born March 7, 1997 to Christine McFadden and John Hogan. She attended Our
Lady of Mercy Preschool and was ready to enter Our Lady of Mercy
kindergarten in the fall.
all of the advantages of being born ten years later than her sister and
brothers, and to an older, more relaxed and go-with-the-flow mother. She had
the affection and attention of all that she came into contact with due to
her wonderfully precocious nature and high verbal skills. Michelle was
mature beyond her years, understanding early the need for organization,
providing specific directives to anyone entering her area, shopping lists
(to ensure that you get what you want at the grocery store) and saving money
(even if you had to borrow other people’s teeth to get the Tooth Fairy to
all of her pets, and she loved flowers and working in the yard with her mom.
Michelle preferred pink, but also accepted purple as favorite colors. The
television was always set to ensure Michelle’s access to her favorite
cartoons. When her mother would inform Michelle that a cartoon was
inappropriate, Michelle would suggest to mom that she “just cover your
ears”. Michelle loved baby dolls, stuffed animals and computer games. She
loved to go fishing and then chase her big “sissy” with the fish once home,
while waiting for her mom to fry up the catch of the day. Michelle had a
very special blanket that was always with her. She had adopted the habit of
smelling her blanket at each corner prior to leaving it at home. If allowed
to bring “blankie”, she always ensured that it was seat belted in prior to
many wonderful friendships, including many children her own age, as well as
her sibling’s friends and a number of adults. She was extremely adept at
conversation, and was a joy to visit with.
to be at her mom’s veterinary hospital. She would collect her own special
patients, and then call upon the doctors and staff to bandage, feed and help
care for her patients. It was not unusual to have several cages in the
hospital housing “recovering” Beanie Babies. Michelle loved assisting her
mom in understanding the correct way to care for all of the animals. She was
truly intuitive and very aware beyond her years of the clinic and all the
care required treating the animals. It was truly expected that she would
someday follow her mother into the practice of veterinary medicine.
greatly loved by her brothers, sister and her mom. She returned their love
and enjoyed all of the activities and noise associated with having older
siblings. She was an amazing girl with much vibrancy and love. She brought
sunshine wherever she went.