Michele Cecile Lathan

Michele Lathan

Michele Cecile Lathan gained her wings at the age of 71. She was at home when she passed away peacefully on January 18, 2019 with her two daughters, Angela and Amy, along with life partner, Guy, by her side.

Michele was born to Richard Reynold Frane and Itha Marie (Holtz) Frane in Seattle, WA on June 5, 1947. She was the 8th of 9 children. She was known by the nicknames “Mick” and “Mickey.” She graduated from Lincoln High School in Seattle, WA and later from the University of Washington with a BA in Global studies in 2003. She lived the last 35 years of her life in Everett, WA. She married Wesley Leroy Lathan on May 27, 1977 and was widowed on August 21, 1990. She spent the last 24 years of her life with her life partner Guy Balsitis. Michele loved her family deeply. She greatly enjoyed the children in her life. She also found joy in the theater, travel, history, gardening, reading, chocolate, and her dogs. She will be dearly missed.

Michele was preceded in death by her Father and Mother; Richard and Marie Frane, her sister; Patricia Day (Frane), and her nieces and nephews; Richard Frane III, Gina Erickson, Tina Frane, Michael Tisdel, Edward Denton, and Andrew Peterson.

Michele is survived by her life partner, Guy Balsitis; two daughters, Angela Wendel (Jeff) and Amy Lathan (Paul Moffenbier); her grandsons; Corey Wendel, Tristan Wendel, and Brent Wendel; her granddaughters; Peyton Lathan-Alton and Mackenzie Moffenbier, and her great-granddaughter, Layne Wendel. She is also survived by her siblings, Dorothy Musch, Nancy Walsh, Richard Frane II (Maryann), Daniel Frane (Jean), Suzanne Kemp (Clifford), Marianne Denton, Cristina Kelly and many nieces and nephews.


Funeral services will be held at St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Everett on February 2, 2019 at 10 a.m. with Father Titus E. G. Bayani officiating; graveside to follow at Holyrood Catholic Cemetery in Shoreline. A celebration of life will be held later that day at Vintage at Holly Village (9615 Holly Dr, Everett) 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. All are welcome to these events.

The family will receive friends and family from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, February 1 at Barton’s Family Funeral Service in Shoreline.

In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Associations.

8 Responses to “Michele Cecile Lathan”

  • Jana Miller says:

    Angela, I am sorry for this loss. Never easy to lose someone in our lives.

    Please know I am praying for you and your family. Hugs my dear friend!❤️

  • Wendy Townsend says:

    Love you Aunt Mick ♥️

  • Chelsey Abrahamson (Day) says:

    Rest Easy Aunt Mickey. You have taught me so much through the years and I appreciate you for everything you did for me growing up, you were a mom to me when I needed you most. You will forever be remembered and missed dearly! I love you!

    -Chelsey

  • Stephanie Heyden Hancock says:

    You are finally resting in peace Michele and you will forever live in our hearts and fond memories! We sadly won’t be able to attend due to ticket prices being to high but we will be praying for all of you and celebrating Michele with you by eating Ande’s mint chocolates, cosmic brownies, jello, planting a flower for her and sharing our favorite Michele memories. We love you Michele and we love you Guy, Amy, Peyton, Kenzie, Angela, Brent and all of Michele’s beautiful sister’s and family! May you find some comfort in your happiest memories of Michele and keep her traditions alive!

  • Darcy Kemp says:

    We will miss you Mick – love you ❤️

  • Bec Kemp says:

    We won’t be far apart because you remain here in my heart. Love you Aunt Mick! Mwah.

  • Mac Cassel says:

    Michele showed me compassion when nobody else would. She would drive me to labor ready during the recession and day after day I would get no work and no money but she would still make me a hot meal and treat me like I was family. People like her light up the darkness and keep the glimmer of hope alive. That light and compassion lives on in Amy and Payton and continues to make this world a better place.

  • Dorothy Musch says:

    I’ll miss you little sister. You weren’t supposed to go before me. I love you forever. Dode

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