While surrounded by friends and family, Chelsie Mary Garrels was taken from us far too soon from a courageous battle to Metastatic Breast Cancer on November 2nd, 2021, in Butte MT. Chelsie was born to Trevor and Kristie Garrels in Missoula, MT on January 12th, 1988. A few years later she created a special bond with her little brother Joshua Garrels, one that kept them close for years to come. Graduating Butte High School in 2006 led her to further her education at Cappella University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business in 2020. She was highly recognized for her loyalty, drive, professionalism and outstanding work ethic at all places of employment. Following a lifelong dream of being a photographer she created “Guss Guss Photography” where she spent countless hours truly indulging in and enjoying her job, capturing memories to last a lifetime. In 2020, with much perseverance, she opened her first photography studio where she would expand her passion. She had a love for the outdoors, anything she loved it including a good softball game, hunting with dad or just a ride out with the family. Chelsie’s biggest love and devotion was to her two boys, who made up the entirety of her world, Wyatt and Morgan Garrels. She was always a devoted mother striving to give them the best life in every way possible. Her time with the boys was her absolute favorite from baseball, camping, hunting, and fishing to just cuddling on the couch for movie night. From scraped knees and boo boos to outstanding circumstances she was there with tremendous amounts of love and strength holding them tight, and never missing a kiss goodnight. Chelsie was a mother figure to many more than just her own as she always had her arms and heart wide open. She shared her courageous ways and wisdom in so many ways to so many around her. Chelsie was phenomenal at everything she did. Her drive for work, life, family and friends was extraordinary. The beauty of her friendship made a mark on anyone who had the honor of knowing her. Her strength was admirable and always shared that strength with anyone who needed it. Full of care and compassion she would always put others needs before her own, if you needed something she had it done before even being asked, always giving her time, knowledge and heart. She had true fire and grit full of courage and strength to overcome any obstacle, absolutely Butte Tough. A one of a kind, a warrior, self-spoken, remarkable human being. Her smile and laugh were very contagious, if she was laughing you were too and if you weren’t smiling before she would change that real quick. She is honesty, beauty and confidence all rolled into one. A beautiful, courageous, young woman who impacted so many lives will be dearly missed by all. A special thank you to our community for such tremendous support from all through such a difficult time. Chelsie is survived by her two children, Wyatt Trevor Garrels (age 11) and Morgan Otto Garrels (age 8), her parents, Trevor and Kristie Garrels, her brother, Joshua Garrels (wife Courtney and nephews Jackson and Ryder), her grandparents, Lou and Alberta Lopez and Lloyd and Joyce Garrels, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
A celebration of her life will be held at 6pm on Monday, November 15th, at the Front Street Station, 800 E. Front St., Butte MT. In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Chelsie are encouraged to Chicks-n-Chaps by visiting http://chicknchaps.org/donate/ or by: PO Box 4442, Missoula, MT 59806.
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Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Chelsie and her family.