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Michele Helen Smith

March 11, 2014

Michele Helen Smith
1942-2014

On Sunday, March 2, 2014 Michele (Grazide) Smith died peacefully, surrounded by her loving family. Michele was the family matriarch who was deeply loved by her doting children and grandchildren.
The centerpiece of the family, she will be missed terribly but remembered fondly for her warmth, kindness, wisdom and devotion to her children. Grief stricken by the sudden death of her adoring daughter, Jana Barnes, Michele’s spirit and faith remained strong but her body was unable to withstand the devastation of this loss, and her long fight with lung disease came to an end exactly one week after the passing of her daughter.
Michele’s kindness and generosity extended beyond the family lines, as she is well known to many as a wonderfully warm and loving woman, always present to listen and encourage and quick to offer a helping hand to anyone in need.
Michele was a humble supporter of many charities over the years, including World Vision, from whom she received and treasured many letters of thanks from the children she sponsored. A benevolent woman, she instilled a value system of kindness, hard work and positivity in to her children. Never one to complain or dwell on the negative, she embodied an admirable mix of hardworking grit and compassionate empathy. Perhaps her most notable characteristic is her lovingly supportive nature toward her children and grandchildren who were in fact everything to her.
Michele leaves behind daughter and son-in-law, Nicole and Rick Behrendt; son and daughter-in-law, Ron Bartley and Cheryl Stevens; daughter, Amber Smith; as well as father, Frank Grazide; brothers, Rex Grazide and Dana Grazide. Michele has eight grandchildren, including Blair, Joshua, Adam, Jeffrey, Clay, Rory, Shanae and Summer; and five great-grandchildren, Jeffrey Jr., Jasper, Michelle, Emma and Cole.
Michele was preceded in death by her mother, Arlene Grazide; and brother, Philip Grazide.
A joint service for Michele and her daughter Jana will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15 at the East Line Street Cemetery in Bishop, with a celebration of life to follow at the Elks Lodge.

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