Michele Anna Robotham Corey

Age 53, of Lansing, MI, she was born September 4, 1967 and passed away, March 30, 2021 in Lansing.

Michele was deeply devoted to her family and friends. She was the most gracious and generous person, always opening her home and heart to all who came her way.

Michele’s career mirrored her caring and love for children, serving for many years at Michigan’s Children as a child advocate, a job she enjoyed immensely, serving as Vice President of Programs.

Michele is survived by her husband of 22 years, Tom; children: Madonna, Jacob, Andrew, and Sarah; grandchildren: Giovanni and Valencio; her parents: Kathryn Baughman, and Ron (Nives) Robotham; a brother, Mike (Betchie); as well as many in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.

There will be a memorial gathering held Sunday, April 11, 2021 1:00-5:00 p.m. at 1521 W. Ottawa St., Lansing, Michigan 48915.

Memorial contributions may be made to Michigan’s Children, Lansing, MI, through www.michiganschildren.org. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

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Lori LaPerriere
March 31, 2021 at 6:34 pm

Tom- Heaven has gained an angel. Michele was a true woman of Christ. Our deepest sympathies and many prayers to you and your family.

Michele Strasz
March 31, 2021 at 7:17 pm

Dear Corey Family: Michele was my dear friend, fellow Michele, and my twin in child advocacy. I admired her championing for children throughout her whole career. We met when we were naïve 24 year olds having recently graduated and ready to change the world for kids. I cannot begin to tell you how many advocacy trainings we did together as M&M. We used to spend hours at the FlapJack Shack, Batterup Bistro or Soup Spoon commiserating about the legislature, nonprofits, and coming up with another new strategy to make things better for children, youth, and their families. She was the last person I had lunch with before our complete lockdown and I am so grateful we did. She and all of you are in my prayers!

Lisa Galbraith
March 31, 2021 at 7:28 pm

Deepest condolences to you all! Michele will be missed dearly. What a beautiful heart and soul! Prayers and peace, Lisa

The Szarowicz Family
March 31, 2021 at 8:54 pm

Michele what a beautiful soul who will be missed by all who knew her. Our prayers to the entire Corey family.

Teri Banas
March 31, 2021 at 10:20 pm

Dear Corey Family,

I have worked with Michele at Michigan’s Children, off and on, for the past eight years. Being able to work with Michele was a big reason why I returned to the organization as a writer. Michele was my supervisor, friend, and collaborator in telling the stories of the kids and families we were fighting for, and I will always, always be grateful for her support and encouragement. To her core, she believed in raising up their voices and I felt so proud to have been able to play a part in that. A couple of years ago we created a series of stories about the experiences of young people coming out of foster care that were targeted to better educate lawmakers about how the system failed kids and could improve. She was proud of that work, and so was I. Besides conversing about our work life, we were two proud workplace mamas and I loved our frequent chats, updating one another on our wonderful children. Michele was a gifted advocate, who inspired many people to work harder and better for kids and families. She could command a room of professional advocates and those just learning to speak up on behalf of their needs and their children’s. Her memory will continue to inspire us. Thank you for sharing her with us.

Carol Ann Adado
March 31, 2021 at 11:53 pm

My prayers for the entire Corey family.

Paige Clemons
April 1, 2021 at 9:57 am

I have so many memories of Michele from my childhood and will always remember her as the absolute sweetest and most selfless woman to ever exist. She had a nurturing presence that could make anyone feel welcome and loved. I am so sorry for your loss. Michele’s spirit and unconditional love will live on forever.

Mitch and Cindy Maher
April 1, 2021 at 10:46 am

Michele was one of the sweetest, caring, loving and most generous people we were lucky enough to have known. No matter what the situation God had for her she always had that great and beautiful smile as she always thought of others before herself. She will be deeply missed, we love you Tom and are thinking of you and Michele’s beautiful children.
Mitch and Cindy

Mary M Gunderman
April 1, 2021 at 12:31 pm

Michele is the epitome of Peace Joy And Love. She’s a warrior who went to Glory! She’s truly heroic. I love and will deeply miss her aura of light. Madonnas life was blessed immensely by Michele, as well as Everyone’s who knew her. Wisdom unmeasurable.
Until we meet again my friend. Love Prayers and Hope to all here and in Heaven amen.

Michelle Brittain
April 1, 2021 at 1:40 pm

Thoughts and prayers to the Corey family. Michele will be deeply missed by all. Thinking of you!

Sarah Kenney
April 1, 2021 at 1:44 pm

Michele was a kind and beautiful soul. She always took the time to give others encouragement. She was a dedicated and wonderful community servant. She will be missed deeply. Sending heart felt condolences to all of you. May God give you comfort. We will be holding up your family in prayer.

Marsha Green
April 1, 2021 at 1:45 pm

Michele was an amazing, beautiful soul!! Deepest sympathies are offered, along with thoughts and prayers for your family.

Amy Hayes
April 1, 2021 at 3:04 pm

My deepest sympathy to all of you!! Please know you are in my daily prayers! Michele was such a kind, gentle, strong woman! She will be missed by this entire community, especially the IHM and LCHS families! Please know we are here for you.
God bless you all and may the angels welcome her!!
Dan and Amy Hayes

Lorie Warner
April 1, 2021 at 3:54 pm

Tom & family,

Michele’s smile could light up any room and she had the most beautiful heart and soul and contagious laugh. It was truly an honor and blessing to know her. There are no words that could even begin to express how sorry I am for your loss. I will keep you all in my prayers and although she is no longer here on this earth, her beauty and love will continue on in the faces of your beautiful children.

Sending love and hugs,

Lorie Warner

Mary Blair
April 1, 2021 at 8:22 pm

All those blessed to know Michele know how much she loved and cherished her family. May her love for you give you peace and strength in this time of grief. Know of our prayers for all of you.
Eternal rest grant unto her Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.
Jack, Mary and Jackson Blair

Wendy Hardt
April 1, 2021 at 8:22 pm

Michele was one of the funniest, sweetest people I knew. She was always so kind, so welcoming to everyone around her. Heaven has definitely gained an angel. Our thoughts go out to all the Corey family and Michele’s parents and family.

The Winey Family

Rennie Madden
April 1, 2021 at 9:44 pm

I am so sorry! Prayers of peace and comfort for all of you.

Ray Corey
April 1, 2021 at 10:40 pm

Our Aunt Michele was a beautiful person and an incredible Aunt. We are so sad. Very similar to our Gidu and Situ Corey, she made you feel like you were her favorite. She portrayed that she liked all her nieces and nephews the same, but each of us had a connection with Aunt Michele and you felt deep down you were definitely her favorite.

As I type this out and dry my eyes I think about her infectious smile, how sneaky funny she was, and her unforgettable laugh. She will be missed by so many people.

The world has lost one of the good ones in a time when it could really use A LOT more Michele Corey’s around. I’m frustrated, I’m sad, and our hearts are broken. With time it will mend, but never fully heal.

I am so sad for her parents, my uncle, and my cousins. She was such a cool mom and an inspiration on how I want to raise my own children.

If I could say anything right now to her, I would thank her. Thank her for being an amazing Aunt. The kind of Aunt you want as a kid and you appreciate more as an adult.

To my Uncle Tom, Madonna, Jake, Andrew, and Sarah we are here for you. Your wife, your mother, she will live in our hearts forever.

Love all your Nieces and Nephews, especially your favorite one.

Ray, Ariel, & Lucy

Mary Gunderman
April 2, 2021 at 6:39 am

Madonna Sara Andrew and Jacob lost the best Mother, but she is found in Jesus’s arms. They will be United again in glory one day.Tom lost the best Wife/friend. Love never fails. Love is eternal.
Catherine lost a daughter, the pain is unthinkable and never to be consoled truly until the glory of our Lord.
All the rest of us lost a true warrior of strength courage wisdom and love. A friend someone to admire and think life is ok with people like Michele in it. Now she’s in heaven looking over praying truly living! We see fog through this life, glory is bright and full of light and unconditional love. Exactly where Michele dwells with Jesus and Mary. Amen. Love peace and hope to all who take the time to read this deep sincere message..
Michele I love you and I truly am grateful for all you have been to me and I will see you again friend.

Moreau family
April 2, 2021 at 10:30 am

May the angels welcome her to Paradise. May happy memories sustain and console all who love her until you meet again.
Prayers and our deepest sympathy,
The Moreau Family

Mary Thiel
April 2, 2021 at 11:22 am

Our deepest condolences to the Corey family. Michele’s smile and laughter warmed the coldest of days on the soccer field watching the boys play.
With sympathy, Mary, Craig and Luke Thiel

Helen Rae Murphy
April 2, 2021 at 11:24 am

Dear Corey family and my dear Andrew. Your Mom was always in my prayers. Far too young. Our sadness is heaven’s joy. Her love for all of you will guide you all your life.

Fr. Bill Lugger
April 2, 2021 at 11:31 am

What a great lady. Mat God welcome her home to heaven. BLESSINGS and prayers to all your family.

Gonzalez Family
April 2, 2021 at 11:34 am

Corey Family,
We are so saddened to hear of Michele’s passing. She was a wonderful person with a great spirit and we really enjoyed hanging out with her for all the various soccer functions.
Prayers and Sympathy,
Joe, Diane, Alec, Jack, Sam & Lily Gonzalez

Bil Long
April 2, 2021 at 12:11 pm

Having been blessed with Michele’s friendship over many years, my sympathy extends to her family for their loss. I had the benefit of knowing and working with Michelle in various children’s advocacy forums. Particularly during an interim period I had the pleasure to work with Michigan’s Children – where Michele supported me and the Michigan’s Children corporation through some tough economic times. She was truly a dedicated, guiding and effective force for impacting and improving the lives of all of Michigan’s children. But I will also miss our “back porch” coffee sessions where we commiserated and conspired on strategies to impact public policy in support of Michigan’ children. Like so many unsung heroes – Michele was the best.

Justin Banks
April 2, 2021 at 12:34 pm

A bright light has gone out, but Michele’s smile will now be in the heavens. I echo all the previous comments: Beautiful soul and person. Heaven’s gain. Courageous spirit. May the angels sing thee to thy rest. To Tom, Jacob, Andrew, Sarah, Madonna, and Grandma Kate-thinking of you during this difficult time. Know this community is here for you.

Justin, Estina, Emmagrace, and Carter Banks

Susie izzo
April 2, 2021 at 12:51 pm

Every time I saw Michele she was always smiling ,always a kind word. She raised such kind and caring children. You have earned your Michele. Until we meet again peace

Steve Jan Nathan and Jacob Krzesicki
April 2, 2021 at 1:42 pm

Our hearts are saddened for you all with the loss of your wife and mother. Michele is a treasure. Many your many happy memories bring you comfort and peace at this very difficult time. We are here for all of you. Michele will always be in our hearts as we are sure that she is in yours.

The Ruddock Family
April 2, 2021 at 1:49 pm

We were so blessed to know Michele. Her kind spirit and gentle, loving ways made a lasting impression upon all those who came into her life. May God hold her and her beautiful family in his loving embrace.

Harriett Dean
April 2, 2021 at 4:51 pm

I am so very sorry to hear of Michele’s passing. She was a wonderful advocate for children and will be so missed our community. My deepest sympathies to the Corey family.

thiel family
April 5, 2021 at 3:38 pm

Our hearts are saddened for the Corey family as we knew them through the LCHS soccer “family”.
Luke, Graham, Mary, and Craig Thiel

Laura Le Fever
April 6, 2021 at 1:25 pm

I knew Michele from the work she so embraced as an advocate for children. A passionate soul with the warmest heart. My thoughts and prayers are with the Corey family.

Kadi Prout
April 7, 2021 at 2:00 pm

Michele was a dear friend to anyone who knew her. Her warm smile filled a room, and she always brought out the best conversation with others. Michele was a passionate advocate and role model to so many in her career. I will deeply miss our chats over breakfast that often ran close to the lunch hour because she was full of ideas and inspiration, and there was always more to partner on together for the benefit of kids. A true champion for kids and I am better for having known her.

Stephanie Hirchert Walton
April 7, 2021 at 4:23 pm

As a social worker in the Lansing commuity I’ve often read things authored by Michele Corey, through Michigan’s Children or been part of conference calls or various work groups. However I didn’t really know her and only met her in person once a few years ago when she presented at an Infant Mental Health conference. Yet that one time, I witnessesd her energy, passion and kindness and her dedication to encouraging us all to be advocates for children and families. I last heard her voice on a state wide video call in February for Kinship Care, where she said acknowledged not turning on her camera, as she hadn’t been well. And that was it, very simple, straightforward and then it was back to the advocacy and sharing stories and building relationships and focusing on the task at hand. After reading the wonderful testimonials of her family, friends, co-workers and community, she will be terribly missed but never forgotten with the many stories and connections she made. We must continue the work and resolve to carry on her spirit, energy, compassion and grace. Grateful to have crossed paths, even if briefly, her legacy lives on.

Jamie and Paul Zimmer
April 7, 2021 at 8:34 pm

We were so very sorry to learn of Michele’s passing. Our families share precious memories. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Janet Reynolds Snyder
April 9, 2021 at 8:24 am

Michele has been leading the foundations and innovations in advocacy for children for as long as I can remember. Never was there a gathering, meeting or effort of importance for children that wasn’t led by or didn’t include Michele. She brought pure, straightforward strength to creating better lives for children and their families. Michele brought to everything she did unparalleled spirit, kindness and enthusiasm. She thought the best of everyone and expected that as well. You could always count on her! My last “in-person” meeting with her, on zoom, took place in December when we not only discussed the business of child advocacy but also what was happening with our own families. Michele’s eyes lit up when she spoke of each member of her family, so beautiful! My deepest condolences to the Corey family and to Michele’s Michigan’s Children family.


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