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, was home-schooled and she finished her last 3 months of high school at 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, 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 was infectious and drew children like a magnet. She knew no stranger.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Friday, July 5, 2019 from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Twickenham House, Jefferson Hollow Road, Jefferson, North Carolina, 28640.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Iris African Orphanages may be sent through APPHOP, please make checks to APPHOP/Appalachian House of Prayer/Michaella, PO Box 2227, Boone, NC, 28607.

Condolences can be sent to ghanifan1@gmail.com.