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Michele, an Angel that touched hearts...

Michele ~ MTrunn5402 ~ HOST AHTH Mich
We now have a new Angel watching over all of us!
Michele Trunnell
July 17, 1978-April 18, 2001

This is a song called "All My Life", based on an aol members poetry and remembering and ....its sorta wistful :)  Mich would appreciate that :)  (This song was specially selected by Roz.)

I'M Free

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free.
I am following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day, to laugh,
to love, to work or play...
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I found that peace at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy,
a friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with time of sorrow,
I wish to you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one touched.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free!!!!!

This was her Community Leader Profile.  As you can see, she was very dedicated to the people she chatted with in her forum, both as an AOL Host, and more importantly, as an AOL Member...


What brought you to allHealth?
My need for support due to needing a double lung transplant.

When you think of allHealth, what 3 words first come to mind?
Encouragement, hope, and friendships

Favorite place on AOL other than allHealth?
Not sure if it is actually a 'place' but Instant Message land!!! 

Share your most memorable and/or entertaining experience as a CL here  :)
I would have to say my most memorable moment is the support and encouragement I got from my friends, hosts, and the staff when I returned after being extremely ill!!!

What do you love to do offline?
I enjoy reading and working on a book dedicated to helping others survive the emotional struggles transplant brings into their lives.  And, working on an interactive lung transplant guide!!
If we'd like to visit you in your chat(s), where would we find you?
Monday nites at 8 p.m. EST in the Helping Hand Cafe

Additional thoughts? :)
I started the Recycle Yourself Chat (previously known as Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Chat) to reach out to others and share the importance of Organ and Tissue Donation.  My hope is to help others feel comfortable with donation and to clear up misconceptions many have.  Death is a tragedy - but it is SO awesome to know,  that through death,  life can be given!!  Don't take your organs to heaven,  heaven knows we need them here!!!

Memorial Services
Sunday, April 22, 2001
Biggs Funeral Home
3801 S. 1st Street
Lake City, FL 32025

Donations can be sent to:
Cindy MacDonald (Michele's Mother)
Rt. 4 Box 7105
Ft. White, FL 32038

There will be a memorial made in Michele's memory made to  Children's Hospital new pediatric wing.

Thank you to Sherri and Kay for the beautiful poem.....

Thank you-The Family of Michele Trunnell

Douglas's note :  I did not have the pleasure of knowing Michele, it is a loss to not only myself, but to every other Organ Transplant Donor / Recipient.  After reading her Community Leader profile, and talking about Michele at length with a mutual friend, I can only surmise Michele in three simple words:  A True Hero.

Michele's passing will no doubt have a major impact on several people.  Take solace that her words and strengths touched many lives, more than will ever be shown on a simple web page.  To Michele's family, I am saddened by the loss of Michele, but take comfort in knowing that her work will continue, both on AOL and this website.

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On 17-May-2005, Canada...
hey.. um i\'m so sorry.. *tear tear* =(... anyways.. how old was she?! i dont feel like doing the math!... love you!
--MeLi--Madame Predictable

On 27-Apr-2005, Ashten Payne Tx...
i thought that it was a very nice song it made me cry a little bit. I am very sorry for your loss and i kow how you feel you dont know me but i just came across this when i was surfing the net and i thought i would read it and i did and i am very sorry.

On 16-Jun-2001, Travis from FL...
Shell how i miss you dearly words cannot express how you have changed my life and so many others i will always miss your laugh and your smile and the way you looked at life i miss you so much every day and i know that we will be together one day but for now just knowing that you are looking down on us and smiling at us. 1 4 3 or I LOVE YOU with all that i have...


P.S save some fun for us.

On 16-Jun-2001, Michele's Mom from FL...
My Dearest Angel. I don't know where to begin. But to say I Love you so much and Miss you everyday. Everything I do I think of you. And how you enjoyed everything in life. Everything from to the sunrise, to the sunset and the moon.You have taught me so much about life. I don't know how you did it. I tell everyone"To know you was to love you." And I am so so sorry things ended the way they did. Yet I have to beleive that you are much much better know. You can run , ride a bike and so much more. No more pain!! I think of all those that are with you and the many many things you all are sharing with each other. Just remember save some of those good times for when we are together again (wink). I will hold you close to my heart and never let you go. When I see the suns rays shinning down through the clouds I know you are smiling down at all of us. Take care of youeslf and I will talk to you soon. Love always Mom

On 01-Jun-2001, tsherrill from PA...

I just wanted to say that I miss you more than anything. There is not a day that goes by I dont think about you. We had our share of good times and bad times but our friendship always pulled us through. You were very special and anyone who met you knew that instantly. Although you have been moved from godmother to guardian angel I know you will watch over her. You may not be here physcially when she is born but I know you will be spiritually, her name is going to be Alexi Michele, I will never forget you. Love you very much. Tabitha

On 25-May-2001, Shellie from FL...
Sometimes after you meet someone they leave an incredible impression on you. Michele, you no doubt are one of them. Your warm heart overflowed with kindness, inspiration and hope. A smile that never seemed to leave. While we may have diverged on different paths there are so many memories I won't forget. For instance, the time we were driving with Mom Pat who made the mistake of changing lanes in the middle of an intersection and received a loving lecture from you. To this day I still hear those words and it always serves as a reminder. And how you somehow managed to hook my whole family on bottled water. The Rainbow memories that we shared will always be treasured, the laughs, tears and the sweat. The trip we took to St. Augustine for Beth's Homecoming where for a moment we thought my Mom had forgotten about us. Of course I can not leave out the night we all spent the night at your house where the "incident" happened and you awarded me with my notorious nickname "moonbean jr." And while you may have parted from us, I remind everyone that it is not a goodbye, but a mere separation and as in Rainbow, "until we meet again." To the family, I leave you with this quote, "To live in hearts that we leave behind is not to die" by Thomas Campbell.

with love and sympathy, Shellie Murawski

On 24-May-2001, Aunto Lou from IA...
Dearest Shelly,

Little did we know that morning, God was going to call your name.

In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone.

For part of us went with you, the day God called you home.

You left us beautiful memories, your love is still our guide, and though we cannot see you, you are always by our side.

Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

Love you dearly, Aunt Lou

On 19-May-2001, April from FL...
To Michele & her family.I didn't get to meet Michele,but felt in a way that i knew her,because of working with her mother,we would sit & talk about Michele & how she was doing.Hoping for the best in every way.Michele was a SPECAIL PERSON,I'm sorry i didn't get the chance to know her.I wish her family the best of luck & hopefully knowing Michele's in a better place will help commfurt them in there time of need & memories.

GOD BLESS ALL.You will be deeply missed Michele.


On 10-May-2001, Pat from PA...
My condolences to your whole family who have been always there for you. I hope your flying up there looking down at all of us and you are finally at peace & joy. You fought such a valiant fight and in a way that we know but do not fully understand, you won....because you left so many hopes, dreams and fond memories to all that knew you.....You are a special girl, Michele & heaven will be enriched with your presence.

On 10-May-2001, Brandi from FL...
I remember the first time I met Michele. We were sitting by a camp fire roasting marshmallows when mine caught on fire and I asked her to blow it out. I had no idea of her condition at that time. Well, she gave a try, then told me why she couldn't. I felt terrible, but she reassured me that it was ok and we laught about it. From then on, whenever we would see each other I would ask her if she needed a marshmallow. Even though we didn't see each other that often I will miss her greatly, and never forget that first meeting!

Brandi and family

On 08-May-2001, Darlene from IA...
To the family of Shelly: I've been reading the posts and reliaze what a wonderful girl Shelly became. Our thoughts and Prayers are going out to you and yours at this time. We only knew Shelly as a child and she was super then as she obviously continued to be. It is so apparent just how many lives she touched in her short life.

God Bless.

The Brunskills

On 05-May-2001, Minty from WA...
My heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Michele. Though I didn't know her, after seeing what Michele wrote, I think she would approve of what I would like to share in order to encourage people to please be an organ donor. A bit over 3 years ago, my brother received the kidney of a woman who died in a car accident, leaving 4 children, ages 13-23. Our family has met her children and my brother and his wife, over the miles that separate them, have all but adopted them. His life story includes many happenings that can't be called anything but miracles...the kind that give one goose bumps to hear. Without a transplant he could not have continued his work of helping others in need, while others might not hear or see without her transplant donations. My brother has dedicated his life to helping others, by sharing, informing and comforting people while they await, and after, organ transplant. Because of his kidney transplant, he has been able to continue living; dedicating his knowledge, skills. physical labor and financial support to many charitable causes. Though the Mother tragically lost her life, a part of her lives on helping another do good because of her organ and tissue donations. God bless you. Respectfully, Minty

On 04-May-2001, Julie from FL...
Dear Aunt Shell,

I will always remember the times we slept in your big bed and talked all night. And the day you brought me my dog "Molly". And when you stayed with us and Marcey was at work and you jumped on the trampoline with me when you were on Flolan, we didn't tell anyone. I will always remember our secrets.

I think of you every time the wind blows in my hair. And the smell of the morning air reminds me of you.

You were the best Aunt I will ever have. Everytime I get a new freckle I will know it was a kiss from you!

Eskimo Kisses Forever!

Love Always,
Your Niece Julie

On 02-May-2001, Mary Jane from FL...

God it has been so long!!!!!! Do you remember all those times we sat in your room and talked about guys, about what we wanted in relationships... Do you remember all those hours we spent on scrapbooks for rainbow? What about the million times we watched Tommy Boy and Babe. LA LA LA!!! Well, those times I know I will never forget and I will certainly never forget you. I am so happy that you were my "sister" and friend. I just wish that after you moved I could have visited or seen you more than I did. Well, when I make it up there ( I hope I make it too), we will still have those fun times and conversations. I love you and always will. Thanks for being the only and best sister I will ever have. Love you always, Mary Jane aka "MJ"

On 27-Apr-2001, Shelby from FL...
I have known Michele for several years through a Masonic youth organization know as the Internat'l Order of the Rainbow for Girls. She was such a wonderful person who always had a smile on her face and always made others feel at ease. I was saddened to hear of her passing but was also relieved to know that she was no longer suffering. I hadn't seen Michele since June of 1999 but had conversed with her on occassion through emails and cards. I was fortunate enough to attend her memorial service in Lake City where everyone was in good spirits, as i know she would have wanted. The service was emotional but lovely just the same. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. Michele touched everyone she knew, including me. My life is better because I was fortunate enough to have known her, as my friend and "sister". Michele, please do me a huge favor and put in a good word for me up there, and if you see me doing something i shouldn't be please throw something SOFT at my head! I will LOVE and MISS you ALWAYS!

On 27-Apr-2001, Kbird from CT...
Buttmunch, you may be gone, but never forgotten, Remember ALWAYS AND FOREVER!!! I'll always remember our long late nite talks, Our visits, and our special friendship we shared, Love ya bunches, Skippy

On 27-Apr-2001, Dori from FL...
Shell , I'll miss you so much. I'll miss seeing you at my kitchen table when I get home from work waiting to play cards , I'll miss seeing you watching sundays race with Bobby , I'll miss your voice , your jokes and beautiful smile but I know your in good hands and we'll see you again some day but for now I'll see you in every golden sunset and every wild flower that blooms.If God ever put an angel on earth it was you.

Love you always , Dori Trunnell

On 26-Apr-2001, Diane from MA...
I would like to thank Michele's family for giving the world such a wonderful person.

We met in the ACHD chat but soon became online friends.

My one regret is that I will not be able to meet her "off line"

I found it easy to make her laugh.

I and all of us in the chat will miss her ROFLOL.

I will miss having my late night buddy to chat with.

World to not cover how I feel about you having to leave us.

Love you "Michy"

On 25-Apr-2001, tsherrill865 from PA...
shell and i were best friends for over 14 years,we went through the whole transplant scene together. She was very brave she never gave up though, she has taught me alot. She would do anything for anybody,I too had a high phone bill but i would never trade it for anything. i know we werent ready to give her up yet but at least she is able to be normal again as shell would say. I love her and her family and I will always remember her. Love to her family and to her husband Travis, Tabitha

On 25-Apr-2001, Travis from FL...
Shell you were the love of my life you were my wife and my best friend i will deeply miss our late nights of card playing, talking,laughing and me getting up at 4:30 in the morning to you still on the computer.. I LOVE YOU and I will MISS you for the rest of my life until we meet again watch over us all and we will meet again.LOVE YA Travis

On 25-Apr-2001, Gary Culbertson from RI...
Michele, I only have memories of when you were little. You were such a little "China Doll" then, but such a big part of your family. You never really knew it, but through Marcey you were a part of my life, and you will be greatly missed. You touched so many lives in your short time here and I hope that you can continue doing so now that you are free.

On 25-Apr-2001, Pat from IN...
I never met you Michele but I feel as if I know you thru our mutal friend Nancy Williams. I remember many years ago Nancy telling me about you and she has kept me updated on you over the years so naturally when you had surgery Nancy informed me about it. You and your family was in my prayers every day. You have touched my life and my heart. God Bless You. You will be missed.

On 25-Apr-2001, Tony from FL...
Michele, you were my first love and will always remain the special person who taught me how to love someone so much that it hurts not to spend every minute together. And when we parted ways I am glad you found the one true man that could make you happier than I did. I miss you and will always think of you. You behave up much to do, but remember save some for us, when we get there. I love you and always will. I was lucky to have spent the 4 years as your boyfriend and even luckier to remain your friend. P.S. You helped me write my quote for AOL, and you lived it with no regrets. "Live for today for you know not what tomorrow brings" You will be deeply missed. LOVE, Tony

On 25-Apr-2001, Sheri from TX...
Michy, God what a hard time it is giving you up! I know you aren't in pain anymore and you can outrun all of us - that part I love but missing you is very hard. You were the first friend I ever made online - you have made your mark in my heart forever. I know you are introducing them to chat rooms in heaven in case they are behind the times. Take care sweets. I love you. Sheri

On 24-Apr-2001, Easter from LA...
Shell, that's what I called her. She was like a sister that came into my live two years ago. She will be missed by several people in Louisiana that only know her from my many memories of Shell and by my family. Shell got to come see us in Louisiana back in December 2000 for new years and the memories will never die. My condolences go out to Shell's family and Travis. We will be back to see you all soon. Ed Easter and Family.

On 24-Apr-2001, Marcey from FL...
Shell, I am going to miss you so much. The laughs, the hugs, the tears. You were not only my lil' sis, but my best friend. We knew each others secrets, dreams, and thoughts. And now I won't have to have all those expensive phone bills to share them with you. You will always have a special place in my heart and I will think of you every minute of every day.

Now, you have the lungs you always dreamed of. You can take that first "real" breath. You can run, ride a bike, and just watch over all of us!

You are My Angel!

With all my Love-Marcey

On 24-Apr-2001, Franklin "Frankie" Heintz from LA...
Michele, was such a strong part of my life, with her encouragement I made it through some of the toughest struggles of my life. Michele or "Shell" as we knew her, was and always be a sister to me, I will always carry your love and memory in my heart Michele, no one will ever take your place. I got to see her in New Orleans in January of 2001, and that was the greatest time that we spent together. I have become very close to Michele and her family, and will always consider Michele my sister and Cindy my "mom." My hope and desire is to never lose touch with them and to never forget Michele. Michele, I love you now, always and forever. And to Michele, you will always be my sister.

On 24-Apr-2001, Clint Grant from GA...
Michelle , "Gator Girl " as I nicknamed you , you were a special young lady . Despite the many hardships you yourself endured, you were always there to give support to anyone in need . I shall miss your little giggle sign you would give me in an IM . I will also miss our late at night conversations . I was fortunate to meet with you personally two times and found you to be a joy each time . Just as soon as you learn how to use those wings you just got , I'm sure you will be asighned as someone's Guardian Angel . I hope its me . I love you Shell and will miss you . My prayers go out to Travis and your family . Sweet dreams , my friend.

On 24-Apr-2001, Chuck & Wendy from FL...
Michele.... we only met you a few times but,through your family you tuoched ours! We know you are up there smiling brite we can see it from here!Your courage that you showed will inspire us all,and we will remember your lust for life and try not to take ours for granted.We promise to cherish every breath!!!!

GOD SPEED!!!!!!!



On 24-Apr-2001, Ed Watson from FL...
Shell, I remember talking with you in the lung transplant chat room, you were full of questions, wanting to know all about transplants and Shands Hospital. When you found out my late wife was in the hospital with another rejection you and Cindy came calling, with gifts (stuff animal) I talked with your mother and you talked to Carole, she was so impressed by you, she could only say how beautiful you are. You and your Ma became part of our family that day! Carole always was a little happier when she seen you or you two talked on the phone or E-mail. I know she prayed for you very often. I would go into our bedroom and hear her pray and your name was always there with the rest of her kids......We both love you and your family very much. Carole gets to see you now, but I have to wait my turn, you two girls will be in my dreams until we are together again, I miss you so much. LOVE YOU

On 22-Apr-2001, Lynda from GA...
Michele, I never had the pleasure of meeting you, but I know I would have loved you as much as all the others have.

I know what you have faced with your transplant, as I begin to be faced with the same.

It is my loss that I don't have you hear now to comfort me and share thoughts with, but I know you are free now and have a brand new body in the presence of Christ Our Lord.

I pray for those you have left behind who grieve for their loss, Michele, I smile to think where you are now and how free you are.

God Bless and Keep us all.


On 21-Apr-2001, Cecilia from AR...

You will be sorely missed kiddo. This website is absoulutely breath taking. My condolences go out to your mother, family and Travis. May there always be pennies in heaven from you.

Love ya,

On 21-Apr-2001, Blubfly from So. CA...
Michele, you will be greatly missed by so many. You touched my life many years ago.I recall years of co-hosting with you and all that we shared. You, at your tender age, taught me much about life and how to hold onto what was important. I'll be holding you in my heart until we meet again in a better place. Peace be with your family and loved ones and Thank You for being YOU.

On 21-Apr-2001, Robyn from NJ...
Michele, You went through so much at such a young age. Your short 22 years with us were filled with an amount of knowledge, Love, courage, and compassion that most of us don't understand or experience until we're much older in years. Some people don't ever get it. May your spirit soar on the wings of angels and the light of your soul lead your way throughout Heaven where you'll always be young, you'll always be pretty and you'll always be healthy.

Much Love, Robyn

On 21-Apr-2001, Sue aka Lillyplant...
Dear Michelle, I know you by MTrunn5402 for so many yrs. I found your chat so long ago when it was only in a private room back then. My daughter at the time was so ill and waiting for lungs were like holding our breathes forever. After my daughter died in my arms (10 mos old), I came even more for the solace it gave me. I will miss you so much but please go find my precious daughter and love her as much as you want for me:) Jennifer is beautiful just like you and your spirit is just like hers. God will lead you the way to her anytime you want. We will miss you! I will say comfort prayers for your mom & family..... Love, Sue(mom to Mark 1/30/97 & his twin, Jennifer 1/30/97-12/9/97)

On 21-Apr-2001, DainaH and MrPenjet...
I remember... when you so desperately wanted to experience the love between you and a special someone. I remember... when you graduated from high school. I remember... when you met Travis. I remember... blessed child, I so remember you. When you lived, you did it with grace and dignity. When you died, you did it with grace and dignity. I remember... I will always remember.

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