Michelle Irvin will be lovingly remembered as a mother, daughter, sister and forever a friend. She is survived by her two beautiful boys, Austin John and Brian Scott; her parents, John and Marilyn Irvin; sisters, Kelly Vanicek, Nellie Porter, Debbie Lee, Tina Irvin and Kristy Dexter; brothers, Kevin Gooch, William Irvin and Ron Irvin, and grandparents, Euna Irvin and Bill and Joan Salvagno.
Michelle joined our family of employees in April 2006, and she will be greatly missed. She was a great asset to our team. She continuously looked for ways to improve. She took her job very seriously and took great pride in doing it well. Our office will not be the same without her beautiful smile or infectious laugh. Michelle always loved to keep her fellow employees informed of her children and how they were growing up. She would often share photos and writings from her children, which was always a joy. It was obvious that she was a very dedicated mother and amazing at raising her children and providing for her family.
She was a wonderful person to know - so kind, loving, and generous. Michelle always knew how to cheer you up, even when you were feeling at your lowest; be it from a hug, kind word, gesture, or just her general pleasant nature. She was always ready with a joke to make us laugh. Michelle enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, especially her two boys. She was very proud of her eldest son Austin, who excels in karate. She loved watching Disney movies and cartoons and just hanging out.
Michelle will be forever treasured in the hearts and minds of those that knew her. She made an everlasting impression on our hearts, and will be cherished. She will never be forgotten, and will be deeply missed. We love you Michelle, and your happiness will stay with us for a lifetime.
Kind Words From Fellow Employees
"She was funny, goofy and silly - even when she was being stubborn - and made someone laugh every day. Just about every time I talked to her I thought she had a really beautiful smile, and amazing eyes, and wow wouldn't someone kill for those eyelashes! It saddens me to know that I will not get to see those merry eyes anymore, and will not hear that lilting giggle when ever she said or heard something funny. It is an Eskimo legend that perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy. I would like to believe that she is free now, and will never know sorrow or pain again. May peaceful sleep be yours, Michelle."
"Michelle was truly one of the kindest and sweetest people I've ever known. She was so open and accepting of everyone she came in contact with, once you met her, you immediately felt close to her.
Michelle had a beautiful and mischievous personality. She was sly and quick with a comeback, but never hurtful. Her smile and laughter made everyone happier. I absolutely loved being around her.
She and I would talk about our children and our families, and how happy they made us -- she was so proud of her boys and would eagerly share new stories and pictures when she had them -- but she was also always there for me if I needed to vent or just talk. Michelle was easily one of my favorite people I've ever had the pleasure to work with here, and a great friend.
Knowing Michelle and losing her made me recognize that there are things I need to change in myself; this realization is one of the most valuable lessons I could have ever learned, and I owe her dearly for it. I wish I'd been able to be there and do more for her while she was still here.
Her passing is devastating. I am going to miss Michelle terribly, forever. It's just not going to be the same without her."
"It's hard to fathom that I will not see your smile again and it seems so unreal, almost unnatural. It's as if my heart cannot comprehend it, like it was never meant to be this way. I don't think it ends here Michelle.... I know that I will see you again someday and I feel so honored to have been able to know you. You have planted a seed in my heart and I will never forget you. I hear heaven is pretty AMAZING, words cannot describe!! And someday, I will be there with you too. Until then... I love you now and forever. "
"My last memory of Michelle was when her and Brian and Austin were outside my house and Austin was riding his new bike and the boys were just playing outside. Shelly and my wife were talking about the boys and how cute they both were. How happy and proud Shelly was of her boys is one of my fondest memories of her. She will be greatly missed by many."
"I will remember Michelle most for the intense and genuine love she had for her family! The pride she expressed for her boys and the love she had for her family was something she loved to share and, nowadays, that seems to be a rare quality. I will definitely miss her!"
"Gone But Not Forgotten"
"Although you have left and gone this way
Know that we will meet again one day
Your eternal happiness will always shine
To brighten my day for the rest of time
We treasure your love, your kindness, your joy
All the love you had for your boys
You were an amazing mother, person, friend
And I await the day we're together again"
"When I think of Michelle, the biggest things I remember are her lovely eyes, easy smile and her sassy attitude. She was so much fun to be around! Michelle was always ready with a smart comment or joke on nearly any subject, which made for a lot of fun. Seriously, if you could have heard her when we were shopping for Charlotte's bachelorette party!
One thing that really gets me right now is when certain songs come on the radio. She used to walk by my desk and name the movie a song went to... It's really hard to listen to the radio right now because I keep flashing to that little game, and then realize I'm not going to see her again.
She clearly loved her family with all her heart, and even though she had mentioned that she often felt self-conscious, she was quite simply one of the most beautiful people I've ever known. I can only hope she thought as much of us, the people who knew her, as we did of her. Sweet dreams, Michelle..."
...You are a treasure. Your kindness, patience, and just plain happiness on the phone with me yesterday, as you sorted out and fixed my botched order, was amazing to me....With your wonderful attitude, you'll be an asset wherever you go. Thank you so very much.....you can quote me, as well as show my name and city, etc."
- John H. Lipton, Rockville, MD 20850 (shown with written permission)