Michelle Lynn Somerton-Keough

May 14, 1973 to January 18, 2020

Obituary

 

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of a dear loving wife, sister, sister-in-
law, Aunt, daughter-in-law and a dear friend to many at the age of 46.
Michelle loved her husband of 22 years. She also loved being an awesome aunt to all her
nieces and nephews. Michelle was such a positive, inspirational, gentle soul who has left such a
remarkable touch on all of us and this world.

Michelle had such an appreciation for life – She truly did live life. She loved to hike, camp, sit by
the fire, dance & read, but most of all she loved spending time with her family.
Michelle is predeceased by her Father, Joseph Somerton; Mother, Hilda Somerton (Skanes); left
to cherish a lifetime of incredible memories are her loving husband Bill; Brother, Joe (Bonnie),
Uncle Gord (Doris); In-laws, Bren (Carol Ann), Vicky (Colin), Jane (Blair), Nancy (Peter), Ron (Paula), Doug
(Georgina), Carol (Jeff), Father-in-law, Bren Sr. (Judy), a number of nieces (Christina, Kayla,
Robyn, Nicole, Kylea, Chelsea, Samantha) nephews (Joey, Stephen, Hayden) as well as a large
circle of other family and friends……..Her “village”.

The family will receive visitors at St. Lawrence Anglican Church, Portugal Cove on Thursday, January
23 rd from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm & 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
The celebration of Michelle’s life will be held on Friday, January 24, 2020 @ 2:00pm from St.
Lawrence Anglican Church, Portugal Cove. Interment will be done at a later date.
Flowers gratefully accepted or donations in honour of Michelle’s memory can be made to the
NL Cancer Society.

 

KALEIDOSCOPE

My memories stir feelings
and emotions deep inside.
I feel once more, the times I laughed
and the times I sat and cried.
I can see the outlines clearly…
the people and the faces,
but years have blurred the details
of specific dates and places.
When these memories were moments,
I didn’t know how much they mattered…
pieces of my life’s imperfect quilt
all jumbled, torn and tattered.
Faded are the timestamps
on every tea and smile;
the memories outlast the moments
that are here for just awhile.
Like a Kaleidoscope of colours –
each turning twisting shape is a moment
morphed into a memory
before it could escape.
They give me strength to face
that which I cannot foresee.
they mold my past and present
they make up who is me.

Schedule

Visitations

12-4 p.m. on January 23, 2020

7-9 p.m. on January 23, 2020

St. Lawrence Anglican Church, Portugal Cove


funeral

2:00pm, Friday January 24th

St. Lawrence Anglican Church


Personal Stories

Photo Gallery

Condolences

Leave a Condolence

Your email address will not be published.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

We are so so sorry for your tremendous loss.
Mr. Keough is my son’s teacher and he has been extremely concerned for him after hearing of this horrible news….may the coming months bring you and your family some peace. So much love to you…..

I just learned of Michelle’s passing.I can’t believe she is gone…..My heart goes out to. her husband and family..I had the privledge of working with her at Eastern Health and was keeping in touch through e-mail.What an amazing women,strong ,beautiful, and caring.She was a beautiful soul always so positive even when that must have been difficult.I remember the last time I seen Michelle it was at St.Clare’s and I was giving a new colleague a tour of the hospital and she made a point of stopping and saying hi we exchanged hugs and best wishes she looked lovely..I got to meet you then Bill,……..her eyes would light up when she spoke of you …..RIP beautiful lady.

You make broken look beautiful
And strong invincible
You walk with the universe
On your shoulders and
Make it look like a pair of wings”

Sincerely;
Amanda Mallard

I just learned of Michelle’s passing last night, and I have spent the time since trying to find the right words for here.
I still don’t have the right words.
The time I spent living next door to Michelle and Bill are some of the happiest days of my life.
Michelle, Bill and I were real family. With Michelle I could let down my guard. Michelle truly looked in to your eyes and listened to you when you spoke. No cliche – Michelle cared. Her smile is truly amazing and disarming.. Michelle’s eyes truly sparked when she smiled and giggled – I will always remember that. Me in a mess from mowing the lawn and Michelle in her rubber boots while gardening, the two of us taking a break and sharing a laugh. I always felt better about myself and the world after being around Michelle..
I can’t go on more here even though I can go on forever. I am heartbroken.
Michelle, Bill – you are the best. I love you both.

Bill,
So sorry for the loss of your beloved wife. Sincere condolences to you and your family. Thinking of you all.
Take care,
Pamela Kavanagh(Linehan)

Bill and family,
We are shocked and saddened to hear about Michelle’s passing today. She was truly one kindest, most beautiful people we have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Our girls loved to visit, especially at Halloween, when Michelle and Bill ( and Migo!) greeted them at the door with matching costumes. Michelle always made them feel special. She made everyone who met her feel special. Her genuine smile, beautiful laughter and twinkle in her eye is something we will always remember. God bless and keep you, Michelle. Our prayers are with you, Bill and family.

It was an honour to have worked with Michelle a few years ago at Eastern Health. Always a smile and a laugh but always so knowledgeable and helpful. Such an amazing person and I’m truly heartbroken at her passing.

Very sorry to hear of Michelle’s passing. She certainly did have a smile that would light up any room she entered. She will be missed by those around her. Our sincere condolences to you Bill and family.

So sorry to hear of Michelle’s passing she was such a beautiful person and kind, caring and truly a gentle soul. Condolences to your family.

I had the pleasure of working with Michelle for the past five years. She played a key role in advancing the health & safety program for Compass at Eastern Health, mentoring many team members along the way. Her bright smile, vibrant sense of humor and incredibly positive attitude will be greatly missed. On behalf of the entire Compass Health & Safety Team, our deepest condolences.

I’m only now hearing of Michelle’s passing. I was floored when I say the announcement. I too enjoyed working with Michelle . She was good at her job but was also very personable and fair. She was very well liked. I am soo sorry for your loss.

It was such an honor to be present for the Celebration of Michelle’s Life today. The love and respect for her beauty
& strength were felt through the entire service. The readings, the music & the homily were such an extension of the qualities she bought to the lives she touched. Bill, Joe & all of her family she will always be your candle on the water when you need a guiding hand & may her peace bring you strength through your darkest days.

So sorry for your loss Billy.

So Sorry couldn’t be in attendance at your goodbye … I had every intention …
Margaret Matilda Skanes Jackman, Milton Jackman, Joanne Jackman and Craig Micheal Tatton send our utmost profound condolences to the Summerton/Skanes Family

Bill and family there no words that can express the lost of such a beautiful, caring person. Michelle was always a fun person to be around and I will always remember the times and conversations at Kiwanis Curling.
Bill,Caroline, Makayla

Bill and family,
Sorry to hear of the death of Michelle. I will always remember her smile and gentle spirit . She was a lovely lady with a kind heart.
My deepest sympathy to you,all
May she Rest In Peace and rise in Glory.
You are in my prayers at this sad time.

Michelle truly was an earth angel. She now has her angel wings. I only knew Micbellle for a short while when she worked out of St. Patrick’s Mercy Home but she left an impression that will last a lifetime. She was truly the essence of all that can be good in this world and the world has lost a beautiful bright light. I was blessed to have gotten to know her. Her compassion and that beautiful smile just always made your day brighter. Rest easy my friend. To her husband and family, I am so very sorry for your loss.

I was deeply saddened on news of Michelle’s passing.
She was such a beautiful person; kind, compassionate and intelligent. Michelle treated everyone with respect and had great concern for others.
Thank you Michelle, I will always remember you with a smile.
My condolences and prayers for Bill and family. God bless.

To Michelle’s family,
My sincerest condolences to you on Michelle’s passing. I met Michelle when I was the Health Inspector and she worked with the Compass Group. She was always great to work with to come I’m with solutions. I feel we got to be good friends over the years. She will be greatly missed.

It is with a great deal of grief that I send this message.
I had pleasure of working with Michelle for many years,, Michelle was most pleasant and certainly most Competent associate I ever worked with. No matter what you asked of her it was done and I can assure you done with excellence.
She was a true leader and her compassion for all who worked with her was so noticeable,
I valued her not only for her Competence but for loyalty to her job. She was not just an employee but I also considered her as a good friend.
Bill I am so sorry for your loss,I am out of town and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
May God Bless you .
Mike Power

I had the honour of working with Michelle for a while and she always had a smile on . Deepest condolences at this sad time

BILL, JOE, THE KEOUGH and SOMERTON FAMILIES. I AM SO VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. MICHELLE WAS SUCH A SPECIAL, DOWN TO EARTH, BEAUTIFUL LADY.. A SMILE THAT COULD LIGHT UP THE WORLD/ I LOVED WORKING WITH MICHELLE BECAUSE SHE MADE EVERYTHING SO SIMPLE.. WHEN SHE WORKED AT ST. PATRICKS MERCEY HOME SHE WOULD TAKE THE TIME TO DROP IN AND VISIT MY DAD JUST TO SAY HELLO EVEN THOUGH SHE DIDNT EVEN KNOW HIM. YOU COULDNT GET ANY SWEETER THEN MICHELLE. YOU ARE GOING TO BE MISSED MICHELLE. AND YOU WERE CERTAINLY THE BEST. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU AND WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE LAUGHS WE HAD AT WORK. R.I.P. MICHELLE MY SYMPATHY TO ALL OF YOU. XOXO WE NEED MORE MICHELLES.S IN THIS WORLD..

So sorry to hear of Michelle’s passing. Michelle was such an amazing and beautiful person, inside and out. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her. Michelle always had a smile on her face and kindness in her heart, which was contagious by just being around her. Rest in Peace Michelle.

My sincere condolence to Bill and all the family on Michelle’s passing. She was such a beautiful person, it’s hard to believe she is gone. I knew Michelle when I worked at the kitchen and we had many laughs together over the years. RIP.

My heartfelt condolences to Bill, Joe and your families. I am so sad for the incredible loss that you are going through with Michelle’s passing. I hope your precious memories of Michelle bring you comfort during this difficult time.

Michelle’s Family – I was shocked and saddened to hear the news today that this wonderful woman had passed. When we worked together at Compass Group she was a beacon of light and fun. Whenever the team got together there was fun and we looked forward to Michell’s wit and joyful look at life. She was so passionate about her work, and I also remember how passionate about her family. I will keep her, and all of you, in my thoughts and prayers. May she be at rest now.

My heart breaks that the world has lost this beautiful, amazing creature who touched so many people’s hearts with her smile and infectious joy of life😥 My deepest condolences to Bill, Joe and all the family and friends that will forever love and miss her. RIP you sweet angel. xoxo

Bill, I had the pleasure of working with Michelle from a distance. She was always an amazing ray of sunshine and had a positive attitude. Sending you my deepest sympathy for your loss. She is a loss to everyone who knew her.

Bill, I never had the good fortune of getting to know Michelle but those that knew her speak of a wonderful, caring one of a kind person and I can only imagine how hard this is for you and how dearly you will miss her.
Thinking of you and sending my deepest sympathy for your loss.
Sonya Rideout

Bill,
Michelle was such a beautiful person and her smile and energy would light up a room. She will be missed by everyone that had the pleasure of knowing her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Take care., Paula, Joe & Amy Manning

To Bill,Joe and extended family
Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.So sorry to hear off Michelle’s passing.She was such a lovely person and great bit off fun when at our curling bonspiel. Linda Fitzgerald-Kent &Lorne Kent

I have known Michelle since grade school. Still can’t believe she is gone, there isn’t enough words to describe Michelle. Angels walk upon us everyday, we may not be aware of it, but they’re always around us. Except one was needed elsewhere, Michelle was truly an inspiration of life, Humanity. Her smile would light up a room, its been an honour to have known her, being in the presence of her. A gentle soul with a huge heart, and full of life. Her spirit will live on, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family. You’re free now Michelle, but I’m sure ill see you again, god bless you…..

My deepest condolences to Bill and family. Michelle was an amazing lady. I am so blessed to have known her. So many childhood memories that i will cherish forever. R.I.P my friend you will be forever missed.

To Bill, the Keough and Somerton families. So deeply sadden to hear of Michelle’s passing. Such a wonderful lady of beauty and strength. May your precious memories of Michelle help to ease your pain over time.

Sending my deepest condolences Michelle was a beautiful lady RIP

Bill and Family ,
I am so sorry for you loose , Michelle was one of a kind , always putting others first. From the first day I met her 20 yrs ago and worked with her for 16 yrs before I retired, we laughed a lot and shared many good times together at work and socially .
I’m so saddened I didn’t get to see her before I left Newfoundland but so glad I have the great memories and pictures of her , time will heel but she will never be forgotten.
RIP Michelle .

Bill and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I’m in shock to hear this news. I had the pleasure of working with Michelle a few years back and we immediately became friends. It always brightened my day to see Michelle. She had an infectious beautiful smile and a heart made of gold. So kind and always giving of herself. Michelle was the type of person you couldn’t forget. She made a lasting impact on everyone she touched. You will be missed my friend. Another angel is born.

My heart goes out to Bill, Joe and all the Keough and Somerton families. May Michelle’s gentle, beautiful soul rest in the arms of the Lord.

Bill, words cannot express how deeply heart broken we feel. Our hearts go out to you. Michelle was a beautiful person inside and out always putting others before herself and will be dearly missed. Cherish and keep memories close to your heart to help you through the very difficult days ahead.
Sleep peacefully Michelle…xoxo

Bill and family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time.

So sorry. I will remember our days of laughter and chats as we traveled to and from work. Great times. RIP.

And the Angels rejoice as Heaven opens it’s Gates to welcome you
My deepest condolences to you precious Loved Ones ✨🙏✨

Bill and Family
I am so very sorry for your loss. Michelle was a very special person who truly made a difference in this big ole world of ours. She had the sunshine and warmth of such a BEAUTIFUL smile and made those around her feel happier because of it. I am sure you will all have those random little moments that will make YOU smile when you think of her..
I will surely miss her…

SO SAD TO HEAR THE NEWS YESTERDAY THAT MICHELLE HAD PASSED AWAY SHE WAS A BEAUTIFUL LADY WITH A BEAUTIFUL SOUL WE WILL MISS HER. I FIRST MET MICHELLE DURING MY TEN YEARS AS PARISH PRIEST ON BELL ISLAND DURING WHICH I GOT TO KNOW HER AND LOVE HER AS WE ALL DID. BILL KNOW THAT I AM THINKING OF YOU ALL AT THIS MOST DIFFICULT TIME ETERNAL REST GRANT UNTO HER O LORD AND MAY LIGHT PERPETUAL SHINE UPON HER.

So sorry to hear about this devastating loss. Deepest condolences to all family and friends, and there are so many mourning, and for good reason. May you all be consoled as Michelle would have wished. Do take care and may God bless.

To say Michelle was an amazing human being would be an understatement. Ken and I met her through work and became friends. Her smile and her heart were huge. Always doing something for others. We were so lucky to have her in our lives. We will never forget her. To Bill and her family, please accept our heartfelt condolences. She was loved dearly by all who knew her. ❤️

I was truly blessed when I walked a path on earth with an angel.. Michelle left an impression on everyone she met even if it was a moment in passing. She was one that we can all take an example from. If there were more Michelle’s, there would be a lot more love and a lot less hate. In this world. Rest well sweet Angel, you are now home… Hugs Bill and family, we will see you later this week.

Thoughts and prayers to you Bill and all the family ,Michelle was such an amazing lady and touched everybody she met,she will be missed by so many,until we meet again Michelle ,Raymond Rees

So sorry for your loss Bill, Michelle was an amazing person who will be dearly missed. Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family

Bill, my sincere condolences to you and your family at this difficult time.. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

So sorry for your loss Bill and to everyone else who knew and loved her. She will be missed

Sincere condolences to the Keough and Somerton family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Our sincerest condolences to The Keough and Somerton Families. Michelle’s smile and positive attitude has left a lasting affect on the people she knew. She will always be remembered and loved. Fly high with the angels.RIP Michelle

Bill, so sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of Michelle. Thoughts and Prayers are with you and the Family during this most difficult time!

So very shocked to hear of Michelle’s passing, she was a beautiful person inside and out, so happy and full of life, so positive and always with a beautiful smile. I had the privilege of working with Michelle a few years ago, she was such a wonderful and vibrant woman. So sorry for your loss Bill, sending condolences and prayers to you and all your family. May God give you strength to get through this very difficult time.

There’s no words to express the loss of such a friend. Bill and family I’m so very sorry for your loss.

So sorry to hear of your loss.

My Dear Bill, my heart aches for you and the loss of your darling Michelle💔!
Our chance meetings at the Cancer Clinic turned us into Friends and I am so sad to not be able to see you as you spend the next few days celebrating Michelle!
Such a brave little Girl she was, really she is the bravest person I have ever met!
The day you both came to see me at Carnell’s when John passed filled my heart with so much love!
I truly wish I could do that for you!
Sadly I’m not in Newfoundland and cannot be there for you 😢!
Michelle deserves to have anyone who knew her to come see you and comfort you as you have comforted her during her illness!
Everyone could see she was going to enjoy whatever time she had left, her beautiful happy smile was proof of that!
You were indeed a very lucky man Bill Keough to have had her love!
But there was no doubt She Loved You!❤️
Sending you my love and deepest heartfelt sympathies for your loss😘
I want to believe there is life after death, the ones left behind need to have that if we are to bear our loss!
Rest In Peace Darling Girl🙏

I am so sorry for loss Bill. Michelle was a great friend that I met over 30 years ago. She helped me with school, getting me back on track. Michelle would message me though out the years when life got rough and talk. She recently helped me though the passing of my dog Abby and I will never forget that. Michelle always thought of ours and now it is our time to remember her and all that she did for others. Michelle you will be missed by many.

Keeping you all in thought and prayer. God Bless 🙏

Sending sincere condolences to the family. May you find the strength to get through such a terrible loss.

So sorry for your loss xo

My sincere condolences to Michelle’s husband, Bill, her brother, Joe and all other relatives and friends. Michelle has had a very positive effect on everyone she touched. She was a breath of fresh air and an inspiration to one and all. I’m sure Michelle will continue to give strength to all who loved her. May she Rest In Peace.

My sincere condolences to her husband, family and friends.

Sending my condolences to Mr. Bill Keough and the rest of the family. A beautiful soul who will be missed dearly.

Xo,
Kelsey Delaney-Fiell and Nick Fiell.

Bill, Joe and extended families our heartfelt condolences are with you today. Michelle was a inspiration to many, her infectious smile and demeanor was what captured people when they met. She was a fun loving lady who was full of life. She is now in the arms of her parents and suffers no more. Keep your memories close and may God give you the strength in the days ahead.

Bill, Joe and extended family. Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your dearest Michelle.
Let her smile be your guiding light !

So sorry for your loss

Sorry doug to hear about michelle.s passing she was a beautiful person was nice to no her she was a kind and loving person condolences from robert decker and laura harris friends from rocky harbour thinking about you

I met Michelle almost 30 years ago when we both attended MedQuest at MUN.

I remember her big smile, bright eyes and friendly nature.

She adored her family and, without a doubt, her passing will leave a huge void in the lives of those she loved.

So sorry to hear of her passing. Sending most sincere condolences.

Bill, Joe and Family my condolence on Michelle’s passing.. I remember Michelle’s infectious smile. She was a beautiful person. May she Rest In Peace

Liz Beer

Bill, Joe and Family my condolence on Michelle’s passing.. I remember Michelle’s infectious smile. She was a beautiful person. May she Rest In Peace

Liz Beer

Oh Bill, I’m so sorry to hear this news. Sending you my deepest condolences,. While I didn’t know Michele personally, I remember how highly and affectionately you spoke of her. I’m so sorry for your loss.
Janet Nixon

Sincere condolences to Bill and all the Somerton and Keough family members. Michelle was indeed a beautiful soul. May your memories and each other comfort you now and for always.

I am heartbroken to hear the news of Michelle’s passing. One of the nicest childhood friends I ever had the privilege of knowing. I will always remember how kind she was, from elementary to high school (so many heart warming stories!). You left an impression, that lasts a lifetime – thank you for touching my heart and so many others.

Sending thoughts to the family during this difficult time.

Such a beautiful lady inside and out … her smile would light up a room and uplifting spirit is something to be admired . Thinking of all her family during this sad time…. RIP sweet angel ..

Bill and family, mere words cannot express how truly sorry I am. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

My deepest condolences to Bill, Joey, and families. Michelle will be missed by all of those whose lives she touched. She was beautiful inside and out.

Michelle was such a beautiful soul inside and outside. We are truly sorry for your loss! Sincere sympathy Bill, Joe and family.
Des and Teresita

Bill & Family,
Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your beautiful wife. I was blessed to have worked with Michelle and I will never forget her endless kindness and support. I can’t imagine the jubilation when Meego met her at the pearly gates ❤️

BILL I’M SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. LOVE ALWAYS AUNT JOS.

Our deepest sympothy to you all, our prayers are with you.

Bill and family; I am truly sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy as you celebrate Michelle’s life.