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Official Obituary of

Michelle L. (Pollard) Pena

February 16, 1965 ~ March 3, 2024 (age 59) 59 Years Old

Michelle Pena Obituary

     With great sorrow we announce the passing of our daughter, sister, mother, and friend, Michelle Pollard-Pena. She went to be with her Lord on Sunday, March 3rd in Gooding, Idaho after a long-term illness. She leaves behind her daughter - Ruby Jane Pena; her mother - Florence Pollard; her brother - Jim Pollard; and her sisters - Pam Pollard and Heidi Raymond. 

     Michelle grew up in East Helena, Montana. As our big sister, she brought art, music, laughter, and joy into our lives. She dressed up her little sisters as rock stars and always made them feel special. She introduced them to college life and to this little coffee shop called Starbucks in the 80s! And her little brother, Jim Pollard, inspired her love of motorcycles.  As a gifted artist, Michelle earned art and academic scholarships to the University of Montana. She graduated with a Degree in Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Montana in 1989. Throughout her life, she created many beautiful acrylic paintings, watercolors, and graphic designs for work. Graphic design became her favorite art medium. She also illustrated several children’s books such as "The Lonely Rain Drop" and "Feet, Feet, Foot". Michelle was also an herbalist and sought the path less traveled. She connected with her community and cared for them. She loved being with people and helping anyone in need. 

     Michelle had an adventurous spirit. She had lived in Seattle, Washington, then Boise, Idaho, and eventually San Antonio, Texas where she met the love of her life, Ray Pena. Together they raised their talented daughter, Ruby Pena. Ruby is the center of their lives and Michelle absolutely loved being a mom. She and Ruby moved to Gooding, Idaho after Ray passed, to be with family. In Gooding, she joined her other family, the Church of Jesus Christ.

    Michelle was a feisty and loving soul. Our angel has soared into the heavens but she remains in our hearts. Dear Michelle, we will miss your spunk, your beautiful smile, and your warmth. You are forever loved.

     A celebration of her life is being planned by the Church of Jesus Christ in Gooding, Idaho and also in the summer of 2024 in Montana.

     Cremation arrangements are under the care and direction of Demaray Funeral Service - Gooding Chapel.

























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Gooding, Idaho 83330


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