Michelle was born on December 28, 1960 in Flint, Michigan to Joyce (Leach) and Carlton Dickens. Michelle passed away on February 22, 2022 in St. James Hospital, Butte Montana.
She was preceded in death by her brother Michael Dickens and her step-father Richard Mantey who she loved very much.
Michelle was married to Edward Helm on July 28, 2017. She was the love of his life. He survives her. She is also survived by her mother Joyce Mantey, brother Marty (Lois) Dickens of Michigan. Children Justin Mann and Mariah Dickens of Michigan. Grandchildren Abel and Hunter Mantey, Derek and Christopher Figoli of Colorado. Her In-Laws Gloria and Jim Rogers, Butte, Brother-in-law Thomas Helm, Kremlin, MT. Also, nieces and nephews and many cousins and friends throughout the country.
Michelle graduated from Western High School in Auburn, Michigan as an honor student with a 4.0. She was very active in school sports and especially enjoyed track, earning many awards. She was also an excellent swimmer. She was an accomplished artist both drawing and painting. After High school she was offered the opportunity to attend Perdue and pursue mechanical drawing. However, she did attend Delta College in Michigan for a time.
Michelle lived in Florida, Texas and Colorado. In Montana she lived in Lincoln and West Yellowstone before coming to Butte with Ed. She wore many hats during her work life as a cashier, bartender and cook. She was a great cook, preparing delicious meals and sharing cookies and treats with everyone.
Michelle had a very kind loving heart. She had a generous spirit and made friends wherever she went. She will be missed by many. She was a great cook and made fantastic cookies.
Michelle had a great love of animals. During the time she lived in West Yellowstone she had befriended a fox, who would come to her door looking for a treat. She loved her fur babies, three Siamese cats, Moki, Peanut and Snicky and her dog Axel. They were all rescues. She loved feeding the birds and watching the activity at her feeder. She also fed the little feral cats who came to her door.
Michelle is a direct descendent of Charles Dickens and therefore she loved to write. Michelle’s great grandparents had a farm in Michigan where she fell in love with horses. When she was a junior in high school, she worked at a large horse farm. She enjoyed riding and helping to train the horses and especially loved the Arabians.
A memorial service will be held at a later date and her ashes spread at that time.
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Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Michelle and her family.