Community remembers Water Mission’s Co-Founder after drowning death

Charleston County News

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Many in the Lowcountry and across the world are grieving the loss of one of Water Mission’s co-founders after she passed away while vacationing in the Bahamas with her family, according to officials.

Molly Grenne, Co-founder of Water Mission, died in an accidental drowning, according to the Diocese of Charleston.

Spokesperson Stefani Drake with Water Mission asked the community to lift up Molly’s family in prayer.

Greene’s family later released a statement about her passing saying:

“No words can describe this heartbreaking loss for our family. Yesterday, Molly passed away in a tragic accident while on vacation with our family in the Bahamas. We mourn the loss to our family. We know that a larger global family mourns with us and celebrates her life, as she blessed so many around the world. We ask for your prayers and request privacy at this time.”

George C. Greene, IV, president of Water Mission and son of Molly F. Greene.

Anita Zucker, CEO of Intertech Group and a friend of Greene and their family said the loss is painful.

“The minute I heard I was so totally and completely shocked,” Zucker said. “She was always very warm, loving and kind, and just incredibly brilliant.”

Molly and her husband, George, founded Water Mission in 2001. It’s an organization that brings clean water to people across the world. In 18 years they have served nearly four million people in 55 countries with lasting safe water solutions.


“They touched everyone, they touched people here and near and far,” Zucker said.

Greene ministered by giving the gift of water, yet water is what took her life.

“I would never have expected that just knowing their lives revolved around helping people and bringing water to people, so it was such a shock that this death came by drowning,” Zucker said.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first drowning death in Greene’s family.
In an online article written by Greene, she talked about her 2 1/2 year old son dying after drowning in a lake behind the family house in 1984. She wrote “The Lord gave me an incredible vision of our little boy being lifted out of the water and taken up to the heavens by four angels. i knew that my precious child was in our lord’s loving arms and we would one day be reunited,” Molly said.

Zucker says that day has come.

“She’s in a different place in this world and there is a purpose for her to be there, there was a calling. she certainly answered the call on earth and perhaps she’s answering the call in heaven,” Zucker said.

News 2 worked closely with Greene and Water Mission for several years serving as the media sponsor for their annual walk for water fundraiser, featuring them as our Three Degree Guarantee, and covering several stories showcasing their giving efforts.

More details of memorial services, and ways to honor Molly and her contributions to the community, and the world, will be forthcoming.

Friends may write cards of remembrance at Molly’s home church, St. Philip’s Church, in downtown Charleston located at 142 Church Street.

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