The world’s light dimmed for a moment today when Michelle (Johnson) Bastin decided to move on to her next adventure. She didn’t lose her battle with cancer, she merely ran out of ammunition and her gloves wore down to bare knuckles as she threw her last punch.
She was born on March 19, 1971 to Larry and Sandra Johnson. Michelle took care of her mom at home with her step father Ed Mauritson until Sandy decided her fight with cancer was over as well. Michelle loved her sisters and brother, Colleen Perry, Zina Mater, and Tony Johnson more than she could ever show and absolutely worshipped the ground her siblings and their kids walked upon. Liza, Madison, and Abbi Sample you always brightened her day when you came to play with the dogs or just hang out. Cassidy and Samantha Johnson, she fell madly in love with you from the first time you came from out of town to meet her and looked forward to every visit. And finally, Casidy Mater, Michelle truly enjoyed watching you become the beautiful woman you are and supported you fully with every step. You all were big highlights of her life! She met Rob Bastin in high school and they fell in love with each other the day they met. They married on Valentine’s Day in 1991 and then again on June 15th, 2001. Rob always said if angels exist, Michelle was definitely one and felt lucky to have an angel fall in love with him! Their love for one another was one of a kind. That kind of love only exists in another dimension. It was magical!
Michelle never bragged about any accomplishments and always remained humble when it came to spreading love to everyone who crossed her path. Her motto was “There’s always someone who has it worse”. That was her attitude while fighting cancer and always had a smile no matter the situation. She gave fully to every relationship and the only thing she wanted in return was to know that you were loved. A family friend said his memory will always be how Michelle’s smile brightened the room every time she entered. She truly touched so many peoples lives.
Beside her family and friends, Michelle had a passion for animals. She felt life was better with an animal in it. She always had a dog by her side and at one time, waited for ten years to get her arms around an Affenpinscher. The breed is known as “monkey dog” as they look like baby silverback gorillas. There’s only one name for a monkey dog in her book and his name was Clyde. He was her pride and joy as Michelle couldn’t have kids of her own. She trained him to kiss her without licking her face and used to sneak him into restaurants inside her purse since she took him everywhere. She once tried to sneak up on a buffalo at a wildlife refuge in Oklahoma. She always made her husband pull off on the side of the road to pet horses grazing in the meadows. If she had it her way, she would have one of every kind of animal in existence. She always said that if she got rich, she would have an animal rescue.
Michelle and her husband want to express their appreciation and love to her extended family at The Simon Cancer center. Dr. Lawrence Einhorn treated Michelle’s cancer and was able to give her 4 extra years here on earth. She felt so fortunate to be in the company of greatness and also felt like a celebrity herself. Heads of states and countries and even sports stars came from all over the world to be treated by a doctor who discovered a cure for testicular cancer and was now focusing his efforts on lung cancer. Thank you for the extra time and taking such good care of Michelle!
Michelle loved poetry and one of her favorites was Walt Whitman. She would love to leave you with one to ponder...
“They are alive and well somewhere, The smallest sprout shows that there is really no death, And if there was it led forward to life, and does not wait at the end to arrest it, And ceas’d the moment life appear’d. All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses, And to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier.”
Visitation for Michelle will be on Saturday July 27, 2019 from Noon To 8 pm at Chandler Funeral in Ellettsville.
Michelle would appreciate any flower money to be donated to the White River Humane Society. They are a no kill animal shelter who is always in need of donations. Thank you.