Michelle "Shelly" DeWit of Golden passed away Dec. 5, 2012, while recovering from a March 2012 stem-cell transplant.
She is survived by husband, Greg; son Christopher (Emily) Craft of San Diego and daughter Kelly (Jaron) Hill of Aurora; sister Helen (Nel) Pietranczyk of Littleton; sister-in-law Pat Fenton of Evergreen; and three beloved grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, Chipp Fenton of Evergreen.
Shelly was born in suburban Buffalo, N.Y., in 1955 and moved to the Evergreen area in 1980 when she joined Bank of Evergreen. Her careers included being a banking executive, corporate strategic planner, corporate team builder and coach. She was involved in many volunteer activities, including chair of the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce, president of Blue Spruce Kiwanis, Mountain Resource Center, Seniors' Resource Center (past board member), Colorado Special Olympics, Babies Now Foundation, and was president-elect of Women Helping Others. In addition to those volunteer activities, she found the time to pursue her love of the outdoors through running, hiking, skiing and snowshoeing the beautiful Colorado mountain area.
She was blessed with two loving children and three wonderful grandchildren who provided her intense joy and fulfillment. Shelly took every possible opportunity to be with them whenever she could over the last few years.
Throughout the last two years of her life, she displayed calm poise and faced each new setback with renewed determination, even trying to help others with similar illnesses. She was strong, brave and filled with grace to the end. She was a person who believed that individual actions make a better community and world. Shelly was a loyal friend to many and could always be counted on to help someone in need.
Join her family and friends at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 4291 Evergreen Parkway in Evergreen. All are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial, followed by a luncheon reception at the church. Private burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery will follow the reception.
Donations may be made in her honor to: Be the Match, the National Marrow Donor Program (http://marrow.org), W.H.O., Women Helping Others (http://wholadies.com), or Babies Now Foundation (http://www.babiesnowfoundation.org).
Published in Canyon Courier from Dec. 12 to Dec. 18, 2012