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Pixley Funeral Home

322 West University Drive, Rochester, MI

OBITUARY

Michele M. Presley

July 20, 1952November 30, 2019
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Michele Morningstar Presley was born July 20, 1952 to Lee Nelson and Betty Adell (Kurowski) Morningstar. She grew up in Troy, Michigan with her surviving siblings, David (Ruthann) Morningstar, Judy (Lynn) Rich, Sally Phillips, and Nancy (Jack) Cardinell.

Michele graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and a Master’s degree in Audiology. She worked as the director of the library in Addison Township, Michigan. Later, she worked at the library in Palestine, Texas.

She married her high school and college sweetheart, William Harrison Presley, III. The two were married August 2, 1974. They were blessed with three children, Elizabeth Anne (Nathan) Winkelman, Courtney Lynn (Patrick John) Butcher, and Daniel Jameson (Erin Lynn) Presley.

Her children, in turn, gave her the joys of her life, her grandchildren, Ammon and Eli; Harrison, Jack and Evelyn; Kylee, Timothy, and Lillian.

She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews who will greatly miss the joys that was their loved Aunt Tuts.

Michele was passionate about her miniature horses. She showed many of them at the National Championships, especially her much loved Strutt. She will also be missed by her mini donkey, Amos; her spirit animal.

Michele will be missed by her family and friends. We, her family, are especially grateful to her adopted Texas family, Randy and Laura Beth Demse.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 6-8 PM at Pixley Funeral Home, 322 W. University Dr., Rochester, MI. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 2 PM at White Chapel Cemetery, 621 W. Long Lake Rd., Troy, MI.

  • FAMILY

  • William Harrison Presley, III, Husband
  • Elizabeth Anne (Nathan) Winkelman, Daughter
  • Courtney Lynn (Patrick John) Butcher, Daughter
  • Daniel Jameson (Erin Lynn) Presley, Son
  • Ammon and Eli; Harrison, Jack and Evelyn; Kylee, Timothy, and Lillian, Grandchildren
  • Amos, Mini Donkey
  • Lee Nelson and Betty Adell (Kurowski) Morningstar, Parents (deceased)
  • David (Ruthann) Morningstar, Brother
  • Judy (Lynn) Rich, Sister
  • Sally Phillips, Sister
  • Nancy (Jack) Cardinell, Sister
  • Randy and Laura Beth Demse, Adopted Texas family

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, December 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 6, 2019

Memories

Michele M. Presley

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Jill Morningstar Wadlin

December 3, 2019

I have so many wonderful childhood and teenage memories of growing up with Mickey in our hometown of Troy, Michigan. Mickey was more than a cousin to me back then, she was my best friend, and living around the block from each other gave us the opportunity to spend countless hours together. Unfortunately, as often happens when friends and family members move away from home, we didn't keep in close contact after graduating from high school in 1970; however, we re-connected and kept in touch on a regular basis once I learned she was diagnosed with cancer, and she kept me up-to-date on her procedures and treatments, as well as her progress and set-backs.

Mickey did her research and was an extremely well-informed patient. She often questioned and challenged her physicians which they found annoying, but she didn't care. When Mickey would tell me about these encounters it always brought a smile to my face as it was so typical of her; never back-down!

Mickey was quite the family historian and loved to talk about our time growing-up together. She especially enjoyed talking about get-togethers at Aunt Lilas' house, Grandpa Morningstar's monkey Joe, and some of our mischievous childhood behavior. Just a few weeks ago she reminded me of how we got in big trouble for carving our initials in a tree at Boulan park during summer vacation day camp; she even knew the name of the camp counselor who caught us.

By far, Mickey's favorite topic of discussion was her horses and Amos the donkey. These animals meant everything to her and brought her great joy and comfort, especially when she was having a bad day. She often mentioned how her friends Randy and Laura took care of the animals when she was unable to do so herself. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for the help they provided Mickey which enabled her to keep her horses and Amos as long as possible.

Mickey was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Patsy Koeneke

December 3, 2019

I met all of you in Arizona when we were neighbors. Michele and I volunteered together in Miss Borchard's first grade classroom. My favorite memory, though, was after a summer storm when I looked out my kitchen window and saw Michele walking on top of the back fence, checking out everyone's backyards. She was looking for a whale or an alligator pool float that had blown away from your yard/pool during the storm. I don't know if she found it, but I am always amused when I think of this. So sorry that you have lost your beloved wife, mom and grandmom. Prayers for all of you, hoping that your photos and your memories of times together will bring you comfort. God bless you and give you peace. May she rest in eternal peace. Patsy

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