OBITUARY

Michele Dillehay "MaGnanadevi Ananda"

January 11, 1956May 10, 2013

Michele Dillehay “Ma Gnanadevi Ananda” Dies at 57 Oklahoma City May13, 2013 Oklahoma City native Michele Dillehay died on May 10, 2013. She was 57 years old. Michele is survived by her sisters Kaylyn Dillehay Blank and Shaun Dillehay, brother-in-law Larry Blank and her nieces/nephew Jamie Blank, Michael Blank, Danielle Blank and Haley Dillehay Lister. Predeceased are sister Jamie Dillehay, parents Gene and Patricia Dillehay and her beloved dog Silver. Memorial services will be held on Friday, May 17, 2:00 pm at Guardian Funeral Home located at 5820 NW 41st Street. Michele Dillehay was born on January 11, 1956 in Oklahoma City. She was awarded the “All-Round Sports Athlete” at Coronado Heights Elementary School, Cheerleader at Hefner Junior High, and Resident Artist at Putnam City High School, where she graduated in 1974. Michele received an art scholarship to Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri. After college, she served in the Navy as an Avionics Technician. She then worked as a Horticulture Technician and also worked on electric cars in Detroit, MI. Back in Oklahoma City, she worked in the parts department at Maxey’s Honda Motorcycles. She used her avionics technician skills again at Commander Aircraft at the Wiley Post Airport in Bethany, OK, Kestrel Aircraft in Norman, OK, March Air Force Base in Riverside, CA and the Air National Guard in Oklahoma City. Michele received her doctorate in Naturopathy in 2003 from the Trinity School of Natural Health and then became certified as a Massage Therapist in 2004. From 2004 – 2007 Michele served in Iraq as a civilian aircraft technician, working on Blackhawk helicopters. She received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Task Force 3-17 Calvary during “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” Michele explored her spiritual path of Hinduism in India. She legally changed her name to Ma Gnanadevi Ananda – the name given to her by the Swamiji, which means “Enlightened Healer”, In 2010 Ma Gnanadevi enrolled at Metro Technology Centers in Oklahoma City to learn Aviation Maintenance Technology. She graduated from Metro Tech in March 2012 and received the Academics Excellence Award for her graduating class. Ma Gnanadevi received her Airframe and Powerplant licenses through the FAA. She began working at AAR in September 2012 as an aircraft mechanic. Ma Gnanadevi lost her battle to breast cancer in Oklahoma City, OK. She was an adventurer and seeker of knowledge. Ma touched the lives of many and will not be forgotten. In lieu of flowers, you may send donations to the National Park Foundation at www.nationalparks.org or the Animal SPCA at https://donate.aspca.org/donate/. These charities were chosen for Ma’s love of nature and animals. You may post your thoughts and memories on Michele’s/Ma’s website at www.dignitymemorial.com/guardian-funeral-homes-west-chapel/en-us/index.page

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, May 17, 2013
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August 16, 2013

Michelle was a very special person.

Peggy Oyer

August 14, 2013

May GOD bless you and your family during this tough time

June 10, 2013

May God continue to be with this family. Deeply sorry for your loss. God is still Here, throw all of your anxiety and burden upon him.

Bing and Lienie Poh

June 5, 2013

I really didn't know Michele very well, but I always have a soft spot for all the Dillehays, first, because of Shaun, her sister and both her parents. Pat and Gene. Please accept our condolences and prayers that God will embrace you and comfort you.
Bing and Lienie Poh

B. Davis

June 1, 2013

May God (Psalm 83:18) creator of all grant you peace and continous great memories of your love one

Olga Oquendo

May 27, 2013

My deepest condolences. May God provide comfort and strength during this grieving time.

Lea Vetter-Lichty

May 22, 2013

I , too, knew Michelle in the 70s. At one time we lived in the same house. She was a wonderful person with a great love for all of nature and art. She was a very talented artist. May the Gods bless you and comfort you. She has passed at too young an age.... With Love, Lea

Dee LaPorte

May 21, 2013

I knew Michele in the 70s when we worked together on Jerome Wheeler's plays in Columbia, MO. Among other roles, I was one of the ponies that she made the paper mache heads for. Michele was an amazing, talented person with a soulful sweetness that drew people close. Though I hadn't had contact with her for decades, she was someone not easily forgotten and all our lives were enriched by knowing her. Say hi to Jerome, Ken & Sheila for us Michele!

Kristen Morris

May 20, 2013

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

John Randolph

May 20, 2013

So saddened to learn of Michele's death. I knew Michele in the 70's in Columbia MO. I knew her as a very artistic and creative person; I watched her create beautiful paper mache animal heads that were used as costume props for a local play "Gomez and the Catnip Mouse". I hadn't seen Michele in the decades since then but from the comments here it's clear she kept her gentle nature and loving disposition. My sincere condolences to all her family and friends.