Michelle Thomas

Michelle Thomas passed away May 21, 2019 in St. George, UT. She was the youngest child born to Irma Selina Nelson and Hyrum Clark Thomas on March 15, 1952 in St. George, Utah.

Michelle grew up in St. George and attended the local schools. She graduated from Dixie High where she was very active in student government, the school newspaper and drill team. She also wrote, directed and starred in many school plays and assemblies. While attending Dixie Jr. College she was active in the theater department, performing in many stage productions. Michelle loved to sing and dance.

Michelle graduated from Southern Utah University. She was employed by the State of Idaho and then by Dixie State College. Michelle excelled and took pride in everything she did.

Michelle also carried on her mother’s legacy as an activist for “Downwinders.” She was very passionate and never hesitated to speak on the subject. She gave many interviews, spoke at conventions and testified before Congress.

Michelle’s quick wit and sense of humor are legendary. She loved to entertain visitors and make people laugh. Michelle loved things that were shiny and things that sparkled. She is widely known for her online shopping skills. Michelle loved her cats and she loved babies. She was happiest when friends visited with their children and grandchildren. Michelle has a wide circle of friends from all stages of her life. She definitely touched many lives.

Michelle is survived by her daughter, Alyssa; grandchildren, Annaka and Brentten; siblings, Marilyn Cox, Clark Thomas, Rosemary LeBaron, Lolly Seal, Richie Thomas and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Morgan Thomas and Elbert Thomas.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel, 110 S. Bluff, St. George, UT. There will be a viewing prior to services from 9:30-10:30 am. Interment will take place at the St. George City Cemetery.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign her online guestbook at www.spilsburymortuary.com.

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9:30-10:30 am

Second Visitation


11:00 am


Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel
110 S. Bluff
St. George, UT


12:00 pm
St. George City Cemetery
700 E. Tabernacle
St. George, UT

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12 Responses

  1. It was and still is a shame that some of us Educators and truth tellers have to be protected by government from government. We will miss you.

  2. My heart breaks and also rejoices now that I know Michelle is laughing and dancing through Heaven. While I’ll miss her, I am also glad that her suffering has ended. My cousin, and we often referred to each other as sisters, and I became very close in the recent years. Although I won’t be there to sing for you at your service as I promised, Michelle, I’ll be singing for you in Georgia and know that you’re hearing. I love you and hope to reunite with your siblings. You are now truly at home and at rest.

  3. I became friends with Michelle when she lived in St. Anthony Idaho for a time. We shared many laughs & fun together. She loved tending my babies. I visited her in St. George and recently, on one of my visits, took my grandchildren to visit and sing to her. I’m happy she has left her damaged mortal body behind and is running, singing and surely laughing in heaven with family and friends there. Until we meet again dear friend…Love, Diane

  4. Brent Ruesch......She warned us all this would come... we expected it ...still it is a shock and a loss to us all. I wish her well on her new adventures says:

    see above

  5. Your beautiful voice will now join the heavenly choir they welcome you in with open arms sing long and proud Michelle

  6. My sincere condolences to the family and friends, so sorry for your loss. Please find comfort in knowing that Jehovah God will soon resurrect our dear loved ones (John 5:28-29). O how we long for the day when pain, suffering and death will be no more, these former things will have passed away (Revelation 21:3-4).

  7. Michelle was a light in the lives of all the DHS Class of ‘70! She was clever, kind, witty, smart, and talented. She has suffered greatly in the last years, and I’m happy that she is at peace even though she’ll be missed. I’m sorry I can not be at the service to celebrate her life, but my spirit and love will be there ❤️

  8. May we all feel the peace as Michelle has passed on and is not causing trouble to so many in this life. She was so toxic and burned every bridge with so many that tried to care for her.

  9. Oh My Dear Friend Michelle, I am so sorry I didn’t get over there with one of my “Aunt Becky’s Cinnamon Rolls” from my daughters, River Rock Roasting Company in LaVerkin. I know how bad you wanted one. 🙁
    Your kind words and love have been such a wonderful support to me and I treasure our friendship from Jettettes and Tigerettes because it made us friends.
    I know you are now free from pain, and worry about things in this life you could not control.
    May God wrap his loving arms around you and let you know how very special you are to Him and to all of us. Hugs:) Becky Stratton Wheeler

  10. My Sweet and Dear Friend Michelle, Your sweet voice and loving words are going to be greatly missed.
    I am so very sorry I didn’t make it over to see you and bring you one of “Aunt Becky’s Cinnamon Rolls” from my daughter’s, River Rock Roasting Company, in LaVerkin.
    How grateful I am for our friendship for so many years since Jettettes and Tigerette days. Your beautiful smile and sincere love for all will be forever in my heart.
    May you always know you will be missed, loved, and never forgotten. Love you always and forever, Becky Stratton Wheeler Hugs:(

  11. Rest In Peace Michelle…have a great visit with your Mom. I loved Michelle for her humor, quick wit, and her “In Your Face Opinions”. She wasn’t afraid to express herself, which was one of her greatest assets. Some people tried to quite her, Nevertheless, She persisted!! Make the most of your new adventure continue to be irreverent.
    With much love and blessings

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