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A year has gone by, Michelle is still gone and we are still here. Last year we decided the best way to keep her with us was to get a memorial plaque with her name on it and put it in our flower box outside our center. That way we see her and remember her each day and are also reminded of how precious life is and how short it can be. I guess we have all come to terms with the fact that she is gone now, to the best of our ability anyway. It still seems unreal and I expect to see her coming through the door anytime with a new puppy or some pictures of her garden gnomes or a trip with Scott. Michelle will always be a part of us, and our center. She is still the model public servant to me, and she served in so many different ways always happily, selflessly, fullfillingly. We miss you Michelle. Blessings to family and friends as we round the first year mark of her passing.

Michelle Gowen Apr 12 2013 12:00 AM

My stories & laughs with Michelle go back to the 1970's, when we lived in Woodland Park, CO. Part of that time Scott worked with my then-husband in the plumbing business, & Michelle & I were both busy raising 2 little girls each. Of course, we shared all the drama that this closeness of work & friendship can bring, but Michelle always had a different laugh for each event, and never a cross word (unless maybe Scott heard it later!). I remember one house they moved into in order to have more space, & this place was filthy! She & I worked to clean it, & then she worked some more. I rented a carpet shampooer for my house & still had a full day on it, so took it to her. She called me later & said, "You know that grey carpet in the living room?" (My thoughts were, OMG - it is in shreds!) "Well, she said with her typical 'I don't believe this just happened laugh', it is not grey - it's MINT GREEN!" I had to go see it for myself, & when I got there, she said, "You know I thought I was going blind, but look." She started her 'belly laugh' when she showed me one of the ceiling shades she had taken down & it had about an inch of lint packed in it & a 100 watt light bulb! After we both had a brief panic attack & checked the rest of the fixtures, we again had a good 'Micelle laugh'! No wonder she joined the fire department! She is always in my heart & the family in my prayers daily. I love you all for being the special people you are.

Linda (Cornie) Turlington Jul 14 2012 12:00 AM

The world will surely not be as joyful and fun without Michelle..."Mitch" to her oldest friends in Rochester, NY. I know that she was a great wife, mom, and grandma...a truely great friend even when time and distance separated her from us. My thoughts and prayers are with you Scott and the girls also. Remember the good times...there were LOTS of them! We were all blessed to have had her in our lives.

Mary Ellen Monahan-Kenny Jun 14 2012 12:00 AM

Michelle, or Mitch, as we called her, was my very best friend growing up and I am shocked and deeply saddened to hear of her passing. We shared every aspect of our lives with each other, with many hours of laughter and funny antics together. I will never forget you Mitchell-bean! Scott, I don't have words that could comfort you in so much heartache, but may your memories hold her close to you. Praying peace, comfort and healing for you and your family. Love, Mindy

Mindy Fletcher Jun 14 2012 12:00 AM

Scott, we were so saddened to hear about Michelle. The memory of her smile and good nature will be everlasting. Our thoughts and blessings to you and your family.

Bob and Martha Ball May 1 2012 12:00 AM

It could have turned out so different, but with Michelle's humor it ended up funny - after a while. Michelle was walking her dog Cinder past my house and my dog Emma broke through the wood fence. Emma had a "not so good" reputation in town, but Michelle had never met her. She did this day, as she was trying to "wind up her dogs" so the crazy spotted one wouldn't eat them. Well Emma got a hold of cinder's ear and poked a hole through it. She told Scott about it and he knew exactly who the dog was. I sent flowers with an apology and a single earring for Cinder. We laughed about that for a long time, my humor was almost as warped as hers. I have so much respect for her, she will be missed by many. So like her to request donations for a great cause like West Grand Wishes, she was a selfless supporter.

Deb Brinkley Apr 27 2012 12:00 AM

Scott and family, I am so sorry for your loss. It seems sometimes there are those asked to shoulder much more than their share of hardship. My thoughts and my prayers are with all of you as you walk through this seemingly dark and long valley of grief.

Nina Apr 27 2012 12:00 AM

When I think abount Michelle I immediately think about her sense of humor. She could always find humor in whatever situation we were dealing with at our meetings, no matter what we were doing, how boring and tedious our task was; Michelle could always make us laugh. She would lighten things up with a smart comment and with her contagious laugh. It was an honor and a pleasure working with her on the Kremmling Fire District Board.

Kremmling Fire Protection District Board Apr 26 2012 12:00 AM

Scott and the Spade Family, it is with great sorrow that I hear about your loss, my thoughts are with you and yours at this time. I worked with Michelle while I worked at the SO, she was always very uplifting.

Steven Whittmore Apr 25 2012 12:00 AM