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Michele Jeanette Whitlock
April 26, 1952 ~ November 1, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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Michele Jeanette Whitlock, 71 years young, left her burdened body behind on November 1, 2023, surrounded by so much love and peace.
Michele was born to Peter & Audrey Jimenez on April 26, 1952, in Hayward, California. As a young child, Michele enjoyed many activities such as horseback riding and playing the piano. She always had many memories to share about growing up with her grandparents who migrated from Spain and was fluent in Spanish as well as English at a young age. She attended a Catholic school and although was raised Catholic did not practice any particular religion in her older years.
Over the years, Michele had brief relationships, including one marriage prior to finding the love of her life, Larry Whitlock.
Larry & Michele were married on March 17, 1984, in Hayward California. They spent much of their time in the early years of their marriage training service dogs, country dancing and traveling.
Michele was devoted to becoming a mother and although it took them several years to have a successful pregnancy, they welcomed their daughter Meghan into the world in 1989. Between the two of them, they had a blended family with five children.
Larry and Michele, along with their daughter Meghan settled in Brigham City (home to Larry) in 2001 after several years and moves. From there, Michele worked for a couple of different companies as a cost account manager before retiring in the fall of 2014.
Retirement was spent traveling with their coach up and down Idaho and Utah. The first few years they chased the sun, however the last few they wintered at home in Brigham City, where they got so much extra time with their kids and grandkids.
Michele’s grand babies were such a light in her life. She was always willing to help out in any way she could, and her grandchildren have so many memories of their time with their Mimi.
She also had many fur babies throughout the years, but she held a special place for her girl Mylie. We can only imagine the reunion they had. Her current boys, Harley & Archie sure miss their Mama. She loved them so very much.
In May of 2023, we got the devastating news that Michele had Stage 4 pancreatic and liver cancer. She fought every single day that she was here after that, to stay another day. She handled chemotherapy like a champ and had plans to fight for as long as she could. However, other medical issues crept up because of the cancer that left her body and mind weak. Her strength and vibrancy throughout the whole ordeal kept us all going.
Michele was someone who always had a listening ear, and a piece of advice for whatever problem life threw at you. She welcomed any and everyone into her home and life, with open arms and a hot meal. She will be missed by so many, and her loss has been felt tremendously throughout our community.
Michele is survived by her husband, Larry Whitlock, of 39 years. Her daughter, Meghan (Ty) Bywater, stepdaughter Heidi (Dave) Crawford, stepdaughter Amanda Tresch, stepson Chad Whitlock, step daughter Angela Anderson as well as many other ‘kids’ she claimed as hers. She is also survived by fourteen grandchildren, eight great - grandchildren, brother Mike Jimenez, newly found half-sister Deborah Gardner, and so many more loved ones who adored her. She is preceded in death by her parents, her in laws, her secondary parents Oz & Muriel Thomasson, grandparents, many aunts and uncles, and fur babies.
Her family would like to send a heartfelt thank you to her primary doctor, John Markeson of Brigham Internal Medicine. He was there with all of us, every step of the way. We will never be able to thank you and your staff enough for constantly fighting right alongside us. We’d also like to thank the staff at McKay Dee hospital. In particular, her oncologist, Dr. Eric Johnson. Although her diagnosis was terminal, he always made sure she knew her options, and if she wanted to fight, we would fight. He gave her control of her viscous disease and kept us on the right path. His sincerity and care throughout the last two months especially never went unnoticed and we are grateful he was there with us every step of the way.
Michele would always say “this too shall pass,” and she is correct. Until we see you again.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Meyers Mortuary in Brigham City, UT on Saturday November 18, 2023, from 11-1. The family invites any and all who loved Michele to come to share a memory and celebrate her life. Michele will be there in spirit, wearing her slippers and sweats.