Michelle Marie McCoy, 52, of Joseph and formerly of La Grande, died Oct. 28 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 13 at Grace Lutheran Church (409 W. Main St.) in Enterprise. Committal will follow at Prairie Creek Cemetery.
Michelle was born Sept. 16, 1967, in La Grande, to Gerald “Gary” Ralph and Charlotte Vonne (Hought) McCoy. She was the youngest of four children.
Michelle grew up in the fellowship of the Zion Lutheran Church congregation, La Grande, and was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith. She attended elementary school at the old Island City School and graduated from Imbler High School in 1985.
Michelle married Stuart J. Nichols on July 1, 1991, at Zion Lutheran Church in La Grande. She kept her maiden name, as she felt it connected her to her heritage.
In 1993, Michelle graduated from Oregon Health and Sciences University, La Grande campus, with a bachelor of science degree in nursing and was accepted into the OHSU Nursing Program. As a registered nurse, she began her career as a medical-surgical nurse and orthopedic nurse at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Michelle was an advocate for her patients and respected by her health care peers. After more than 10 years working at Saint Alphonsus, Michelle began a career as a traveling nurse, and she and Stuart traveled to many cities across the U.S.
Michelle and Stuart were avid football fans and loved to fish, especially on the Snake River. Michelle had a favorite pet at her side beginning at an early age, with her childhood dog LuLu and her cats Princess and Blacky. Her recent companion and service dog was Chaser.
Surviving relatives include her husband of 28 years, Stuart; parents, Gary and Charlotte; brothers, Todd and Eric; sister, Stephani; aunt, Darlene; cousins, Terri, Marsha, Clay and Monty; nieces, Mandy, Elizabeth and Sylvia; nephews, Austen and Gerald; brothers-in-law, Steven and John; and sisters-in-law, Laura and Linda.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Clair and Hellen Hought and Ralph and Margaret McCoy; uncle, Jim; nephew, Aaron; and father- and mother-in-law, Leon and Annabelle Nichols.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wallowa County Humane Society, P.O. Box 565, Enterprise 97828, or Grace Lutheran Church, 409 W. Main St., Enterprise 97828.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.lovelandfuneralchapel.com.