Michelle, affectionately known as “Mich”, was one-of-a-kind. When you met her, you were changed for the better, whether you instantly realized it or not. Michelle lived her life out loud, using her love and passion as a flashlight to illuminate wherever there was darkness. She wanted to make this world a place where everyone felt safe, had a voice, and had equal opportunity to thrive. Michelle was a force for change, and her passions inspired those around her. Causes that were close to her heart included animal welfare, civil rights and social action, disaster and humanitarian relief, environmental protections, and human rights.

Michelle was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive type of ovarian cancer in March 2022. It was with the same warrior mentality that she sought change in the world around her, that she faced her journey with cancer.  Through 15 months of treatment, she was unwavering in her never-quit attitude and the grace with which she navigated the challenges she faced. To her very last day, she continued to chase sunbeams and live in gratitude for love and life.  After a life well lived but ended far too soon, on June 6, 2023, Michelle stamped her passport of life and went to her next adventure.

Michelle would not have wanted a typical obituary about her life; “Those are just boring facts” she would have said.  She would have wanted those who knew her to be inspired to seek opportunities to bring love and light, just as she demonstrated while she was here on this earth. Mich would have wanted us to know that love is everything, and in the end, love is the only thing that matters. Love and be loved, follow your heart.