Diann Michelle Shelly Elliott, 47, passed away April 1, 2014 in Dallas following a lengthy illness. Michelle was born in Temple, TX, June 15, 1966 and grew up in Belton until the family moved to Harlingen, TX in 1982. Completing Harlingen High School in 1985, she also attended classes at Texas State Technical College, Texas Southmost College and University of Texas Pan American. Michelle was a member of the First Baptist Church in Belton and Harlingen. Her work career was in retail and customer service including ten years with the Hilton Hotel International Reservation Center in Carrolton, TX.
Michelle was a lifelong student of history, particularly of Texas and all things Celtic. This enthusiasm was made manifest in her years of genealogy research of her family roots. She loved the outdoors and all animals especially her cats. Michelle was an individual who made friends easily and was loved by her family, all those who knew her and individuals who have only just met her. Michelle was active in raising awareness of ovarian cancer and providing encouragement to newly diagnosed patients. She was active in raising funds to support victims of HIVAids in the Dallas area and across the state.
Michelle is survived by her mother Carol Simank of Dallas father Bill and stepmother Aurora Elliott of San Benito, TX brother Tom Paul CanadayElliott of Portland, Oregon stepsister Rebecca Hank Glansbeek of Banchory, Scotland stepbrother Ronald Deborah Zurlinden of Cedar Park, TX and five nieces and nephews. Burial will be in the North Belton Cemetery. The family honors Michelles request asking that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society or a local animal shelter.