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Michelle "Shelly" Dawn Slankard

9 marzo , 195714 septiembre , 2020
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Mrs. Michelle Dawn Slankard passed peacefully into Heaven on September 14th, 2020 in Littlerock, CA. She was born on March 9th, 1957 to Ervin and Ardette Dyrdahl. She was the youngest of five children. She was born in West Covina, CA. She lived in El Segundo and West Los Angeles.

When Michelle was 15, she met Mike Slankard and at 16 she and Mike got married on October 5th, 1973. They were married for 48 years. They moved to the Antelope Valley in 1986 and raised their three sons. Michelle liked teaching special needs children. She worked at school for 15 years. She will be sorely missed.

She is survived by her sister Kathy and brother Craig. Her sons Michael, Jeffrey, and Timothy. Grandchildren Alexis, Michael, Jonathan, Sarah, Derek, Benjamin, Great Grandchildren Xander and Xiomara plus Daughter in Laws Denise, Manu and Reanna. Last but not least her husband Mike Slankard, her partner for life, who always LOVED and cared for her and will miss her every second of every day.

A visitation for Michelle will be held Monday, September 28, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Joshua Memorial Park & Mortuary, 808 East Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, CA 93535. A funeral service will occur afterwards at 12:00 PM. Graveside service will occur 1:00 PM after services. We ask that all guests must wear a face mask during services due to the State of California's social distancing regulations. There will be 60 chairs available for close family and friends, all others that attend will need to stand. More people will be allowed in the cemetery for graveside services.

Servicios

  • Visitation

    lunes, 28 septiembre , 2020

  • Funeral Service

    lunes, 28 septiembre , 2020

  • Graveside Service

    lunes, 28 septiembre , 2020

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Alice McGee

octubre 3, 2020

I have never known anyone like Michelle. She is such a character, so honest, so sincere, friendly, says what's on her mind. She was a prankster, fun loving. She had a clear sense of right and wrong and a strong moral compass filled with a dedication to community. She lived with the joy and enthusiasm of a child and the work ethic and reliability of a model adult. Her leaving so suddenly is such a shocking, heart wrenching loss. She remains always as the giver of warm memories and lots of laughs that she instigated daily. We feel so grateful and honored to have worked with her for so many years.

Alice McGee

octubre 3, 2020

My deepest heartfelt sympathy to the Slankard family ...and to Michelle's co-workers in the preschool.

Michelle was a good friend, happy, giving, gullible, so matter-of-fact , consistent, and packed full of energy and enthusiasm. She went ALL out for holidays! Pinochio for one Halloween! For Christmas, she hand made gifts for the whole staff (and even our grandchildren) and then, she walked around campus handing out these gifts from a large basket to everyone she saw.
Whenever there was a change in on our team, Michelle was the one who instantly took that new assistant under her wind to acclimate them to the way our team rolled. She soon moved on the her statndard questions about favorite colors and doughnuts! Everyone was treated with the same kindness, interest and humor.
Every year, Michelle would bring her turtles, usually in May and guide the kids thru touching and petting them. It was such a new and powerful hands on experience for them. Everyone loved that event. Other staff members would stop in as well. She even brought her beloved chickens.
Michelle brought her grandson sometimes for the day to play with the kids, and before that her granddaughter. All her sons and their wives visited at one time or another. Such a close family. She shared her family and herself. If any trike or toy (or that huge wall mounted maze) broke, she'd say "Mike can fix it, he has all the tools". And she was right, he did fix it every time. One year, Mike cut out puzzles of wood and Michelle painted them with themes that matched our curriculum. Mike and Michelle are such a unique couple, independent people who loved to do things together, totally supporting one another.

Tim Slankard

septiembre 28, 2020

Momma today was very special and one of the very worst days in my life we let you go today from earth but not from god or our hearts. Like Mike and we all think and know and say u were the best mom ever you loved use so dearly and loved those kids so much too it’s so weird not being able to call you and tell you that I love u so much anymore but thank god I was able to the day before you passed I left you a sling shot and a raft in your coffin so that maybe in heaven you can remember the days we played so much at the creek I know one of your very best memories was following me and Tyler while we walked three the creek with a sling shot and BB gun we had the funniest time not hurting anything but looking like Rambo at about 10 mom we love you with all my hearts I’ll talk to you soon love you Benjamin derek reanna and Tim p.s. reanna says she will always do her best to keep up taking care of me the way u did

Dave and Janet La Plante

septiembre 28, 2020

As neighbors of the Slankards for over 30 years we have so many fond memories of our children growing up together, backyard bbq’s and swimming at their house and of course their awesome Halloween parties where everyone came in costume, brought something yummy to eat and just enjoyed playing games and having fun together. Michelle always had something fun planned for the kids to do. She was always out walking the neighborhood as the kids grew up and we enjoyed occasional chats on the street whenever we would meet up. We were always amazed at how crafty she was - always making something and I remember our scrapbooking days fondly. Michelle, May you rest in the arms of our Heavenly Father sweet friend and lady and may the Lord comfort your family in the days ahead. Knowing how wonderful and cherished you were to all of your family and friends, I pray that you may rest in eternal peace until we see you again. With love and sympathy to the entire Slankard family, Dave and Janet.

Jill Amistadi

septiembre 28, 2020

One thing that brings me extreme comfort in this time of incredible loss is the many, many conversations that Michelle and I had about her love for the Lord the comfort she knew because she had accepted Christ as her Savior. I know without a shadow of doubt that she is even right now at peace in glory with Christ. Michelle knew that when she died she would be in heaven for eternity. I know that I will see her again one day there and we will have all eternity to walk the streets of gold together with all those who have loved the Lord and gone on before. See you someday soon, love and miss you still!

Jill Amistadi

septiembre 28, 2020

Michelle was a wonderful co-worker and she will be greatly missed by all of her friends that she has worked with over the years.

Jill Amistadi

septiembre 28, 2020

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Michelle was a hard worker and really didn't like to sit or take a break. She was so cute and I think we all took it as a challenge to try to outdo her or to get a door for her or to buy her a drink or a meal, because she was always so quick to take care of us and we hardly ever got to treat her. What a fuss she would make when we did it, but secretly I think it pleased her that we all tried.
She was consistent and purposeful and I know her gifts had to include encouraging others, serving others first, kind heartedness, patience (not when driving), willingness and compassion. (certainly not an exhaustive list but she isn't shooting for sainthood)

Jill Amistadi

septiembre 28, 2020

Michelle was the most endearing person. She was wonderful and lively, filled with endless energy. She had a way of saying things that were silly and yet oddly accurate, for example she would offer to go "plasticize" the pictures, which meant "laminate". She was very polite she knocked before entering a classroom and was always quick to say please and thank you and was great in teaching that to the children.

Jill Amistadi

septiembre 28, 2020

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Michelle was dependable and so faithful. She loved the children and they knew it, they would all run to her and greet her, they wanted her to play with them on the playground. They would come up to her and grab her hand and say play with me. She was great, she didn't mind how badly her back would hurt her she would just go play, she sat on the floor or in the tiny chairs playing house or trains, trucks or dress up. She literally glowed as she played with the children. As Michelle aged and her hair changed to be greyer, the children could be heard calling her grandma, she'd get a big grin and her eyes would glow when that happened, she loved it all.

Jill Amistadi

septiembre 28, 2020

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I have had the joy of working with Ms. Michelle for the last several years, well, as long as she has worked for the Early Childhood Special Education Program in Palmdale, known as First Steps. I was really blessed to have her working directly with me in my classroom the past 2 years. Michelle was early to work everyday had the lights on, doors unlocked and the coffee brewed, well before anyone else showed up.

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