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Michelle Lynn Kelleher

January 4, 1990 ~ July 13, 2022 (age 32)


Michelle Lynn Kelleher of Mebane, NC passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at her home. She started her earthly journey in Evergreen Park, IL on January 4, 1990. She was a loving daughter, sister, great friend to many, and mom to her cat Preta, dog Sir Wolf, and many chickens. 
Michelle is survived by her mother & step-father, Peg & Mike Macabobby of Wisconsin/Arizona; brother, Matthew Kelleher of Gilbert, AZ, Grandfather, Joe Kelleher of Las Vegas; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Kelleher.
Michelle loved living in North Carolina where she could thoroughly enjoy being in nature; a naturalist, herbalist, and permaculturist. She was a sponge for learning, highly educated both formally and informally. She earned two master’s degrees, was a Fulbright Scholar, and was an accomplished yoga instructor. She spoke three languages fluently and loved to travel, especially throughout South America. She enjoyed connecting with people and the places she traveled. An amazing musician, she taught herself to play many instruments, enjoyed creating music with her friends, and loved to sing and play her guitar. She was tenacious, bold, determined, generous, patient, kind, a great listener, and ultimate badass. 
A graveside funeral service will be held at 10 o’clock, Saturday morning, July 30, 2022 in the Garden of Renewal at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens, Wake Forest, North Carolina. There will be a celebration of life honoring Michelle in the Chicagoland area at a later date.
Cut flowers are welcome to be brought to the graveside service. In lieu of sending flowers or plants donations can be made to Natural Resource Defense Council (
Arrangements by Clancy Strickland Wheeler Funeral Home, Wake Forest (919-556-7400)


Graveside Service
July 30, 2022

10:00 AM
Pine Forest Memorial Gardens
770 Stadium Drive
Wake Forest, North Carolina 27587

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