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Michelle Caldwell, 50 Print E-mail

Michelle F. Caldwell, 50, of Gardnersville, passed away on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at her home.

She was born in Kenton County on August 20, 1962, to the late Harvey Joe and Pearl Catherine Richie Yoakum. On October 4, 1980, she married Christopher Jay Caldwell, and her dear husband survives her passing. A 1980 graduate of Pendleton High School, Michelle received her bachelor of arts degree from Cincinnati Bible College in 2000 and her masters degree in school social work from the University of Kentucky in 2007. She was employed by Pendleton County Schools, where she was a counselor at Northern Elementary in Butler. She enjoyed serving the Lord at Grassy Creek Christian Church and there she served as worship leader, choir and drama director, Sunday school teacher and ladies softball coach. Michelle felt blessed to have received numerous accolades in her life, including being named as a Kentucky Colonel in 1983 by Governor Martha Lane Collins, serving as Mid-West representative for the Kentucky Board of School Social Workers, and receiving the Pendleton County Outstanding Citizen Award in 2012 from the Pendleton County Chamber of Commerce.  Michelle felt grateful to have served Pendleton County in various ways:  She was a Pendleton County bus driver for seven years, a family advocate for the resource center, a case management worker for Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Pendleton County, an active advocate with Pendleton County's Relay for Life, a charter member of the Pendleton County alumni band, and a charter member of the Kentucky Thorough-Breasts Dragon Boat Team.

At the age of 37, Michelle was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Seven years later she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. For 13 years, she battled the effects of this disease while making a difference in the lives of her family, her students, her friends, her community, and beyond.  Through all of her trials, she was optimistic, giving all of the credit to her faith, family, and friends. She was a true inspiration to all who knew her.

Surviving are, in addition to her husband of 32 years, Jay,  daughter,  Lindsey (Nick) Wright;   son, Adam (Brittany) Caldwell, both of Gardnersville; brother, Michael Joe Yoakum, Falmouth; sister, Elisha Yoakum Carr, Falmouth; granddaughter, Emelia "Eme" Michelle Wright; several nieces and nephews; and a host of extended family and friends.

Funeral services were held Sunday, October 28, 2012, at the Grassy Creek Christian Church, DeMossville, with Bro. Mike Flynn officiating. Special music was shared by Aimee Gallagher, Shanon Brannen, David Bay, and Anita Hunt.

Serving as pallbearers were Tony James, David Bay, Terry Richie, Gary Gampfer,  Jeremy Oldham, Mike Nienaber,  Jack Caldwell, Sonny Caldwell, and Darryl Caldwell. The honorary pallbearers were Keith Johnson,  Charles Doutaz, Kirtley Brown, Rocky Hughes, Dale Stahl, Edwin Stahl I, Edwin Stahl, II, Carl Wetterhan, Ron Turley, Bruce Gosney, John Yoakum, and Bennie Longworth. A special presentation was made by the Hardin-Browning Post #109.

Interment took place in the Gardnersville Cemetery, Pendleton County.

Memorials are suggested to the Grassy Creek Christian Church (memo line:  Capital Improvements):  6884 Highway 17N, DeMossville, KY 41033 or The Kentucky Thorough-Breasts:  P.O. Box 76213, Highland Heights, KY 41076. Woodhead Funeral Home, Falmouth, is serving the family.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.woodheadfuneralhome.com