Michelle Marie Barnett, 32, of Brazil died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003, in Denver, Colo., from injuries sustained in a semi-truck accident.
She was born Jan. 26, 1971, in Terre Haute, the daughter of Tony Valentic and and Shelia Hicks.
She attended North High School and graduated from Northview High School. She obtained her teaching degree in elementary education from ISU and her master's degree from Indiana Wesleyan in 2003.
She taught at Otter Creek Middle School for eight years. She was the language arts teacher and the audio-visual and in-house television studio authority.
She was devoted to her teaching and involved her husband in many projects. The loved to travel, scuba-dive, camp and spend time with their nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Shelia and Bruce Fisher and her father and stepmother, Tony and Pam Valentic, all of Terre Haute; one brother, Rob Valentic and fiancee Vanessa Simmer; stepbrothers, David Fisher, Aaron Clingerman and Robert Clingerman; sisters, Tracey Symon and Terri Willingham and husband Howard; stepgrandmother, Marjorie Fisher of Riley; nieces and nephews, Tanner and Tyler Symon of Terre Haute, Maeggen Helton of Sullivan and Brooke Crabill of Texas; and her extended family of children at Otter Creek Middle School.
Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at French Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Hess and Father Rob Hausladen officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday prior to services.
In lieu of flower, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Otter Creek Middle School, "Barney Fund," 4801 N. Lafayette Ave., Terre Haute, IN 47805. Light a candle in their memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.