After a lengthy illness battling cancer, Michelle (Zoe) passed away peacefully at Grand River Hospital, Kitchener.
She was pre-deceased by her mother Agnes (Caza, 1984) and her late husband, Todd Jeffery (2006). Michelle is survived by her very dear son Daniel Jeffery (age 17), her father Lawrence Zahara and step-mother Anne Marie, her brothers Paul (Pauline) of Sydney, Australia, Allan (Paula) of Verona, Ontario, sister Adele of Fergus, Ontario; niece Jennifer, nephews Jeremy, Chris, Tim and Matt, sister-in-law Cindy McGolderick and many caring friends.
Michelle graduated from french language high school Etienne Brule in Toronto and was accredited in Human Resources Management from Ryerson University. Her career began as a legal assistant, having also designed and taught evening courses on the subject. She moved into Human Resources and worked as a bilingual manager; a career that she loved. Michelle had a generous heart and volunteered time and energy to several causes, often with her son Daniel. She also shared her love of theatre with Daniel and they acted and volunteered with several community theater groups over the years. Travel was another interest enthusiastically shared with Daniel, especially to Mexico and sunny, warm locales. She could play a mean game of scrabble, outwitting many an unsuspecting opponent, and had an intelligent sense of humour.
Our family sincerely thanks her medical and palliative care teams and the abundant and caring help she received from so many kind friends and extended family members.
A celebration of life will be planned in the coming weeks.