Michelle Lyn (Bird) Nielsen
August 24, 1991 ~ June 4, 2014
Michelle Lyn (Bird) Nielsen passed away June 4, 2014, at 22 years of age. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Michelle was born on a lovely summer day, August 24, 1991, in Wenatchee, WA, to Randal Scott Bird and Cynthia Kay (Roos) Bird. She grew up in Wenatchee, where she developed a great love for learning. Michelle kept up with her older siblings by riding bikes, climbing trees, building forts and jumping on trampolines. As a child, she also loved to bake, draw, paint, scrapbook, knit, crochet, write and do other creative activities, which became lifelong hobbies. While being the youngest of eight children required a significant amount of patience, there were many fun and adventurous times working and playing together. She was deeply loved and cherished as ‘Shelly girl’.
She had a love of music and enjoyed playing the piano and singing. With a beautiful alto voice, she sang in her high school choirs and several quartets. One of these quartets was with her brother, Michael, which was a special time for her. She also loved the French language and traveled with the French Club to France and other parts of Europe. These experiences enlarged her view of the world. Out of her desire to serve others, she helped found Random Acts of Kindness, a service club in her high school that focused on anonymous acts of service. She served her peers and had many fulfilling experiences for herself and others. She loved academics and, as a diligent student, became a Valedictorian. She became interested in genetics in high school, which grew into her choice of major at Brigham Young University.
Michelle was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loved learning the Gospel and participating in the Young Women program. She internalized the Young Women values into her life and completed the Young Womanhood Recognition Award in just two years. All these experiences helped her develop into a well-rounded and genuine woman.
At Brigham Young University while pursuing a degree in Genetics, she met the love of her life, Scot Nielsen. They dated for most of her sophomore year, enjoying many good experiences and helping each other through difficult times as well. They became best of friends and their love for each other deepened. They were married for eternity on August 5, 2011, in the Oquirrh Mountain Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The next years of their life were filled with wonderful adventures as they finished their college degrees. After Michelle’s graduation in April 2013, they moved to Saratoga Springs, UT.
That summer, life took a turn when Michelle began having severe headaches, eventually leading to brain surgery removing a benign tumor. She was ever patient and sweet while enduring months of treatment and gradual recovery. Complications led to the discovery of malignant cancer. Treatment again showed promise, but further complications resulted in her peaceful passing. She was surrounded by her husband, Scot, and close family.
Michelle is survived by her husband, Scot Nielsen of Saratoga Springs, UT; her mother, Cynthia Kay (Roos) Bird of Wenatchee, WA; her siblings, Nathanial (Tiffany) Bird of Canton, GA, Nicholas (Jessica) Bird of Provo, UT, Natalie (John) Mahler of Atlanta, GA, Nicole (Alex) Cheung of Seattle, WA, Matthew (Joy) Bird of Provo, UT, Mitchell (Madison) Bird of Provo, UT and Michael Bird of Provo, UT. She was preceded in death by her father, Randal Scott Bird. Our hearts have been changed by her.
In lieu of flowers, funeral and medical expense donations would be appreciated. Please go to: www.antho.co/michelle for more information and the donation page link.