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GILCHRIST – Michele Sonja

October 19, 1965 – April 8, 2011

Michele Gilchrist, beloved wife of Grant Gilchrist of Okotoks, passed away on Friday, April 8, 2011 at the age of 45 years, after a courageous three-year battle with inflammatory breast cancer.

Michele was born in Prince Albert and grew up on her family’s farm near Weldon, SK. She attended University of Regina, earned her accounting diploma in Moose Jaw and served as a talented and energetic bookkeeper, first for a large accounting firm, then for a number of small businesses in Ottawa and Calgary, and later for her church as a much-respected treasurer.

Straightforward, practical, and cheerful, Michele instantly won the trust and friendship of those she met. Her smile would light up the room, and she smiled often. Her garden, her pets and handicrafts gave her much joy. She loved her family with a deep passion and taught them her values of Christian faith, truth, respect, hard work and compassion. We will miss her immensely.

Michele is remembered by her husband Grant; son Paul; daughter Kelsey; grandmother Esther Poley; and parents Lyle and Darlene Poley. She is also survived by her sisters, Corinne Richmond (Kevin) and Kim Poley (Kelly Minisofer); brother Chris Poley (Kelley Nygaard); parents-in-law Eugene and Marion Gilchrist; sisters-in-law Donna Lindskog (Steven) and Bonnie Spruyt (Ken); brother-in-law David Gilchrist (Cassie); and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Michele’s life will be held at Lutheran Church of Our Saviour (8831 Fairmount Drive S.E.) on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Please forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Michele’s ashes will be scattered later this year at her beloved Candle Lake, SK.

In living memory of Michele Gilchrist, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Charlene Dunlop :

    Although I haven’t seen Michele for a long time I feel the closeness. Love and prayers to you all at this time
    Love Char

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  2. Shelley Taylor :

    Michelle was an amazing person and her presence will be missed. We loved having you as neighbors and always being there for us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  3. Bobbie Vaniersel :

    I haven’t known Michele for a long time, but every time our families have been together I’ve enjoyed her company. A warm, kind, loving woman…what a loss. Thinking of you all.

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  4. Grant, Paul and Kelsey,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very sad and difficult time. Michele was a very loving and wonderful mom and we are very sad to hear that she lost her battle.

    With our sincere condolences to all of you,

    Kelly, Greg, Steven and Vanessa Kay

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  5. I will miss Michele dearly. She was a loyal friend and at the same time a force to be reckoned with. The world is not nearly as bright without her in it.

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  6. Marcy, Dave, Danika & Megan Jurczak :

    We’ll remember Michelle as a warm & loving person with a ready smile. Sincere condolences and our thoughts are with you and your family in this difficult time. May your memories be your comfort.

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  7. Grant:

    Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss to you and your family.

    Sam

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  8. Gordon Pedscalny :

    Grant
    One of my strongest memories of Michelle was that she always had a smile on her face. I realize how difficult this time must be for you, Paul, Kelsey, and your entire family. I will be thinking of all of you and remembering her fondly.

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  9. Marco Janssen :

    Grant, Paul, Kelsey,

    I wish you strength, love and the power to continue. My heart goes out to all of you.

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  10. Glen & Jean Leland :

    We are so sorry to hear of Michele’s passing. Glen was her school bus driver when she was going to school in Weldon. He remembers when the snow was so deep in the winter carrying her from the house to the bus & from the bus to the house after school. Michele was a model student on the bus. We send our love & prayers to her family & extended family.

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  11. John & Deb Geis & Family :

    Michele will be missed by all those who knew her. My condolences to Grant, Paul and Kelsey. Stay strong and remember the good times, of which I’m sure there are many.

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  12. Ron and Heidi Nield :

    Grant, Paul and Kelsy
    Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Friend
    Michele Will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed. Our hearts go out to you and your family in this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Lean on God to give you strength in the days and months ahead. Love Ron, Heidi, Nick, and Andrea

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  13. Tim & Ann Marie :

    Grant, Paul, Kelsey,

    I am so sorry for your loss of Michele. Words cannot express the sadness of this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Our very deepest condolences.

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  14. Greg Lawrence :

    Grant and Family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Michelle’s passing. I know the tremendous loss you must feel. Please accept our deepest sympathy on behalf of myself, Matthew and Kyle. I most remember Michelle from being at Crooked Lake and enjoying watching the kids all play together.

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  15. Mike, LaVerne, Sara and Kris Bramall :

    Glen, Kelsey and Paul we are so sorry to hear of Michele’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time. May your memories be a source of strength to you all.

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  16. Grant & Shannon Hynd :

    Grant, Paul and Kelsey,
    We are so sad to hear that Michele has passed on…please know that you are in our thoughts daily.

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  17. Dale & Rachel :

    Our most heartfelt prayers and thoughts go out to you.

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  18. Leonie Ozemoya :

    Grant, Paul and Kelsey,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We will all miss Michele. Please accept our condolences at this time. Leonie & Julius, Erik, Ross, Nikita & Abigail

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  19. The Carruthers :

    Grant, Paul, Kelsey and all those that loved Michele: Please accept our heart-felt sympathy. Andy, Joanne, Adam and Amanda Carruthers

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  20. Darren, Elizabeth and Liberty Larson :

    Dear Grant, Paul and Kelsey:

    We are so sorry for the loss of your wife/mother. She was an amazing woman. May God fill your void with his love. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  21. Dear Grant, Paul and Kelsey,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Although I only met Michele once, I know what a wonderful wife & mother she was and what a special family you have. You have been in our thoughts for some time, and we will continue to keep you in our hearts and in our prayers.

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  22. Grant, Paul and Kelsey

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Kim

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  23. Dennis, Helen, Emma and Jake Steele :

    Grant, Kelsey and Paul

    We are very sorry for your loss. Michele had a great smile that will always be remembered. Our thoughts are with you.

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  24. Dale and Lois Neighbour :

    To the Gilchrist and Poley families,
    Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved Michele. May your memories bring comfort to you at this most difficult time.

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  25. Richard, Liat & Marissa :

    Dearest Grant, Paul and Kelsey,
    We have known you as great neighbours, and as wonderful supportive friends. Our thoughts go out to you in your time of grief. Just like Michele said to me at the hospice ” I love and adore you, you are wonderful friends”, even then she was thinking of others, as she lay with a warm smile upon her face listening to the chickadees outside.
    Just know we are always there for all of you! If there is anything don’t hesitate to call. You could say we are neighbours again!!! You live so close. Drop in sometime.
    Richard, Liat, and Marissa
    xoxoxo

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  26. Dear Grant, Kelsey and Paul,
    I will miss Michele and remember her smile and her love of family and friends. She was a wonderful member of our BEST group which she attended weekly until she became too ill. May the love of your family and friends, and the precious memories with Michele provide comfort to you in the days ahead. My thoughts are with all of you at this time of sorrow.

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  27. Our love and prayers are with you all today as you celebrate the life of Michele, a compassionate, loving lady who was an inspiration to all who knew her. Our heartfelt sympathy to you all.
    Merlene and Marvin, Gail and Doug, Wayne and Nadine.

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  28. Tom and Myrna Pringle :

    Grant, Paul, Kelsey
    We are thinking of you and the Poley family as you mourn the premature loss of Michele. May your memories be your comfort.
    Love and prayers,
    Tom and Myrna

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  29. Elisabeth & Barrie Ward :

    Our deepest condolences … words cannot convey the sorrow of her passing.

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  30. Roxanne, Rob, Amy and Kienna Gibbard :

    Our hearts are saddened with Michele’s passing and our world will be less with out her. I am very lucky to have known her, and enjoyed all our chats and many many soccer games together. Grant, you and Michele have done a wonderful job raising and guiding your children and what wonderful young adults they have become. You have mentioned her smile on many occasions and seeing her photo again brings back floods of wonderful times. Please know there is not a day that goes by that we don’t think of you and our heartfelt sympathy to you, Grant and the kids.

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  31. The Hansen's :

    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you Grant, Paul and Kelsey. Memories of Michele are held near and may you find comfort in your time of sorrow. Steve, Wendy, Stephanie and Scott.

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  32. Wally and Lorraine :

    Grant, Paul, Kelsey:
    Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Michele was incredible. A shining star, always positive and giving. Her star now shines in heaven watching over you, her family. How sad the world is for the loss of a truly kind and wonderful person.
    Our deepest regrets, Wally and Lorraine

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  33. Rhonda (Brenna) Hartz :

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  34. The Uhlenberg's :

    Grant, Paul and Kelsey we were so sorry to hear of Michele’s passing. One of our memories is how Michele was always so positive through her illness. She always had a smile and kind words to say. She will be missed by so many. God Bless.
    Ron, Bernadette, Alex, Emma and Rebecca

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  35. The Sosik Family :

    Grant, Paul and Kelsey,

    We had the chance to meet Michele as Grant was the coach for our daughter for an Okotoks girls soccer team a few years ago. As a “soccer mom”, Michele attended Kelsey’s games regularly. Sitting on the bench beside her and Paul while supporting our girls’ team, it was easy to know that she was a very kind, soft-spoken person who loved her children and was invested in their well being. We are so sorry to have read that she left you all so young and pray for you to be comforted now and in the future. Your precious connection with your wife and your mom is yours always. People and circumstances come and go, but your connection in spirit will always be inseparable until you meet again.

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