HUFFMAN, Michelle Alexandra (Hand), 35, of New Cumberland, WV, formally of San Diego, CA, passed away from breast cancer on Tuesday morning with family at her side.
Born on October 1, 1976, in San Jose, CA, Michelle was the first daughter of Pauline A. Santa Cruz, of San Jose, CA and the daughter of Mark A. Hand, of Dallas, TX.
Michelle was a co-owner of Spicy Gringo's Mexican Restaurant located in Wellsburg, WV. In addition to spreading joy to the customers of her restaurant, Michelle took great pride in her adoptive community and was an avid supporter of the Relay for Life organization. In March, Michelle was chosen as the keynote speaker for the 2012 Brooke County Relay for Life Kick-Off Dinner.
In addition to her parents, Michelle is survived by her husband and soulmate, Alan G. Huffman; their two dogs, Cash and Ms. Mags; two brothers, Nicholas Hand and Matthew Bradley; a sister, Nina (Jerry) Turley, her nephew, Aidyn Turley; her in-laws, Gene and Eileen Huffman; brothers-in-law, Jimmy Huffman and John Anthony; and her sister-in-law, Darlene Anthony, who provided immeasurable support and guidance throughout Michelle's battle with cancer.
A private viewing will be followed by the scattering of her ashes over the Pacific Ocean.
A Michelle-abration gathering will be held on Sunday, July 22, 2012, beginning at 1 p.m. throughout the day until around 4 p.m. at the Bluebird Shelter located in Brooke Hills Park, Wellsburg, West Virginia.
All services are under the direction of Chambers Funeral Home, 1030 Main St., Wellsburg, WV.
Condolences may be registered at www.chambersandjames.com
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be forwarded to the Brooke County Relay for Life via www.relayforlife.org