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Date of Passing: Nov 18, 2020

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(nee HUGHES)

It is with broken hearts we announce that our beloved Michelle passed away on November 18, 2020, far too soon at the age of 50. She died bravely and peacefully in Fredericton, New Brunswick, surrounded by her loving family.
Michelle will forever be loved and missed by her husband of 18 years, Gene, son Kieran, daughter Sienna, mother Gretha Pallen, sister Lesa Norry-Hughes (Dan), brother Mike Hughes, stepsister Val Chammartin (Jacques), stepbrothers, Greg Pallen and David Pallen, her niece Renee Chammartin, her nephews, Adam Norry, Alex Norry, Kaiden Thiessen, Riel Chammartin, and Joel Chammartin with whom she shared a special bond. Also left to cherish her memory are her parents-in-law, Steve and Linda Horodecki and stepmother Looch. She was predeceased by her father Garry Hughes and stepfather Ross Pallen.
Michelle was born in Lynn Lake, Manitoba and moved to Winnipeg with her mother, brother and sister in 1975. She attended Vincent Massey High School and worked in the hospitality industry for several years. From there she went to IBM and then to Great West Life to coordinate upgrades for Canada Life's work stations across the country. She loved her job and her co-workers and continued to work for Great West Life after moving with her family and mother to New Brunswick in 2017.
Michelle will be remembered by those lucky enough to have known her as fearless. She was up for anything and never shied away from a challenge. Michelle was selfless. There was nothing she wouldn't do for the people she loved and she supported many of us through crises we could not have gotten through without her.
Michelle loved to travel. She and Gene took the twins on several trips over the years and the many pictures and videos will provide some comfort to them now. Her favourite holiday was Halloween and during this year of Covid she arranged for her twins, her niece and her youngest nephew to walk around the neighbourhood handing out treats in inflatable dinosaur costumes. She loved her cats with all her heart. We hope she has been reunited with the ones she lost along the way: Harley, Sylvester, Biscuit and Calliope.
Michelle was a devoted wife and mother. She raised her children to be themselves and to be thoughtful, curious, logical, and caring and she was so proud of them. She nurtured their interest in music, art, and swimming and they have excelled in all of these things. She was the cool aunt who could be depended on to plead the case of a niece or nephew in trouble.
Many thanks to CancerCare Manitoba and the Canadian Cancer Society in New Brunswick for their expertise and for supporting Michelle throughout her illness. The family appreciates the efforts of the medical staff in both Winnipeg and New Brunswick.
Arrangements will be made at a later date to honour Michelle's life.
In lieu of flowers, donations to - giving hope to those with metastatic breast cancer would be appreciated.

"Grief, I've learned, is really just love. It's all the love you want to give, but cannot. All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with nowhere to go." - Jamie Anderson

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 21, 2020

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • My condolences to Michelle's husband and her kids, and family. How can one possibly sum up everything Michelle meant to so many people? I got to know Michelle through work, and she was never too busy to help out, or help you work out a problem or better understand something. We spoke about our mutual issues, and in her unselfish way, was a support for me, as I tried to be for her in hers. I'm thankful for the privilege of having been in her orbit, and will remember her always. - Posted by: Johanna Brame (Co-worker) on: Nov 25, 2020

  • Kieran and Sienna, My sincere condolences of the passing of your mother. Always choose to remember her in those moments that bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart. Take care of each other in this difficult time for your family. Mr. Diamond - Posted by: Paul Diamond (Teacher of Kieran) on: Nov 23, 2020

  • Gene I am so sorry that you lost your partner in life and my condolences to your children for losing their Mother. My sympathies to both your and Michelle's family and to everyone who knew her. - Posted by: Judy Shipp (Aunt) on: Nov 23, 2020

  • We are so very sorry for your loss. Michelle was a beautiful person. We looked forward to seeing Gene and the twins at our mutual friends parties. Always enjoyed our laughs together. Michelle’s beautiful spirit will live on in her wonderful children. We are Praying for strength for her family during this most difficult time. Love Ken & Tracy in Winnipeg - Posted by: Tracy & Ken Doornbos (Friends) on: Nov 22, 2020

  • Dear Gene and family, We are so sorry for the loss of Michelle. We remember many fun memories with you both from our younger years and are so sad to hear this. We are thinking of your family during this time. Brenda & Derek - Posted by: Brenda and Derek Ward (Friends) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • I am so deeply affected by the loss of Michelle. I don’t even know how to express the depth of it. I see her in the walks I take- places where we ran together, in pictures of our celebrations and adventures and in the moments of just ‘being’. I find myself smiling, remembering stories...of her being chased by what she called ‘a fat Doberman’ (which was a Rottweiler), of the parties at ‘Furby’, of the many places we lived together and the trouble we got into. I then think of all the joy we experienced- through our kids, and our families and I am just so thankful that we had her for as long as we did, but I’m so so sad that we didn’t get her for another 40 years. Thank you Michelle for being my friend and my family. I miss you so much. - Posted by: Lorena (Sister-in-love) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • My Heartfelt Sympathy to Gene and Children, also to her Family, Friends and to Gene's Family. My Thoughts and Prayers are with you all. Rest Peacefully Michelle. - Posted by: Carol Chubaty (Friend of Family ) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Words escape me but I am happy to see they did not escape Gene as Michelle is described beautifully and lovingly. Her smile and warm generous heart and empathic spirit wrapped everyone she met in a world of love and laughter. There are so many memories running through my mind and I cherish the fact that my "Midder Kidder" as I called her (why and when that started I do not remember), pointed out that most were happy ones. I love her even more for that. From the minute she arrived she had a smile that captured you. I so wish I could have taped our last calls and facetimes so I could play them over and over. I started a GO FUND ME page - Posted by: Lesa Norry (Sister) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Condolences to all of Michelle’s family. So sorry for your loss. I have many great memories over the years from when we were kids. Michelle’s step-Dad Ross and my Dad Brad were brothers. Thankful Facebook allowed me to keep in touch with Michelle. Prayers & love from Winnipeg Brad, Carole, Darren & Sheri xoxoxo - Posted by: Sheri Pallen (Cousin) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Gene and family, We are so very sorry for your loss! Michelle was a wonderful person and will be missed by all who knew her. - Posted by: Gayleen Haw & Mike Manaigre (Friend and co -worker) on: Nov 21, 2020

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