Michelle Boyatt Dearborn, 68, wife of Lonnie Dearborn and loving mother and grandmother, passed away on March 18, 2020 in Tacoma, Wash. after a feisty battle with chronic lung disease.

Born Oct. 17, 1951 in Vallejo, Calif. to a dysfunctional family, she later chose the late John and Kathleen Boyatt as her parents. She grew up in Tacoma, Wash. and spent her early adult life in the Wenatchee area where she lovingly raised her children. She had a great love for horses, breaking in many of them. In 2005, she married Lonnie and moved to Quincy, and later to Aberdeen.

She spent her life taking care of others in their time of need. Her love was quilting and she belonged to various quilting groups. She was famous for her beautiful quilts which she gifted to her family and friends. She lived by her favorite saying, “dynamite comes in small packages.”

She is survived by her husband, Lonnie; daughter Christi Agnew-Johnson (Robert); son Walter Scott Agnew (Jennifer); step-mother Ann Boyatt; grandchildren Zachary Johnson (Maddie), Chase, Kelsie and Cooper Agnew; sisters Terrie Kingsley, Deborah Irby and Melinda Drinen; brother Rusty Boyatt; step-children Lisa Wire (Rick), Michael Dearborn and Robert Dearborn (Katie); and step-grandchildren Kate and Lindsey Wire, Abby and Jackson Dearborn.

She was preceded in death by her parents, beloved grandsons Tyler Johnson and Conner Agnew, sisters Georgia Brown, Tonia Gradrof, and brothers Thomas Schnettler and Michael.

A memorial to be scheduled at a later date.

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