Michelle Dawn Allan

December 26, 1959December 1, 2013
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Michelle Dawn (Malmquist) Allan, aged 53, passed away with her mother and husband at her side on Sunday, December 1, 2013 after her five year battle with cancer. Shelly grew up in the Hudsonville and Grandville area and graduated from Grandville High School in 1978. Soon after high school, she joined the Army National Guard where she met her true love, Larry. Together they continued to serve in the Army National Guard and Army Reserves and she was probably the only Sergeant to have her boots shined by a Captain. That Captain would win her heart and the two married on June 8, 1979. Surviving are her husband of 34 years, Larry T. Allan and their children; Sean (Angie) Allan, Derek (Julie) Allan, her precious grandchildren; Zoe, Zander, Gavin and Liam, her mother Sharon Malmquist, sister Luanne “Sunny” (Bob) Ferguson, special nephews; Ricky, Sammy, Joey, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Kim (Elaine) Allan, and many friends and extended family. She was preceded in death by her infant brother Michael, her father Allen Carl Malmquist, father-in-law Thomas Henry Allan, and mother-in-law Dolores Allan. Shelly will always be remembered for her love of children. She worked for The Grand Rapids Public Schools for over 20 years at both the Nutrition Center, and North Park Elementary School where she will always be remembered as the "Lunch Lady". Children always brought a smile to her face, and she was overjoyed to be “Ninny” and “Granny” to her four beautiful grandchildren. Please join her family for visitation on Sunday, December 8, 2013 from 3-8 pm at Reyers North Valley Chapel. Funeral Services will be held at 11 am on Monday, December 9, 2013 with Rev. Charles J. Schwartz officiating at the funeral home. One hour of additional visitation from 10-11 am prior to the service. Interment in Plainfield Township Cemetery. Our family would like to extend a personal thank you to neighbors Karla Devereaux and Kathy Odiorne, as words can't describe our appreciation for everything you have done. Our thanks to the staff of North Park School, her friends and co-workers at the Nutrition Center, the Staff at Lack's Cancer Center, and Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Faith Hospice, and all hospice doctors, nurses, support staff and volunteers. Please continue her dedication to education and the care of children by considering a memorial contribution in her memory to The North Park Elementary School PTA (3375 Cheney Ave NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525) with envelopes available at the funeral home.


  • Visitation Sunday, December 8, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, December 9, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 9, 2013

Michelle Dawn Allan

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amy potter

February 14, 2014

I did Michelle's hair at Meijer salon years back. What a neat lady. So caring. She always cared about people. She loved her family and always talked about them.

December 9, 2013

We had lost contact in the last couple of years. But when Shelly and I would get together for lunch we discussed “our cancer situations” and each of us were doing well at that time. We chatted about the good times we had enjoying time together when the kids were young~ swimming in their pool~ going to Greenville for the Danish Fair~ and getting together for picnics at a park~ camping at Gun Lake. We had lots of good times.
I am sorry that she lost her battle with cancer – she gave it a good fight!
Condolences to Larry, Sean, Derek and their families on this loss.

Connie Hannink and family

Sue Zimmerman

December 9, 2013

You are in our thoughts and prayers with our deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mother & Wife. We have lot's of fun-loving memories of Shelly.
Bob, Sue, Amanda & Ryan Zimmerman

December 9, 2013

Our condolences to her family, Shelly was a dear sweet lady, we will keep her family in our prayers.

Stan and Jana Arsulowicz

Mark Baldwin

December 9, 2013

Larry, Very sorry to hear of Shelly's passing. You and your family are in my prayers.

Felipa Schwartz

December 9, 2013

Know that Michael and I are praying for your family during this difficult time. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon Her.
Michael & Felipa Schwartz

Ruth Rozanski

December 8, 2013

Dear Allan family we will miss Shelly. I worked with her at the nutrition center for 7 years. When she said she was leaving we both cried, not knowing she would be at one of my schools I deliver to daily. I will miss my friend and have fond memories of her.God Bless all of you

JoAnn Barley

December 8, 2013

The barley family offer sincere prayers and love for the family at this time, JoAnn, Belinda, Steven, and Mary Kate

Dottie Maslowski-Harkes

December 6, 2013

Dear Allan family, I, (as well as my children and grandchildren, who lovingly called Shell Grandma Allan,)am profoundly saddened with the passing of a dear friend, co-worker, and family member. Our hearts and prayers go out to you all. There will be a huge void in this world for the rest of our days. I was singing a hymn, He Leadeth Me, shortly before I received notice that Michelle had gone to be with our Lord. "And when my task on earth is done, when by Thy grace the victory's won. Even death's cold wave I will not flee, Since tis God's hand that leadeth me." With sincerest sympathies,

Robert Sterner

December 5, 2013

I worked with her for 2 years ago and she will be miss and I am sorry for your family