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Judy Michie

April 22, 2015
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Judy Michie was born December 12, 1938 in Kansas City to Stanley and Arleta Hamilton. She attended Kansas State, majoring in Journalism. Judy started out her career in hospitality as a Harvey Girl, working for her father at the Harvey Restaurants in the midwest and southwest U.S. states. She and her parents moved to Ft. Myers Beach in 1958, where they opened the Newport Star Restaurant. She met and Married Donald Michie, and they went on to run the Beach Bowl, where Judy was a Professional Bowling Instructor. After successfully guiding 5 children through Kindergarten, Judy was awarded a Master of Rhymes from SanCastle Kindergarten on Fort Myers Beach. She then became the first paid secretary of St. Raphaels Episcopal Church in 1965 and worked in that capacity until 1980. Many hours were spent at the Church organizing coffee hours, pancake breakfasts, potluck dinners, weddings, funerals, Shrimp Festivals and anything else you can think of! Judy loved to be in the kitchen and in charge! She began a new career in 1982 and went into the real estate business, first joining Fantasy Island Realty, then Sanibel Realty for 13 years, and Prudential for another 4 years. While at Sanibel Realty, Judy was honored by the Sanibel Captiva Board of Realtors as the Realtor of the Year, without having ever sold a piece of property! She was honored in 1993 by Prudential as the Rental Associate of the Year as well. She was so enthusiastic about her work, that it was long rumored that Judy could sell a refrigerator to an eskimo living in an igloo. In 1997, she and daughter Sharon started the Cottages To Castles vacation rental agency on Sanibel, where she held court, gave advice for 5 cents, and was known to be a straight shooter. She loved greeting guests and owners first with a handshake, then with a hug. Her July 4 Parade and Luminary Festival parties are the stuff of legend, with her Christmas displays only taking a backseat to her famous Reindeer Punch and much sought after Fruitcake. Judy was active in the church choir, ABWA, water quality issues, the St. Raphael's Church Shrimp & Stone Soup Dinners and the Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival. Judy spearheaded the annual Shrimp Roll sales for over 50 years, mixing up her famous recipe for all to enjoy. She is survived by her husband Donald; children LeeAnne Proulx (Marc), William Chip (Dina), Andrew, Sharon and Martin (Jen). Grandchildren Lauren Proulx Conforti (Ryan), Ian Proulx, Erin Michie, Kristen Michie, Markie Johnson, Deanna Michie, Samantha Rivera and Evan Michie. She was loved by many and will be missed by all. Judy was one of a kind. Her lifelong message was to always Love one another and to Be Kind. A memorial service will be held at St. Raphaels Episcopal Church, 5601 Williams Drive; Ft. Myers Beach, FL 33931 on Saturday May 2, 2015 at 1:00pm. A good time will by had by all. Per Judy, thats an order! In lieu of flowers, Judy requested that donations in kind be made to the Saint Raphaels Church Kitchen Fund.

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