It is with great sadness we announce the sudden and tragic passing of Michelle Bailes on March 17, 2018, at the age of 38, due to complications from a pulmonary embolism.
Cherishing her memory are her father, Rick (Velvet), brother Cameron, uncles Alan (Judy), and Paul (Linda), cousins Kris (Hye-Kyung) and Koren, Joanna, Matthew and Jonathan, step-brother Ken, step-sisters Suzi and Megan, her precious niece Emma, Emma’s mother Kelly, her goddaughter Brenley, and last but not least, where Michelle was concerned, her pampered cats, Scoop and Bandit. Michelle was predeceased by her mother Alison in 2003.
Michelle was born in Calgary and raised in Winnipeg. She attended Kelvin High School and was awarded the gold medal for her first degree in Biochemistry at the University of Winnipeg in 2004. Michelle graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba in 2010, completed rural family medicine in Dauphin in 2012, and trained as an anesthetist in 2013. She worked at the Portage District Hospital and became a partner at the Portage Medical Clinic in 2014. Michelle was highly respected by staff and was a strong advocate for her patients.
Michelle was an extraordinary enthusiast: passionate about travel, music, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, gourmet cooking, skiing with her family at Silver Star, and especially scuba diving, which she did as regularly and often as she could. A vibrant, vivacious, and loving person, Michelle lived life to its fullest and completely embraced times spent with those she loved.
Her death is not only a great loss to her family and friends, but also to her cherished and beloved “medical family” in Portage la Prairie who fought so valiantly to save her, and who miss her profoundly.
A celebration of Michelle’s life will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Breezy Bend Country Club, 7620 Roblin Blvd, Headingly, MB.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Portage District General Hospital Foundation, 524 Fifth St.SE, Portage la Prairie, MB, R1N 3A8, the STARS Foundation, 155 West Hangar Road, Winnipeg, MB, R3J 3Z1, or a charity of your choice.
A tree will be planted and cared for my McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel. www.mckenziesportagefuneralchapel.com 204-857-4021
Portage District General Hospital Foundation
524 5th St. SE, Portage la Prairie, MB MB R1N 3A8
STARS Air Ambulance
155A West Hangar Road, Winnipeg MB R3J 3Z1