Clarice Alta Michael

Clarice Michaels
Clarice Michaels

Clarice Alta Michael, 74, died January 1, 2014. She passed peacefully at her home due to complications from ALS (Lou Gerhig’s disease). Clarice was born April 16, 1939 in Wenatchee to Archie and Gertrude Green.

She had two older brothers, Morris and Rodney. She grew up in Mazama and attended school in Winthrop. The family had a saw mill in Mazama until a flash flood, and later a fire, destroyed the mill. Clarice and her parents moved to Oroville in 1956. She attended Oroville High School her senior year, graduating in 1957.

Clarice married Walter Wyatt of Oroville Sept. 4, 1959 and soon had four children, Brian, Karen, Linda and Bruce. They lived and raised their children on their apple orchard north of Oroville. Clarice is well remembered as the town librarian where she worked for 22 years, retiring in 2000. Her husband Walter passed in 1983. In 1990, after her children had grown and left the home, she sold the orchard and moved across town to live next to her parents.

Clarice married Larry Michael in 1997 and gained three grown children, Nick, Joe and Patricia. After she retired from the Library, Larry and Clarice traveled extensively in their RV. Enjoying the warmer climate in Arizona, they became Snowbirds and eventually moved to Casa Grande to live year round. In 2009, Larry and Clarice moved to East Wenatchee to be closer to family where they’ve lived until her death.

Clarice is survived by her husband Larry, seven children (Brian Wyatt and his wife Kelly of Wenatchee, Karen Stokes and her husband Tony of Manson, Linda Clark and her husband Dave of Chelan, Bruce Wyatt and his wife Mary Dawn of Oroville, Nick Michael and his wife Jody of East Wenatchee, Patricia Maxwell and her husband Pete of Seattle, Joe Michael and his wife Carie of Pennsylvania), 16 grandchildren (Seth, Carly, Reggie, Crystal, Britta, Tyler, Leah, Melissa, Amanda, Kendra, Jennifer, Jessica, Ethan, Wyatt, Kayla and Savannah) and six great grandchildren. All of whom, she greatly enjoyed spending time with and that will greatly miss her.

A Memorial service/Potluck dinner will be held Saturday, January 11 at 11 a.m. at the American Legion hall in Oroville. The family plans to hold private graveside service at a later time.