Early Saturday morning, January 1, 2022, Michelle Lynn Campbell, loving wife, step-mother, daughter, daughter-in-law, step-sister, aunt, niece and friend of many, passed away at the age of 42 after a courageous cancer battle.
Michelle was the daughter of Cheryl & Jeff Gilbert and Buzz & Vicki Campbell, born on June 14, 1979, in Templeton, California. Michelle grew up in Houston, Texas attending Jersey Village High School, class of 1997, and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University in 2009.
Michelle’s mom shares, “In March 1989, we made our move to Texas. Michelle embraced Texas from that time forward, wearing starched jeans, boots, and every other thing that was Texas. While in high school she participated in FFA and raised pigs and chickens in a two-story condo. High school was a challenge, but we made it. Graduating high school in 1997, after one-year of college, she decided to change her major, graduating college in 2009. Michelle had some challenges during her school years, but she conquered them.”
Michelle and her husband, Joseph Millhouse (“Bubba”) married on March 17, 2010. Heart broke by her loss, Bubba shared “We all truly lost a beautiful soul on New Year’s morning, her legacy will continue to live inside each one of us. I miss those beautiful blue eyes and that big amazing smile so bad…”
One of the absolute joys for Michelle (“Mo”) was spending time with her step-son, Landen Millhouse, “He just makes me laugh all the time.” Spending family time with Landen and Bubba was most endearing to Mo.
Michelle’s love of animals continued throughout her life. Her mom remembers Michelle bringing home stray dogs and turtles, “Which is how we came to have Chelsey and ten pups.” Her work with FFA as a student in high school continued as an adult with her care and love for dogs. Founder of Humbled Heroes, Michelle and Bubba worked together to train service dogs for former military and first responders suffering with PTSD. Not only will her friends and family miss Michelle, so will her four-legged fur-babies: Gringo, Sangria, Mija, Tanks, Abby, Aspen and Lieu. They will miss their cuddle time each and every day.
Michelle enjoyed the beach, the sun, the sand, the water, and the freedom of the sea breeze. Michelle had a funny fascination with mermaids. Amazingly, it seems Michelle’s personality aligns perfectly to that of the mystical mermaid, “These headstrong creatures crave the freedom that the sea provides, swimming where they please, whenever they chose. Their fierce independence and refusal to conform are combined with a headstrong personality. Mermaids hold steadfastly to their values and won’t compromise when it comes to how they live their lives.” The folk tale continues, mermaids do not live forever, instead they turn into sea foam when they die. Michelle’s memory will live on in our hearts, every time we walk along the beach and look out into the water and look at the sea foam floating we’ll remember our Michelle.
Friends are heart broke by Michelle’s passing, “God brought this incredible soul into my life totally unexpected. From the beginning we hit it off. We were Thelma and Louise and we were the keeper of each other’s inside jokes. My best friend.” “God has a very special place for Michelle in Heaven.” “She was one of a kind.” “Michelle was a beautiful soul. Her life was far too short, but it made a big impact in the world. She is going to be greatly missed.” “One of the things I will miss most about Michelle was our daily phone calls, ‘Good Morning!’”
Michelle’s family asks that you keep our family and friends in your continued prayers. We thank Michelle’s medical team at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. We thank Compassus’ hospice caregivers who aided Bubba, Cheryl and Landen in their loving care of Michelle to the very end. We are very grateful for the kindness, compassion and understanding received during this incredibly difficult time.
Michelle loved the beauty of flowers. If you prefer to make a donation in Michelle’s memory, we suggest the American Cancer Society.
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