wellmont Health, to tourism and business development with the Greater Bristol Area Chamber of Commerce to serving as Public Information Officer for the City of Bristol, VA, Jennifer was consistently involved in working on projects for communities and causes, including the

United Ways of Bristol, TN/VA and Johnson City, TN. She helped found the Bristol Rhythm and Roots music festival.

She coordinated two Guinness world record scuba dives by Kingsport resident Jerry Hall, brought the NBC Today Show to Bristol for coverage and also arranged his appearances on the Montel Williams Show and PBS. In addition, while she worked for the Bristol Chamber, she originated the idea of using pink bulbs in the Bristol sign to gain awareness and raise money for breast cancer research.

She won Pinnacle Awards, state and national award recognition for her work with the United Ways, local regional and national awards for her work with the scuba dives. Additionally, she earned countless awards for her clients when she owned and operated her own advertising agency, Graphic Bliss in Bristol.

She had a multitude of outside interests: She was a talented fine art photographer, an abstract painter, guitar and ukulele player, jewelry and clothing creator and designer, a makeup stylist, a licensed bartender, an advocate of animal welfare and an amazing vegan cook.

Jennifer described herself as a gypsy, having roots in Hungary and Ukraine. She was the “Hipsta-Chick.”

Survivors include her husband and the love of her life, Malcolm J. Wilson, of Blackey; father, John Molley and stepmother, Carla Twyman Molley, Johnson City, TN; daughter, Jessica Blindt, Bristol, VA; son, Seth Ryan Wilson, Johnson City, TN; daughter, Malandra Jalyne Heuglin, Prospect, KY; grandchildren, Mara, Graham and Ella Gibson, Prospect, KY, cousins, aunts and uncles.

A Celebration of Life for Jennifer will be at the Appalshop Theatre in Whitesburg, KY on Saturday, February 3, 1:30 p.m. For those who wish, expressions of sympathy to either the Letcher County Culture Hub or Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter are appreciated. Culture Hub contributions can be made online --https://www.letcherculture.org/contribute -- or to Appalshop, 91 Madison Avenue, Whitesburg, KY 41858 with "Letcher County Culture Hub" designated in the donation. Contributions to Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter should be sent to Teresa Singleton, PO Box 325, Hazard KY. 41702.

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