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Michelle M. Shatford (MacKinnon), 50, the wife of Douglas C. Shatford passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, October 12th with her family at her side, following a year long fight with pancreatic cancer.
Born on January 15, 1967, she was the daughter of Maureen G. MacKinnon (McNeely) and the late Russell A. MacKinnon.
In addition to her loving husband, Douglas, and treasured mother, Maureen, Michelle is survived by her three beautiful children, Faithe, Michael, and stepdaughter, Caitlyn. She was predeceased by her father, Russell and her brother, Michael.
Michelle attended Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School, Boston University and graduated from Northeastern University’s Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene. After graduating, she was hired by PerioNorth in Beverly, where she worked for over 25 years as a dental hygienist. During that time, she made lasting relationships with many patients and co-workers. Michelle was grateful for the special bond she shared with her co-workers and best friend, Margo.
Michelle was active in the Drum and Bugle Corps in her youth and made many close friends there. Her passion for music was evident as she followed around her favorite band, the Grateful Dead. She will always “keep truckin’ on." One of Michelle’s many talents was knitting. She always carried around her knitting bag, making blankets, scarves, mittens and sweaters as gifts. She even made Icelandic sweaters for her entire wedding party. In her recent years, Michelle began running and participated in numerous races along the North Shore. The Beverly YMCA became her second home and her friends there were like family. Together they completed Reach the Beach, which was one of her greatest accomplishments, 200 miles in 24 hours. The hobby Michelle loved most was shopping. To her, getting a bargain was like winning the lottery.
Michelle lived in several towns along the North Shore including Beverly, Georgetown, South Hamilton, and finally Magnolia. There, she and Doug settled down to raise their family.
Michelle and Doug celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary in September with a lovely picnic overlooking the Magnolia Beach. Together, they shared many adventures, which included traveling to Europe and South Africa. The two met through friends of Bill W. Michelle celebrated her 20th anniversary of sobriety this past year, with friends, at the “Bill W.” house in Vermont.
Michelle was a devoted mother, and her children were the love of her life. She enjoyed traveling with them. Cherished memories include trips to New York and Disney World. Her favorite thing was watching Caitlyn, Faithe, and Michael pursue their passions, be it attending college, playing hockey, or jumping off the pier, to name a few. The entire family was fortunate enough to take a trip in May to Siesta Key, Fla. There, Michelle spent each day having fun in the sun, thanks to the Dream Foundation.
Michelle was an inspiration to others with her strength and grace throughout her diagnosis. Her smile could light up a room. She made others smile when she sang and danced for car karaoke after each treatment at Brigham and Women’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She will be sorely missed by all whose lives she touched. Michelle and her family would like everyone to know how much they appreciate the outpouring of support shown towards them during this past year.
Michelle’s wishes were for people to dress brightly to represent the celebration of her life.
Her funeral service will be held at the First Church in Wenham, one Arbor Street, Wenham, Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial in the Wenham Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the North Shore Academy, Lower School, 83 Pine Street, Peabody, MA 01960. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
Published on  October 16, 2017
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