MOREL, JULIE MICHELE "MIKE" died on November 7, 2010. Born in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of Linus and Gladys Hayes. As a young girl, she was both a Brownie and a Girl Scout, earning the required badges and participating in scouting. Piano and dancing lessons rounded out her youth.
As a teen she was a member Epiphany Episcopal Church in Forestville, MD. She participated in church activities and sang in the choir. She attended Suitland High School and graduated from Anacostia High School. She married Richard Morel, the son of Stanley and Ruth E. Morel of Washington, DC. Michele and Richard had recently celebrated their fifty-first wedding anniversary.
Michele was an accomplished homemaker. She had an innate talent for design and color, which was reflected in the family's surroundings. Later in life, she reinterpreted this ability and became an avid quilter. Mike was a member of the Bayside Quilters Quilt Guild and the Baltimore Album Bee. She enjoyed a lifelong interest in all things equestrian, dogs, reading, NASCAR, cooking, college football, and the Redskins. She was also a dog fancier with a special love for the Jack Russell Terrier breed and the Labrador retriever. Mike was also involved in her husband's sports car racing as part of the pit crew in the 1960s and 1970s. She also loved hot rods, car shows and laughing with her friends.
Her greatest achievements were her children: Dennis of Federalsburg, Kirk of Leesburg, FL, and Lisa Lyons of Trappe. Her youngest son, Scott, predeceased her in 1995.
She is also survived by her husband, Richard Morel of Trappe; a sister, Madeline Reese of Rio Rancho, NM; five grandchildren: Benjamin, Bailey, Samantha-Brooke, Lyons, Dennis, Jr., and Devon Morel; one great-grandchild; and her recently found family in Michigan. Mike (Mom), we will look for you in the next life and will know you by your smile and good deeds.
A memorial service and wake will be held in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to the Talbot Hospice Foundation, 586 Cynwood Dr., Easton, MD 21601. For online tributes, please visit www.fhnfuneralhome.com