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Michele GRANT

Michele Susan Odegaard Grant, born on April 14, 1950, passed away on May 26, 2023, at the age of 73 due to unexpected complications of her chronic Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) at Norfolk General Hospital. She was the beloved wife of Douglas Grant for 33 years and the loving mother of son Drew Broughton (Maxine), daughter Amanda Broughton, stepsons David Radford-Grant (Carol) and Jonathan Grant (Annette Gayle). Additionally, she was a proud grandmother to eight grandchildren. Michele will be fondly remembered by her sister Pamela Prust (John DeVos) and sister-in-law Vivian Grant, as well as many cherished friends. She was predeceased by her parents Wilfred and Joyce Odegaard and sister Brenda Schofer (Todd). Michele leaves behind a large and loved extended family spread across Ontario, Saskatchewan, Florida, and England.

Michele’s journey began in St. Catharines, Ontario, as the middle of three siblings. Throughout her childhood, she faced severe asthma, which may have contributed to her development of unwavering resilience. Despite her later diagnosis of PKD, she became a shining example of the power of positive thinking. After moving around with her family, they settled in London, Ontario, where Michele earned her B.A. with a major in Literature. She pursued her true passions outside of her office work. As a single mother, she even found time to work as a popular fitness instructor, where she met Doug, her soulmate. With a subsequent B. Education degree, Michele transitioned her career to private tutoring and writing services, which aligned perfectly with Doug’s corporate moves across Ontario. Michele excelled in creating beautiful family homes and maintained an active work and social life throughout her life.

Family, health, community, and the cultural arts were at the core of Michele’s values. While appreciating the finer things in life, she also found joy in the simplicity of nature and creativity. Michele was a people-lover, thriving on a demanding schedule that involved balancing family, work, volunteering, entertaining, and social events. She possessed exceptional organizational skills that enabled her to succeed. Among her favorite activities were sailing, gardening, and enjoying live-theatre getaways with Doug.

In 2000, Michele and Doug retired in Norfolk, where Michele remained an active volunteer. Her involvement extended to various organizations, including the Norfolk Historical Society (as president), Simcoe Little Theatre (acting, singing, producing, directing), Lighthouse Festival Theatre, Norfolk General Hospital, retired teachers walking group, Lynn Valley Writers group, Lynn Valley choral group, and a book club she started. Michele cherished days that began with the delightful melodies of morning birdsong and concluded with the soothing lullaby of the evening chorus of robins. She found tranquility in the company of her husband, accompanied by soft music and a glass of wine.

Despite facing the challenges of her PKD, Michele exemplified discipline in her diet and fitness. As a remarkable kidney transplant patient for 23 years, she surpassed all expectations for length and quality of life set by her PKD doctors. In her final days, Michele was unable to maintain her active lifestyle but still cherished the possibility of a perfect day.

We pay tribute to Michele for her unwavering dedication to living a meaningful life and are thankful for the additional time she bestowed upon us. The family expresses their gratitude to the staff at NGH for their outstanding care and compassion, as well as the Thompson Waters Funeral Home. Memorial donations in Michele’s name to The Kidney Foundation of Canada, Simcoe Little Theatre, or a preferred local charity are greatly appreciated. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date to commemorate Michele’s remarkable journey.

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