June 4, 1962 - April 19, 2014
Michelle (Sheli) Mee was born and raised in the Salem area. She graduated from McKay High School and has lived in Dallas for the past 27 years. Sheli is survived by two children; Jessica Tate and her partner Jason Lewis of Gretna, LA; and Ryan Armstrong of Dallas; and three grandchildren; Alexis, Anna and Jason Lewis, Jr. Sheli also leaves behind her mother; Myrna Ullrich; Step Father William Allen; brother Michael Mee and his daughter Courtney and her son Addam; sisters, Marcy Mee and her son Jared Baca and his son Isaiah; and Mardy Guion and her family; husband Jeff and children Shealenn and Shane. She also leaves a whole host of close friends in both Salem and Dallas.
Aside from her children, Sheli was the happiest over the past two years of her life, devoting herself to her friends, crocheting and haunting area yard sales for a wide variety of collectibles.
Through the years she worked for the State of Oregon as an Eligibility Specialist and for Head Start. She was best summed up by a Head Start co-worker; "My friend Sheli died Saturday. Sheli was my assistant at Dallas Head Start. Sheli was so gifted with children and adults. She helped plan in making the classroom safe and stimulating. She loved getting kids off the bus. She would hug each one as they stepped down saying something personal to each. Sometimes we had parents who were intimidated by the classroom. Sheli gave time to make that parent feel important. She had a sense of fun and our class rang out with laughter and ease. Our office was shared in a very large area. We gathered and shared and laughed and, of course, worked. Sheli was our Mr. Fix-It person. She could mend and fix anything. We all respected and loved her very much. Sheli and I became good friends… sharing lunches, garage sales and laughter and tears as we problem solved in our families problems. We rejoiced in their successes. I remember when Sheli became a grandma...so happy and in love. Sheli had a stroke two weeks ago and never awoke from her coma. Her family kept a vigil beside her. She was never alone. At first there was hope. As time went on it was a prayer of Gods will. My heart is broken at losing Sheli. But I have faith we will see her again and be reunited and be comforted."
Please join us for a Memorial Service at Woodland Chapel at 582 High St., SE, Salem, OR, on May 3, 2014 at 2 p.m.