In Memory of Michele Moore Spratley

1963 - 2015

The heavenly hosts acquired a new greeter recently. Born in the Bronx, New York on September 11, 1963, Michele attended public school there until the family moved to Middletown, NY where she attended Junior High and High School, graduating with honors. On Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Michele transitioned in peace and dignity to a better place. Her accepting warmth and 1,000 megawatt smile lit the lives and hearts of those around her on a moment-to-moment basis.

Michele possessed an innate empathy for others, and strove constantly to elevate the needs of those around her, above her own. She courageously fought the ravages of a long-term medical condition with grace and aplomb, with nary a word of complaint. She seemed to have the happy talent of synthesizing her discomfort to the elevation and betterment of others and, as a result, was widely loved by most she encountered.

Michele was highly intelligent with dual majors from the University of Texas in both English and Spanish. Additionally, her intellect, coupled with a frenetic work ethic, yielded success in careers in broadcast radio, the judicial system, and her most intrinsically rewarding: education. Michele worked as a Paraeducator/Translator for the Kent School District and flourished in the educational environment. She was prized by both pupil and pedagogue alike.

In her spare time Michele really enjoyed listening to good music, reading, playing Scrabble, and spending time with her family. She was an engaged and cherished daughter, sister and parent. Her last days before her passing were a source of great contentment to her as she was able to spend time with family and friends cooking, movie-watching and socializing.

Michele is loved and remembered by her sons, Michael Bateman and Kevin Bateman; daughter, Catherine Spratley; sister, Miriam Schaefer (Robert); sister, Tracy Woxland (Morgan); brother John Moore (Jessica); parents John and Renee Moore; nieces Jessica Gonzalez, Camryn Woxland, Katherine Moore, Sophia Moore; nephew Jordan Woxland; partner, companion, and Scrabble buddy, Steve St. Louis; and many loving friends.

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