Some artist’s work is instantly recognized because of something that they have in their paintings.
For Michelle Pickering it was her peacocks. The colourful bird was featured in a number of her works, including one on her own garage door in the city.
On Sunday (May 24) Michelle passed away at the age of 45 after a battle with cervical cancer. Yesterday she was laid to rest in the Cochrane Cemetery with 37 peacock feathers around her in her casket. Why 37 feathers? “My wife always encouraged my son to follow his dreams and that’s his hockey jersey number,” says Michelle’s husband Chad. “I think she’ll definitely have the most beautiful wings where she is.”
Chad says his wife battled auto-immune disorders like fibromyalgia for much of her life. In December 2018 Michelle was in and out of hospital. In January 2019 the doctors diagnosed her with late-stage cervical cancer. Michelle began to battle the disease and went through six rounds of chemotherapy. In May of that year, her doctors couldn’t find any sign of cancer.
By the middle of summer Michelle again began to feel poor and cancer cells were detected around her lungs. She again began fighting the disease and had another screen where doctors could find no trace of the disease. However, Chad says from there things began to go downhill quickly.
“Other things began happening, infections. The chemotherapy, the one thing they don’t discuss is how hard it is on the body, physically and…