Michelle Lee Whaley

19/05/1971 - 24/05/2020

Obituary for Michelle Lee Whaley

Michelle passed away unexpectedly on Sunday 24 May 2020, at the age of 49 after living a full and complete life.

She will be remembered for her giving and loving nature. She loved sewing, knitting and crocheting, giving away many of her projects to unsuspecting friends. Always serving those around her.

She loved working with the deaf, and children. Her passion was learning, as she was a student at Brigham Young University online.

She is survived by her Parents, Clayton and Ellen (Leavitt) Whaley, Her sister Mary-Ellen Whaley Razeau (Paul), her nephews Joseph Razeau, Henri Razeau and Edward Razeau.Many friends, aunts,uncles,and cousins.

Viewing will be 10 am Monday Jun 1, 2020 at Beak Creek Funeral Home, and Interment will follow at 2 pm Glen Leslie Cemetery.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742

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I am so sorry for you loss Clayton, Ellen and Mary-Ellen. I met Michelle back when she worked at Convergy's. I had never met anyone that was so selfless, she had such a big heart. She was always bringing cookies to work that she had made, for everyone. We became friends in no time and remained so. Through tough times you gave me encouragement, through good times you made them better, you laughed with me and sometimes cried with me. You were a true friend, you were my best friend. There is a big space in my heart to remember you. I will miss you Michelle.
- Ian Lyon
I was so sorry to hear of Michelle's passing. I knew her as a coworker and she was a kind person and I hope her family finds much-needed peace. My condolences.
- Kristie Derkson
Michelle was such a kind and caring lady. I worked closely with her on the GoA DM Learn Committee. Michelle was always one of the first to put up her hand to help! She had the opportunity to introduce a presentation to the APS and was so touched and honoured that she was able to do this!! I will miss you Michelle. My condolences to her loved ones.
- Marilyn Rivest
At a time like this it's hard to know what to say. I worked with Michelle and knew her as a quiet, caring and thoughtful woman. She was one of the hardest working women I've met, and one of the kindest people I've known.
- Joshua Fleming
My deepest condolences to the family on the loss of Michelle. I feel so blessed to have spent time with her as a fellow co-worker. She was kind, compassionate, true to her friends, and would bend over backwards to help solve problems. I will miss the lunch breaks and the casual conversations we had at the worksite. I will forever hug the blanket that she knitted as a wedding gift for me and my husband and all the knitting patterns we poured over as she wanted to get it right and loved the challenge. I will never forget her. Marie Anne Olson
- Marie Anne Olson
I was so saddened to see that Michelle passed on. I havent seen her in years but she graced us with her presence in the GPComposite High Library while she attended school there. She worked diligently in the Library for us always a smile on her lovely face and we shared many enjoyable conversations. May she rest in peace and condolences to the family. Alanna Boyer (Hudson)
- Alanna Boyer
Sending love and support at this time of loss for your family. Michelle was a loving, giving, kind person that I had the privilege of getting to know through our connection with Brigham Young University Idaho online learning. She was always willing to lend a hand to anyone that she met and was always offering her cheerful smile to those within her reach. She talked of her family often to our Pathway class and loved her family very much. Sending my deepest sympathy.
- Shirley
It was my privilege to meet Michelle when we began our educational journey with the Pathway program through BYUI. Michelle always showed such a desire to learn new things and was always trying to do her very best with anything that she did. I will miss her enthusiasm for learning and encouragement with our online education. She was a very thoughtful, faithful friend and I will miss her very much. Much love, Shirley Patterson
- Shirley
I only had the pleasure of meeting Michelle on a handful of occasions and for that I am now quite sad I never got to know her as well as others have done. She was such a warm, kind lady who was full of life and kindness. I remember her knitting and the way she was so very friendly, cheery and smiley. She popped by the office one winter and came to say hello to me and made me feel like I had known her for years. She had the best smile. I'm so sorry to hear of her passing.
- Elizabeth B
I was so lucky to work with Michelle on the United Way campaign for Justice and Solicitor General. She was one of the kindest, sweetest, hardest working ladies I ever met. I am so happy that I got the chance to let her know how much she means to me. She is a one in a million kind of a person, and my life is richer for having met her. I miss you so much, Michelle.
- Stacey Benson
Michelle, I will miss you every single day. I will especially mos our road trips to Calgary where we could talk for hours and have fun at the Singles events. Your compassion for me when I was very depressed, and cried with the compassion you have made me want to be more like you. I imagine you looking down, happy to be with so many others you have helped. I love you.
- Kathryn Juszko
Michelle, you were one of my very first friends at church, and I was blessed by her being one of my very first Visiting Teachers.I learned much from her about compassion,giving to others in which her friendliness,loving and loving and serving nature shone. I will miss our trips to Calgary to the Singles events where we could talk about anything, I will miss your signing especially to Jared and her love of the primary children (where she would sign as they sang) I will especially miss her compassion, as when I was depressed she drove me home and cried with me. She understood me and comforted me. I will miss her everyday and pray to be more like her. I love you and know you are watching over us.
- Kathryn Juszko
I met Michelle in Calgary many many years ago. She was kind of shy but very kind. I didn't know her well, but I know she was a lovely woman with a big heart. we bumped into each other at a church event in Edmonton a few months ago and she was so excited about her life, very happy and vivacious. I'm so sorry for her family and friends. I know you will miss her greatly, but I hope you can feel her love and peace all around you in the days ahead. She will be happy to greet you when you meet again!
- Pam Zylik
My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Michelle. She will truly be missed.
- Nancy Wagar
To Michelle's family, friends and church members, I'm so sorry that we've all had to say goodbye to Michelle far too soon. She worked with me for about five years, and she was a true MVP in every sense of the term. She was such a caring and generous person, and loved sharing the fruits of her hobbies, like crocheting, with her coworkers. She was a trusted coworker, ally and friend, and we had many long conversations about what made her happy and fulfilled. She was especially proud of her schoolwork, and would happily and proudly share all her accomplishments when she received her marks! It's no understatement to say her coworkers will feel Michelle's loss for a very long time, she was so important to so many, and liked by everybody. I know I will miss her always. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences on Michelle's passing.
- Patty Kohl
I remember sitting at Beth's trying to teach you the card game we played years ago, too many to count, we all had a great laugh that night and many nights after, Rest In Peace. You will be in our prayers
- Sandra Gehue
Michelle was a dear friend, whose sweetness I observed on many occasions. She was always giving to others. She made me want to be a better person. My deepest sympathy to her family and her other friends. Until we meet again.
- Margaret
Michelle was my best friend in the whole world. We've shared many a laugh and many tears. She was always so much fun to be with. I will miss her every day of my life. I love you Michelle. Rest In Peace
- Beth Rogelstad
I met Michelle 15 years ago as we were in the same ward with our Church. I was assigned to be her visiting teacher and the rest carried on to a great friendship. Michelle's heart knew no bounds and was always thinking of others. Her generosity throughout the years was tremendous. As she crocheted and knitted for many. Offering baking and goodies to neighbors, coworkers and friends. I will always remember just in casual conversation about my sister not able to chew gum as she was allergic to aspartame. Months later after a trip to the US, Michelle comes to me with packs of aspartame free gum!! Who else would have remembered that and to pick it up for someone she did not know. Michelle did. Her kind heart and selflessness abounded. It will not be easy losing her a a friend here on earth. She will be tremendously missed. My dear friend Michelle. May you enjoy your mansions in heaven. -Your friend always -Amber
- Amber Graham
I was one of the "unsuspecting friends" that Michelle's generosity touched. The mittens she knitted me were always my favourite. When we worked together she knew I was terrible about bringing lunch and she often brought extra for me. She was always kind and thoughtful. I'm so very sad that she left us so young. - Kim Borden
- Kim Borden
You are a one in million friend you will be so missed glad chilis went out of business it wouldn't have been the same was looking forward to doing the same thing with Boston Pizza.
- Nancy Olson
Mary-Ellen, I send you my deepest condolences on the loss of your sister. Huge hug girl! May you always remember her with fond memories!
- Brenda Braun

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