Lilly “Lil” Michelsen, 71, Omak, died Tuesday evening, Feb. 4, 2014, at University Hospital in Seattle of complications due to a “silent heart attack.” She was born on Aug. 2, 1942 in Odessa, Wash., to Morgan and Lilas Chambers. At the age of 15 she moved with her family to Twisp.
Lil attended school for one year in Twisp, and then the family moved to Okanogan, where she graduated from Okanogan High School in 1960. After graduation she worked at the telephone company as a telephone operator.
Lil married Bob Michelsen on Oct. 15, 1960. They moved to Oroville, where Bob owned and operated the Chevron station. They moved back to Omak in 1966 and purchased an orchard in 1968. During that time, Lil worked at the Seafirst Bank in Okanogan for several years. They downsized in 1994 and moved to their current location on Elmway.
Lil enjoyed going to yard sales, selling antiques and collectibles at Apple Annie Antique Gallery in Cashmere, researching family tree (Genealogy) information, quilting and traveling.
She is survived by her husband, Bob; son Dean (Anna) Michelsen and their children, Daniel, Katrina and Emilia of Black Diamond; daughter Kay (Greg) Boatright and their children, Nicole, Danielle and Erin of East Wenatchee; one brother, Dave (Phyllis) Chambers of Okanogan; first cousin Bonnie Morehouse of Soap Lake; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Don and Joan Michelsen, Marlene Ragland, Richard and Janice Benjamin, all of Omak; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Donations may be given to the Okanogan County Historical Society.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. at Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel, Okanogan, Wash., on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel is caring for the arrangements.