PARMA, MICHELLE LEIGH. January 14, 1975 - October 19, 2002. Michelle Leigh Parma is the daughter of Robert A. Parma and Susan Parma and sister of Christine Nicole Parma of Dallas. An accident took both the lives of Michelle and her cousin Mandie Parma, of Houston. Michelle is survived by her grandfather Robert Greenwood of South Bend, Ind., and his wife Georgia; Uncle Tom Anderson of Indianapolis, Ind., and his wife Pam; Aunt Debbie Anderson of Euless, Texas; and Aunt Janis Kelley of Richmond, Va. Her loving, Texas Parma family includes uncles and aunts Wesley & Joan Parma, Jerry & Patsy Zmolik, Jodie and Doris Zmolik, Joseph & Janis Sladecek, Carolyn Zmolik, Dennis & Karen Parma (parents of Mandie,) John Henry & Sharon Parma, and Richard and Linda Parma. She was blessed with 43 first cousins, many as close as sisters and brothers. She also left behind Neill White, her best friend since high school and love of her life. Michelle loved to dance. She studied with the Dallas Ballet for six years and later with Kitty Carter's Dance Factory. In her senior year at Lake Highlands High School, Michelle was chosen to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. She spent two years cheering and had an opportunity to travel extensively with her Dallas Cowboys performance squad, the highlight of which was her Christmas tour with the USO to entertain and visit with US troops stationed in Korea. In 1996, Michelle was selected to be a cast member of MTV's Road Rules. She traveled for 10 weeks with a cast of five to Europe following clues that led to adventures throughout the continent. Clay Newbill, the show's producer and director for that season said that Michelle was chosen because of her sense of humor and her energy. "There's a lot of Texas in Michelle," he said, and she loved being a Texan. Following her many stints in acting, dancing, and performance, she joined Southwest Airlines as a flight attendant, where she continued to share her spirit for life with others. Her family is joined in their grief by her many, many devoted friends. Michelle's love was large. She looked for and found the good in people and her love was returned to her many times over by her family and friends. We will profoundly miss Michelle. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Michelle's name to the United Network for Organ Sharing at 1100 Boulders Pkwy, Ste., 500 Richmond, VA. 23225-8770, www.unos.org. The family will be receiving friends at Restland Memorial Chapel starting at 6:00 PM until 8:30 PM on Wednesday, October 23, 2002. Services are scheduled at the Unity Church of Dallas, 6525 Forest Lane, Thursday, October 24 at 3:00 PM. Restland Funeral Home Cemetery Crematory Mausoleum Rembrandt Florist 9220 Restland Rd. Dallas 972-238-7111 www.restlandfuneralhome.com
Published in Dallas Morning News from Oct. 22 to Oct. 23, 2002.