Michelle Renee Stocks
We gather here today to remember the life of Michelle Renee Stocks, and celebrate what she meant to us all.
For those of you whom I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting, I am Bill Stocks, Michelle’s older (and only) brother. I would like to thank you all for coming here today to celebrate Michelle’s life with our family.
Michelle was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at St. Joseph’s hospital on November 22, 1972. Her parents, Brenda and Dave (John) Stocks drove to the hospital in a snow storm. However, I had to come with them to the hospital, because there wasn’t time to take me to my grandparent’s house.
So the nurses put my mom in a wheelchair and me in another. While Michelle was being born, the nurses took care of me until my grandparents arrived at the hospital. Thus began the life of this vivacious, funny, exciting, and beautiful little baby girl.
In 1976 Michelle began attending 4 year old Kindergarten at Elim Christian Academy. When she was 5 years old, praying during a youth rally at school, God miraculously filled her with His Spirit, and soon after she was baptized in the precious name of Jesus.
In 2nd grade Michelle started piano lessons and for the next 10 years continued her lessons with Mrs. Lambrecht. Michelle never complained about practicing. Playing the piano was her passion.
In 1990 Michelle graduated from high school at Parkway Christian Academy and went on to attend Bryant Stratton College. She believed in a strong work ethic, and upon graduation from Bryant Stratton her first job was at Advanced Health & Wellness in Milwaukee. She worked there 18 years. She not only took care of the patients physical needs, but their emotional needs as well. One time a patient who was having financial difficulties, came to the clinic for her appointment and brought 17 scarves she had made. Michelle bought all 17 scarves.
At an early age in elementary school, Michelle began to experience God calling her to a music ministry. Answering that call she ministered to many with her playing the piano and singing her Christian music.
My mom remembers Michelle’s “first love”. Being a typical teenager, she was spending too much time on the phone with this teenage boy. When her dad took the phone away, upset and sobbing went to her room. Mom tried to console her and explained that she was too young to get that upset over a boy. Mom explained no teenage boy is worth this discomfort. Michelle stopped crying, sat up and said, “you are right, I don’t need a boy, what I need is a man!”
Michelle loved life, people, and animals, (especially dogs). One night she bought home a fluffy black and white 2 month old puppy, despite mom’s disapproval. Mitzi was her pal for 12 years.
She was very conscientious throughout her life and after she started her career, without help from anyone, she purchased a Geo Tracker, 3 Ford pickup trucks, and 1 Mitsubishi.
Michelle loved God and exemplified her faithfulness by her Christian lifestyle. Church attendance was a top priority in Michelle’s life and she seldom missed a church service, only if she had a health issue or had to work.
Always reaching out to the underpriviledged and troubled soul. Her hard work, her caring nature, her humor and love of life are some traits that characterized this amazing and loving young woman.
I thought of you today, but that is nothing new.
I thought about you yesterday and days before that too.
I think of you in silence,
I often speak your name.
All I have are memories
and your picture in a frame.
Your memory is a keepsake from which I’ll never part.
God has you in His arms,
I have you in my heart.
Michelle, entered into Eternal Rest November 20, 2018, at the age of 45. She is the cherished daughter of Brenda G. Carr (nee Simmons) and John D. Stocks. Loving sister of Bill (Jessica) Stocks. Beloved aunt of Brooke and Taylor Stocks. Dear niece of Bill (Diane) Simmons and Linda (Fred) Emery. Fond cousin of Matthew Simmons, Marilyn (Marvin) Boucher, Michael (Teresa) Ward, and Amanda, Ashley, and Amber. Further survived other relatives by many dear friends.
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Just thinking about you this morning, Michelle….I miss you so much. Love you my friend. Yes, I’ll always stay in Pentecost- no matter what. ❤️