Michele “Shelly” Busch-Miller, 65, of Great Falls, Montana, passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Peace Hospice Center in Great Falls.
Shelly was born to Michael and Gertrude Mavis Olson Busch on May 21, 1954, in Williston, ND. After finishing her high school education, Shelly worked as a waitress until she was left as a paraplegic after a tragic incident at age 21. For much of her life she was a home-maker and she loved spending time sewing beautiful quilts and gifts for her family and friends.
Shelly loved to decorate and designed beautiful wreaths. She loved attending rodeos with her husband, Dan Miller, whom she married on December 23, 1979, in Wolf Point, MT. They later moved to Havre, Mt. Dan Passed away on July 18, 1992. Shelly was never blessed with any children of her own, but loved and cared for many, especially her nieces and nephews. Shelly always wanted to be the prettiest and favorite aunt to them all. Shelly was also a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Havre, who Dan lovingly referred to as the “Beta B*tches”. She was a rare spirit, loved by many, and referred to as “The Cattle Queen”. She had a heart as big as Montana and a fighting spirit to match, helping her to overcome her many challenges, which she displayed as she fought her final fight for life at Peace Hospice. Shelly will forever be in our hearts, but we rejoice that she is once again running and dancing with family and Jesus.
Shelly was preceded in death by her grandparents, Philip and Elizabeth Busch and Martin and Minnie Olson; parents, Michael and Gertrude Busch; sister, Cheri Baker; brothers-in-law, Bob Baker, Keith Hartwig, Ed Klempel, and Kenny Papineau; mother-in-law, Louisa Miller; dear friend, companion and care taker, Bud Robbins; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, and her special fur-babies, Arby Little Soldier, Don, and Stetson.
Shelly is survived by her sisters, Kathryn Papineau, Mary (Ron) Johnson, Kitty (Dave) Cole; brothers, Michael (Leslie) Busch, Joseph (April) Busch; aunt, Linda Busch; many nieces and nephews; dear friends Kelsy and Keith Cofield, special angels who cared for Shelly; life-long friends, Jan, Virginia, and Karen; and her precious fur baby, Stella.