Michelle Highwood, 53, of Great Falls, passed away on June 13, 2020. A celebration of life will be held at a later date, to be determined.
She was born January 14, 1967, at Unity Hospital in Fridley, Minnesota, to parents Richard and Jacqueline Marie Montague. Michelle grew up In Blaine, Minnesota, until age 11, when they moved to Billings, Montana in 1978. She attended Bench Elementary, Castle Rock Junior High, and Senior High in Billings. She got her GED in Sheridan, Wyoming and her college degree at Sheridan Community College, while working at Renew in Sheridan. She then moved back to Billings and worked for Residential Support Services, various group homes, until moving to Great Falls. She loved taking care of people, especially children.
She met Stephen Highwood in Great Falls on August 29, 1989, and they were married in Billings on August 25, 1990. This would have been their 30th wedding anniversary in August. Their daughter, Shandi Cloei-Marie was born in 1994, and daughter, Brianna Lynn-Marie was born in 2008. The middle name Marie was a tradition in the family.
Michelle worked for Quality Life Concepts, Easter Seals and Vocational rehab for the blind in Great Falls, which she loved. She and Stephen ran Peace of Mind Daycare in their home for many years and then went on to do foster care for many years after that.
Michelle's favorite movie was The Sound of Music and a few of her favorite things were tigers, her poodle, Lovey, watching many types of dance, and she always enjoyed vacations to her family’s cabin in Minnesota where she went boating on the lake.
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