Michelle Dawn Drake, peacefully passed away at home on November 2, 2018. She was in the company of her mother when she entered the arms of the Lord. Michelle had been courageously fighting breast cancer for the last couple of years, and despite her diagnosis, she still lived her life her way, and with a smile that would lighten up the darkest skies. Michelle was born December 17, 1970 in San Angelo Texas. She lived in Phoenix and Tempe Arizona for most of her life. She resided with her mother Cecelia during her last two years, and had been her caretaker, best friend, and stood by her side all the way.
Michelle is survived by her mother Cecelia Pineda, father Neil Drake, step-father Terry Pineda, step-mother Margaret, sister Maria Vavra, step-sister Gina Mart, Aunt Lisa St. James, Niece Alexandra Vavra, and Nephew Jacob Vavra. Michelle was known by her niece and nephew as “Auntie M”, and was known by her friends as “Mickey”. Michelle has touched so many lives with her adventurous spirit and love for life. Her list of friends is endless, but her closest friends that have been by her side are John, Stevie, Debbie, Diane, Anna & Rose. We want to thank them on behalf of our family for always being there for her.
Services for Michelle Drake will be Sunday, November 18th at 1 pm at Messinger Indian School Mortuary: 7601 E. Indian School Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251. There will be a reception following service at her good friend Stevie Garlands home, which is at 335 S. Cobblestone Dr. Gilbert, AZ 85296. All are welcome to celebrate a life that ended too soon.