Mary Elizabeth (Fleming) Michel (1942 - 2016)

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Mary Elisabeth Michel, 91, of Shelbyville, formerly of Vandalia, passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at Shelbyville.
Services will be held at noon on Saturday at Friedens United Church Of Christ in Farina, with Dr. Jerry Gesell, officiating. Burial will follow at Farina Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church. Memorials: Friedens United Church of Christ in Farina. Miller Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Online memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.
Mary Elisabeth was born in Johnston City on Sept. 6, 1925, to Lester W. and Helen F. (Vick) Fleming. She married Avon Louis Michel on Nov. 21, 1942.
She graduated from Missouri Baptist School of Nursing in St. Louis, Mo. She worked as a registered nurse for the state of Missouri at St. Louis State School and Hospital in Bellefontaine Neighbors, Mo. Mary Elisabeth was previously a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Ferguson, Mo., and was currently a member of Friedens United Church of Christ in Farina. She enjoyed quilting and was an avid researcher of family genealogy.
She leaves two sons John Robert (Laura) Michel of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Bruce Alan (Judy) Michel of Port Richey, Fla., and one daughter, Barbara Jean (Frank) Ferracane of Forsyth, and special daughter, Maria Schulten-Suttorp of the Netherlands; daughter-in-law, Kay Michel of Nashville, Tenn: nine grandchildren, Matthew (Missy) Michel, Marcie (Wesley) Michel Mimbs, Travis Michel, Scott (Adrienne) Michel, Britney Michel, Lauren (Ryan) Ferracane Fleming, Jody (Matthew) Ferracane Travis, Alexis Ferracane and Tony Ferracane; and eight great-grandchildren, Luke and Logan Michel, Mya and Max Mimbs, Delaney Michel, Ava and Liam Fleming, and Crosby Travis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Patricia Davis and Martha Pankey; husband, Avon Louis Michel; and one son, Steve Douglas Michel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Friedens United Church of Christ or donor's choice. A special thank you to those who cared for Mary Elisabeth during her long journey with Alzheimer's disease at Brookstone Estates in Vandalia, Hickory Point Christian Village Memory Care in Forsyth and Shelbyville Manor.
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Vandalia, IL 62471
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Published in The Leader-Union from Sept. 24 to Sept. 28, 2016