Carol Lee Michel

Carol Lee MichelOur beloved mom, grandma and sister Carol Lee (Prokash) Michel of Johannesburg, Calif., passed away on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017.

A funeral mass will be held at All Faith Chapel, China Lake, on Saturday, Dec. 23, at 10:30 a.m. A reception in the East Wing next to the chapel will follow the service, then she and her husband will be inurned together at the Rand District Cemetery in Johannesburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Home Health and Hospice.

She was the second of four children born to Orville and Leola (Bultman) Prokash on Nov. 13, 1945 in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. Carol married Howard “Mike” Michel, the love of her life, on Nov. 13, 1965, and they were blessed with four children. Carol earned her associate’s degree in business administration from Cerro Coso Community College in 1989, then worked for various contractors at China Lake. She retired in 2008 from a position as the textbook technician for Sierra Sands Unified School District. She served on the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education in the late 1980s and volunteered for various organizations including The Rand Improvement Organization, the Rand District Cemetery Committee and the St. Ann’s Food Bank. Carol enjoyed reading, gardening, shooting, traveling and walking this glorious desert. Her greatest joy in life was being a wife, mother and grandmother!

Mom — You were the finest wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister. Thank you for giving us life and loving us so purely. You were the strongest, classiest, most faithful and courageous woman we will ever know. We love you, respect you and will miss you until we are reunited in Heaven!

Carol was preceded in death by her beloved husband, her parents, her parents-in-law Robert “Mike” and Maryann Michel, her son-in-law Thomas Keep, her brothers Frank “Mike” and Jon Prokash, her brother-in-law Robert Bingham, her niece Michelle Bingham, her nephew Timothy Prokash and her little dog Gracie.

Carol is survived by her children Robert Michel, Andrea Mobley, Jennifer Keep, and Kelly and Thomas Treat, Jr.; grandchildren Chelsea Mobley, Sarah Mobley, Christian Treat, Holly Keep, Justin Treat, Aaron Michel, Kaycee (Ben) Mann and Emma Rita Keep; great-granddaughter Sophia Mann; sister Christine Bingham; sister-in-law Peggy Prokash; four nephews; and many cousins and friends.

— Submitted by the family of Carol Michel

Story First Published: 2017-12-22