It's been four months now since my beloved wife of 25 years, Michele passed and perhaps it's time I got around to posting something.
For those who didn't make the viewing or funeral, here is the text of the obituary along with a photo from May 2014...
Michele Kendall (Cayce) was born on August 5, 1952 in Detroit, MI to her parents Louis Arnett and Evelyn Cayce. She attended St. Benedict the Moor grade school and Girls’ Catholic Central. Michele graduated from St. Hedwig High School in 1969 at the age of 16 and was the first Black graduate with honors. While in college, she worked for Wayne State University where she was hired on the spot due to her exceptional typing and dictation. While at WSU, she joined the ski club and continued to ski in years to come. In 1988 at Wayne State University, she completed her Pharmacy degree.
Michele married Jeff Kendall on May 20, 1989 and together had 2 children, Christopher and Elizabeth. Michele and Jeff celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this year and renewed their vows at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Nassau, Bahamas.
Michele worked in retail pharmacy at Rite Aid and Perry where she became the first African American female district pharmacy manager. She later worked in the central and OR pharmacies at Providence Hospital. Michele was always helping others. If she walked in and saw work needing to be done she simply pitched in without being asked. She was truly selfless and showed God’s Love at all times through her actions. She was greatly loved wherever she went.
Michele volunteered with the Girl Scouts and continued to help after her daughter left the troop. Michele also volunteered and dedicated her time to the church and her faith. Michele served as treasurer for the Ladies’ Altar Society at St Gregory Church. She supported Jeff during his years of diaconate formation going to countless meetings and often attending classes with Jeff. Michele was a woman of faith and enjoyed praying the rosary. Michele was a
devote attendee at church and requested communion at home when she no longer could attend.
Michele was determined to fight her breast cancer by all means possible and fought bravely until she passed peacefully in her sleep the morning of Friday, October 10, 2014. Michele was preceded in death by her parents Evelyn and Louis, and her oldest brother Louis. She is survived by: her husband Jeff, children Christopher and Elizabeth, her siblings Earl (Stephanie), Chrisandra (Albert), Eleanor (Raymond) and Wrenetha, along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren and close friends.