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Michele Artery – July 15, 2014

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014

Michele, age 37, beloved daughter, sister, with many relatives and friends, left us on July 15 in Corvallis, Ore.

“Chili” as she was known by her classmates and friends was raised in Wheatland and lived here until after she graduated from high school in 1995. She competed well in every sport she tried. She loved basketball and received a scholarship to Black Hills State in Spearfish, S.D. as a point guard. She also loved riding her unicycle, climbing mountains and loving her dogs.

Michele played at Black Hills State for three years until a bad foot injury ended her playing. She then transferred to Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore. She received her B.A. degree in Sociology. She had different jobs and loved the whole state; especially the mountain climbing.

Another talent was her violin playing. She played from age 7 until graduating. Many organizations had her play and she also played in the All-State Orchestra for three years.

Michele is survived by her mom, Lois Artery; her biological father, Mike Short; half-brother, Jason Short and family; Uncle Sand Short and family; and Aunt Jackie Christensen and family; her much loved adoptive family, Curt and Karen Artery and family; Kelly and Amy Artery and family, Carol Artery and family, plus many other people.

Preceding her in death was her beloved adoptive father, Keith Artery and many others.

A celebration of life was held in Corvallis, Ore., Aug. 1. No service will be held in Wheatland and a private burial will take place in the future.

Anyone who wishes to remember Michele may donate to P.A.W.S., P.O. Box 1501, Wheatland, WY 82201. She loved her many dogs over the years.

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