Michaella Margret Hanifan, “Meme”, died in an automobile accident in Napa, California, on Sunday, June 23 at the age of 18.

Michaella is survived by her parents Jerry and Jennie and their children; Finnuala, Treas, and, Cian of Todd North Carolina.

Michaella was born in Morristown, New Jersey, November 4, 2000. She attended primary school at Gramercy Christian school, as well as being homeschooled, she finished her the last 3 months of high school from Croatan high school in June 2019.

Michaella’s life motto: “When you can’t find the sunshine be the sunshine.”

For those who knew Michaella knew her joy. Her joy was from Father God poured out without discretion of age or difference. She chose to make joy the greater reality in her life. She found beauty in every circumstance and a bit of laughter too. Michaella attracted many, her laughter which was infectious, and drew children like a magnet. She knew no stranger.

A celebration of life is scheduled for Friday, July 5 from 2 PM to 7 PM at the Twickenham house, Jefferson Hollow Road, Jefferson, North Carolina, 28640. In Lieu of flowers donations to Iris African orphanages through APPHOP, please make checks to APPHOP/Appalachian House of Prayer/Michaella, PO Box 2227, Boone, NC, 28607. Condolences can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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