Michelle Ann Lago

Wednesday, January 19, 2022
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Michelle Ann Lago, 53, passed away on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, at Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls. She was born at Memorial Hospital of Hawthorne, Gardena, Calif., to Dave Mathis and Janice (Green) Lago. Michelle lived in suburban Los Angeles and later in Tennessee.

Michelle worked for a time at the Grand Ole Opry. She also worked security with TSA at the Nashville Airport. Michelle described how she could gain insight into which stars were coming to town so she could plan on getting tickets and go see their show. Michelle also worked as an accountant for a time with Deloitte Accounting. She loved to read, especially the romantic shifter books, the Twilight Series, anything Star Trek, Marvel and DC comics and movies such as “Avengers,” “Wonder Woman,” and “Spiderman.”

Michelle had always wanted to come to Montana. In early 2015, she came to Montana in search of happiness. Her journey began in Roundup and ended up in Lewistown. Prior to coming to Montana, Michelle had some health issues that required her to re-learn how to walk, talk, and eat. She treasured every day she had, she knew her physical limits and considered herself living on borrowed time.

Fate brought Michelle to the Lewistown Street Jam. She became close personal friends with Sierra and Nik and helped raise Rayelle, Brenner, Ellesen, Joey, and Alden as their nanny. Her favorite thing to do in the summer was to attend the street jam or any local gig where the Bent Willows performed, as Nik was the drummer in the band.

Michelle suffered a heart attack in 2019 and was working to recover. Her condition left her with a disability and she was unable to work but remained extremely organized. Her home was meticulously clean and she took pleasure in being tidy.

Michelle’s passing caught us off guard. She had made it clear she was happy and felt loved in Lewistown. After she passed we found a letter with instructions for how to proceed and who to contact. It started, “I guess if you are reading this, I am dead…you are my best friends. I prayed to God for people I could love with all my being.”

Michelle is survived in death by her brother, Robert Lago; niece and nephew, Cara and Joshua Lago (although she was never blessed to have a child herself, she saw Cara and Joshua as her own and treated them as such); great-niece and great -nephew, Arielle and Malachi. She is preceded in death by her mother and stepfather, Janice and Joe Griffin.

Viewing will be held at Creel Funeral Home on Friday, Jan. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Services will be at Creel Funeral Home on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 11 a.m., with viewing one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to help with Michelle’s final expenses can be left with Creel Funeral Home.

Michelle’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com.