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Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home

515 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC

OBITUARY

Marge Michel

May 19, 1934July 18, 2013
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Greensboro: Mrs. Margaret Anne Butterfield Michel, 79, died peacefully in the presence of her children after a short illness of cancer. Marge was known for her integrity, strong sense of responsibility, family focus, and community involvement.

A celebration of her life will be at 1:30 pm in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church on Friday, July 26, 2013. The family will visit with friends in the Atrium of the Church following the service. Marge's family is most thankful to the members and staff of First Baptist Church to allow the use of their sanctuary while the sanctuary of First Presbyterian is being renovated.

Born on May 19, 1934 Marge was the daughter of Retha Darsee Butterfield and Carl D. Butterfield of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She spent her early years in Iowa before attending the University of Northern Iowa, where she met the love of her life, Jake Michel. After his graduation and return from military duty in Korea, they both taught for the Iowa Braill and Sight Saving School for the Blind.

The family moved to Greensboro in 1971 following a consulting position with the Greensboro Public School System. In 1972, Marge and Jake established The Education Center, a company which publishes materials for elementary school teachers and students in the U.S. and abroad. Marge oversaw the development of successful products and magazines. This helped establish The Michel Family Foundation Teaching Resource Center for school teachers through a partnership with the UNC-G School of Education. Marge and Jake shared a devotion to the learning of children and to helping them reach their potential. They believed if education is interesting children will learn.

In 1986, Marge and Jake purchased and restored a Queen Anne Victorian Mansion in Asheville, NC and developed the property into a Four Star, Four Diamond restaurant and Inn, Richmond Hill inn.

Marge gave to the community. Her philanthropic efforts started early through her lifelong commitment to First Presbyterian Church culminating with her becoming a Church Elder in 2008. She was active with Outreach efforts within the Church and Community. She also served on the following boards as well as many others in the triad region: Board of Trustees and Chair of Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, Board of Trustees of Greensboro Children’s Museum, Board of Directors Women’s Resource Center, University of Northern Iowa Foundation Board, Board of Directors First Citizens Bank, Member of United Way Tocqueville Society and Founding Member, Board of Directors of Triad Stage. In 2012 the Association of Fundraising Professionals of North Carolina, Triad Chapter recognized the Lifetime Achievement Award to Marge and posthumously to Jake Michel.

Marge was a dynamic and wonderful person whose positive energy was contagious. She was also a humble person with a strong sense of sharing. Her optimistic outlook gave hope to many organizations and individuals, which was followed through with an action plan to see the goals reached, and getting the ‘items checked off her list’. When everyone wanted to plan and discuss, she just wanted to do and get things done. She did so much, and was very peaceful throughout her last days as she shared her contentment. Any suffering was finally replaced with peace and beauty.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert John “Jake” Michel on August, 8, 2012.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter Mary Temoche, daughter Susan, son Joseph and wife Hilburn, grandchildren, Lauren Temoche, Olivia Temoche, Amelia Temoche, Grace Michel, Katharine Michel and Robert Michel. She also leaves her sister Nancy Johnson, nieces Darcy Howard and husband Keith, and Andrea Cusack and husband Matt, also, great nieces and nephews Alaina Howard, Natalie Howard, Gavin Cusack and Kaden Cusack.

The family expresses their appreciation to friends and staff at Well Spring Retirement Community; Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro nurses, social work and Kidspath; Dr. Traci Turner, MD; staff of first Presbyterian Church and Hanes-Lineberry. And to friends near and far, our family extends its deep gratitude for bonds built over a lifetime and for relationships that have enriched all of our lives

Memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church. 617 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC, 27408 or Well Spring Retirement Community, Benevolence Fund, 4100 Well Spring Dr. Greensboro, NC 27410.

On line condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, July 26, 2013

  • Receiving of friends

    Friday, July 26, 2013

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November 3, 2013

I have known Margaret since I was a little girl. My father was her mother's brother. We were young kids,so long after you had started your family, we were still spending time with your mother and father. Margaret was definitely a Darsee. Such a strong sense of integrity and courage. The world will miss her and Jake. I will miss them. Lisa Darsee Quimby -your cousin

Amelia Temoche

July 30, 2013

My grandmother was a very special person in my life. She was there for me; we laughed together, we cried together, and we shared things with each other that we hadn't shared with anyone else. She always had something to say or advice to give. She was a selfless, caring person who had a special love for her family and community. She was always an exceptional mentor, teacher, and intellectual. She holds a very special place in my heart, a space that can never be fulfilled. You will be dearly missed Gram

Kimberly Hopkins

July 27, 2013

I had the honor of knowing both Marge & Jake when I worked at Richmond Hill Inn. They put so much time & love into the Inn...into every special, little detail & unique touch that set Richmond Hill Inn apart. It was such an incredible place! It was always a delight when Marge was on site & her smile was infectious! I'm so sorry for your loss & I will keep your family in my prayers! May God hold all of you close during this difficult time! There's a new, special angel in heaven now...right by Jake's side!

Robert Nix Gentry

July 26, 2013

Dear Susan, Mary, Joe and Family,
My heart breaks knowing we have lost a beautiful soul and a loving person. To me she was known as the Matriarch of Richmond Hill Inn, and what a privilege it was to work for the Michel family. I hope you find comfort in knowing just how many lives she has touched. I hope that soon you will forget that she has died and begin remembering that she lived. And that her life has given us many memories too beautiful to forget. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

July 26, 2013

Mike Richardson

July 26, 2013

I initially met Marge on a Danube River cruise, being introduced by her sister Nancy. Subsequently I met both her and her husband in North Carolina. I really enjoyed Marge's friendliness and hospitality. I believe she made this world a better place with her interest in education and people's lives. I certainly appreciate being one of the people she included in her accumulation of friends.

Nancy Johnson

July 23, 2013

Nancy Johnson

July 23, 2013

Nancy Johnson

July 23, 2013

Marge was many things to many people, but to me she was my big sister. It was with her that I shared memories of childhood: designing clothes for our paper dolls, sledding down the hill in our own backyard, listening to Saturday morning radio, riding bikes, playing checkers. She was the one who walked protectively, hand-in-hand, with me to my first days of kindergarten. How lucky I feel that we had opportunities, during the last couple of months, to reminisce about those days. And of course we continued to build memories with each other, and our families, as we grew up and then grew older. Perhaps she summed it up best when just a couple of weeks ago, aware that she would not be here much longer, she said to me, “I don't think we have any unfinished business. There were times when we drove each other crazy, but we always knew that we loved each other.” Seemed to me a pretty good description of sisterhood. Now I grieve for you Marge, more even than I knew I would. I'm gonna miss you, big sister.

Andrea Cusack

July 23, 2013

When I was four we moved to Greensboro from Michigan with our mother Nancy, largely because that is where her sister Marge and brother-in-law Jake lived with their children. So many of my childhood memories include Aunt Marge, Uncle Jake and my cousins Mary, Susan and Joe. Most of our holidays and celebrations were spent together, as well as many family vacations to High Rock Lake, the NC mountains, and the beaches of Pine Knoll Shores. I am thankful to have grown up in a close and loving family, and will miss my Auntie Margaret terribly, as I already miss my dear Uncle Jake.
Sending our love to all of you-
Andrea, Matt, Gavin and Kaden Cusack

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