Michele McElroy Anderson, 49 Michele passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, August 12, 2011 surrounded by friends and family. Michele was born in Phoenix, Arizona and her family moved to Southern California in 1973 where Michele attended Diamond Bar High School, graduating in 1980. She went on to graduate from Sawyer Business College and the Interior Design Institute. Michele worked for Invensys Systems, Inc. as a Distribution Manager for thirty years. She was loved by many, and will be deeply missed. She will be remembered for her positive outlook and beautiful smile. Michele is survived by her daughter, Breeana; son, Colin; long time love, Ron Silver; former husband, Brian Anderson; and her beloved dog, Chuckie. Michele is also survived by her brothers, Chuck McElroy, Tom McElroy, Kevin McElroy and Chris McElroy, along with their extended families and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Michele was preceded in death by her parents, Harold Charles and Maxine McElroy, and her twin brother, Brett McElroy. A funeral mass will be held at 12pm on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at San Antonio Catholic Church in Anaheim Hills. There will be a Celebration of Michele's Life at Anaheim Hills Golf Club in Anaheim Hills from 1pm-4pm following the services. Flowers can be sent to San Antonio Catholic Church or donations can be made in Michele's name to Susan G Komen for a Cure at www.komenoc.org.

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  1. Michelle, Your spirit for life will remain with all of us forever. I will miss your laughter and always up beat approach to challenges in our lives. You mentored many friends and I am so fortunate to have shared so much of your life while growing up together. I will miss you until the day we meet again. Love, your cousin Jim

  2. I will miss you Michele! She was a wonderful, strong, beautiful woman devoted to her family and friends. Her strength was admirable. She was a real treasure. She had accepted Jesus into her heart a few years ago and is dancing with Him now. She now has peace and a new body as Romans 8:23 says “We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.” May the Lord give her family and friends comfort in knowing she is resting safely in our Father’s arms.

  3. Michele was always such a joy to be around. Her smile would light up any room. I feel so incredibly blessed to have known her. God bless you Michele. I miss you dearly.

  4. Michele was an example of strength through adversity. She was fighting her own battle but always took the time to show genuine concern and care for everyone else around her. I will miss her laughter and her humor, her smile and her positive attitude towards life. Michele, I will miss YOU.

  5. Michele, You will be greatly missed. I’ll never forget your beautiful smile and your light demeanor. Wishing you lots of Light & Love on your journey to wherever you are going next. Mike

  6. Michele – I never heard you ask “why me” about any challenge or misfortune that came your way – and you graced adversity with a wicked sense of humor, right through your last days. I have many memories of work and social times and each one brings a smile. I am glad your suffering is over, but I am so sorry that you are gone.

  7. In Loving Memory of Michele …. With profound sadness and sense of loss I am saying Good Bye to you. A well respected colleague and personal friend whom love by All. I will always remember your encourage, your free spirit, your enthusiasm, your love of life, your big bright smile, your silliness, your caring nature and your attitude facing adversity. I am blessed to know you on your personal journey for the last 20 years. I am heartbroken to see that your journey had ended and you had to leave abruptly. My heart will have a place for you forever and I will miss you greatly. I have to take in comfort that you will be at a better place, free of suffering and forever be beautiful. When The Lord took you by the hand and said followed me. The Lord was your shepherd and you said I would follow you.

  8. We met briefly, but had contact on the e-mails. Always helpful. Very saddened by the news. You will be missed. Deepest condolences to the family, may the peace of God be with you all at this time.

  9. The first time that I met you in California about 10 years ago, I thought for myself that you were the kind of person easy to admire: sweet,beatiful woman and a very sunny-natured person. Thanks for your friendship and share your charism with us, you left an indelible memory in our hearts. I will miss you a lot.

  10. Michele we will all miss you very much. Let now God bless you with perpetual joy and comfort to your family on this trying time. From Invensys Chile.

  11. Michele – I have countless memories. The most vivid is the strength, grace and unfailing good humor with which you met this impossible challenge. It has been a privilege to share even a small part of this journey with you. The most treasured is your remarkable and infinite capacity to forgive and move forward. You will be greatly missed. I will miss you greatly.

  12. “Michele….” Always smiling, laughing and dressed to perfection! *You lived life to the fullest. *You are an inspiration to single mommys. *You love your kids whole heartedly. *A smart, beautiful, career oriented, mom & woman! ♥You will forever be in my heart!♥

  13. Thinking of you and sending prayers to your family. When I met you at SIMSCI in Brea, CA almost 15 years ago, I was in aw of your beauty, intellegence and work ethic. You have always been an inspiration to me and I thank you for that. You will be missed by many…even as far as Texas. I still tell the story of your daughter, the one time I met her, she thought I rode a horse to the office. Good times and good memories I will cherish forever. Love you.

  14. I’m so glad we had a chance to know Michelle. Her smile, her strength and her joy for life. Our thoughts and condolences go out to all her family and friends. Heaven is now a better place!

  15. Your suffering is over and now you go with God. You can walk with Him looking over all of us with great strength and peace with no pain. You are a beloved friend and coworker. Your positive attitude and inner strength made me look in the mirror and realize my daily struggles were senseless and petty and to not complain. Thank you for being an inspiration to so many including myself. You will be missed but not forgotten.

  16. I am truly saddened by Michele’s death. She was more than just a friend; she was an amazing person. She was always so kind and considerate to everyone with her cheerful attitude, friendly smile and an uncanny way of making everyone laugh. Her passing will not only leave a void in our lives, but in the hearts of everyone who knew her. Michel’s memory will always remain deep within our hearts. I will miss my working out partner and the endless shoe conversations we used to have…

  17. Michele was so much fun and so full of life. It breaks our hearts to think we will never see her again. But, we have GREAT memories to enjoy. She has touched our lives in so many ways. We love you Michele

  18. Michele – Thank you for touching my life and the lives of so many people around you. I will forever cherish memories of our workout chats and your unfailing humor. Your megawatt smile lit up any room you were in. You were a true inspiration and such a beautiful person inside and out. I will miss you more than words can say.

  19. Taken from us before your time, I have known you for a very long time. You have always been a special friend to me and my family. We will miss your kind heart and warmth that this world will that much be poorer for. Thank you for the special memories and the privilege of knowing you and your family. Love Forever from all of us. Till we meet again.

  20. You were taken from us far too soon and you will be so sorely missed by many. I will miss our chats about anything and everything.  I remember walking in your office crying only to come out smiling. Thanks Michele for being a friend and a mentor. Rest in peace, and may the perpetual light shine upon you.

  21. Please accept out condolences for your loss. We have heard so much about Michele thru Karen Colantionio we feel we knew her. It is a great loss and she will be missed.

  22. Michele, I owe so much to you. Thank you very much for your kindness and a lot of supports. I will never forget you forever and I will miss you greatly. Please be sure you are in the thoughts and prayers of all of us at this time. Invensys Japan SimSci Team

  23. Dear Breana and Colin, My heart and prayers go out to you. Michele was such a beautiful girl and I treasured her as my cousin. Having grown up in the McElroy family surrounded by boys I was delighted when your mom came into my life. There are so many memories of our families getting together. My father and your grandfather were brothers who were inseparable. There was not a thing that your grandfather or my father would not do for one and other. I wish you could have known them. Their love lives on in all of us as your mother’s love will live on also. It is her memory that will make you both strong and I know that you both will make her proud. Although we have not met I want you to know that I am here for you both. My love to you, Cousin, Kathy

  24. Michele,
    I met you only briefly very shortly before you passed. You were a very nice person. You participated in the tree program I worked for, and you were so excited to be receiving more trees for your home. You absolutely were one of the best people who participated in the program. We will miss you!

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