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Michelle Tirrell

January 15, 1970 ~ November 6, 2017 (age 47)

After a long and heroic battle with cancer, Michelle Tirrell chose to come home and spend her final days in Alaska with her family and friends. She passed away at her home on November 6, 2017 surrounded by those she loved.  

Michelle was born in Seattle on January 15th, 1970. She attended college in California and earning a Master’s Degree in Washington. She fell in love with the simple Alaskan lifestyle during her many visits to Alaska to spend time with her sister, Danielle, and niece and nephew, Deriene and Bremner Nickisch. Sixteen years ago, she chose to make Alaska her home. Michelle worked at Fairbanks Community Mental Health and Fairbanks Memorial hospital as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She was driven by a deep desire to help the overlooked and vulnerable in our community.

The light of Michelle’s life was her daughter, Azielle.  Completing her family was her partner Jim Lee. Azielle, Jim and their two dogs were Michelle’s dream family and she liked nothing more than exploring the beauty of Alaska with them. Michelle was a seasoned world traveler and she brought her sense of wonder, excitement, and often her Mom, Terry, with her on her many adventures. She also loved spending time in her garden, bird-watching and taking on any and all crafts and home-projects.  She was our family’s Alaskan version of Martha Stewart.

Please join Michelle’s friends and family at a Celebration of her life on Wednesday, November 29 from 4-6pm at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in the McGown Room.

Arrangements were entrusted to Blanchard Family Funeral Home, 482-3232. Online condolences may be sent to blanchardfamilyfuneralhome.com 


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