Funeral services for Michelle Celeste Hunt will be held Thursday, September 6, 2007 at 2:00 pm in the Sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church in Cleveland, Oklahoma with Rev. Connie Taylor officiating. The body will be cremated and later entombed at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Mannford, Oklahoma under the direction of Chapman-Black Funeral Home, Inc.
Michelle was born January 5, 1969 in Redwood City, California to Barbara Lou (Babione) Lasley and Michael Bannon Lasley. As a young girl Michelle grew up in Palo Alto, California. At the age of 8 years old Michelle moved with her family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended Eastwood High School and graduated from Memorial High School in 1986. Michelle was active at the Heller Park Theater in Tulsa during the summers as well as volunteering her time at the Tulsa Zoo. She also would perform at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. After graduation Michelle enrolled at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah and graduated in 1991 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Drama with a minor in English. While attending NSU Michelle was very active with the drama department. She operated the box office as well as directed many productions. Michelle then moved to Ruston, Louisiana and started to work on her Master Degree in theater management. She completed one year of work and then moved to San Diego, California. While residing in California she was reacquainted with G. Wilson Hunt, Jr. On September 23, 1993 Wilson and Michelle were united in marriage and established their initial home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After several years in Tulsa, Michelle and Wilson moved to Terlton, Oklahoma where they have continued to reside and raise their children.
Michelle worked for Meshek Environmental in Cleveland, the Cleveland Veterinary Clinic as well as the Cleveland Public Schools as a substitute teacher. Michelle was a collector of broken things. Her goal was to mend them back to their original state. Michelle was also active with the VBS for the Tulsa Memorial Baptist Church, First Baptist Church in Cleveland, Terlton Baptist Church and the Cleveland First United Methodist Church. She would perform drama presentations that would bring a smile to the children as well as the adults. She was also active in the Pawnee County 4-H. However, Michelle loved God, her family and people the most. She was the driving force behind the new Ã¬Coffee HouseÃ® at the Cleveland First United Methodist Church. Her goal was to inspire high school teens to come and visit at a place without any confrontations and introduce them the Lord Jesus Christ on their terms.
Michelle passed away Sunday, September 2, 2007 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 38 years 7 months and 27 days from injuries received in an automobile accident. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather Herbert Babione and paternal grandparents Walter and Juanita Bannon as well as Lewis and Lois Lasley.
Survived by her loving husband G. Wilson Hunt, Jr. of the home; three children Pfc. Joshua Harrelson of Okinawa, Japan; Elizabeth Harrelson of the home; Vincent Hunt of Tulsa, Oklahoma; parents, Michael A. Bannon Lasley and Barbara Lasley of Tulsa, Oklahoma; maternal grandmother Norma Babione of Tulsa, Oklahoma; one sister Amanda Olson and her husband Chris of Mosinee, Wisconsin as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
The family has requested that donations be made to the First United Methodist Church in Cleveland in memory of Michelle to benefit the Ã¬Coffee HouseÃ®. Donations may be submitted in care of the First United Methodist Church at 107 North Jordan, Cleveland, Oklahoma 74020.