Michelle Leann Hendrix, cardiovascular perfusionist and selfless humanitarian, died March 26 in Huffman, Texas at Memorial Hermann. She was 40.
Michelle Hendrix was born in Spokane, Washington on June 9, 1982, the second child of Jean Bassett.
As long as you didn’t mess with family, you had the privilege of calling her “Shell Bell”.
She was the energizer battery with a heart of gold. She may have been little, but don’t mess with her sisters or you will have to deal with her.
Her mother, Jean Bassett, said the happiest day of Michelle’s life was when she graduated high school with honors after several difficult years. Then, Michelle would go on to become a sought-after perfusionist with many operating-room stories.
Michelle was a talker. Once Shell Bell started on a story, it never ended. She’d just keep talking for hours.
nurse:le frequently talked about returning to school to become an anesthesiologist or nurse; unfortunately, that dream was cut short.
Frequently noted as generous to a fault, Michelle opened up her home and life to human and animal alike.
She was always bringing home strays; she wanted to own a property where she could have an animal rescue. She never had a dog in the house because animals brought her comfort.
Michelle was a centerpiece for the entire family: she rescued Katrina from many situations; she was the only one who could get Nikki to laugh; she never stopped bragging about Katie’s accomplishments; and all the kids flocked to her.
This free spirit lived life her way and enjoyed its many chills and thrills. Michelle loved Halloween and viewing Christmas lights, but she also loved 4-wheeling, jet skiing, and bonfires with friends and family.
Michelle Hendrix is preceded by her grandfathers, Pierrie Dimico and Duane McAllister. She is survived by her grandmother, Rose Dimico; her mother, Jean Bassett; stepfather, William Bassett; her sisters, Katrina Hendrix, Nikki Selke, and Katie Mercer; and her stepsiblings, Brandy Natale and Andy Bassett.
No funeral arrangements will be held. A GoFundMe has been set up to help cover cremation costs and medical expenses, viewable at: