Cherry Blossoms

Michelle Lee Prior

August 15, 1969 ~ April 30, 2020 (age 50)


As a result of current restrictions on gatherings, we are providing HeartStrings, our online sympathy message where you can upload a photo and write a note or share a memory that will be printed and given to the family. Please click here to send your support.

Michelle Prior, age 50 of Newport, died unexpectedly on April 30, 2020 due to complications from diabetes.

Michelle Lee Prior was born August 15, 1969 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Robert and Marie (Franks) Prior.  She grew up in Cottage Grove and graduated from Park High School in 1988.  Michelle loved children and took a position at Children’s World where she served as a classroom teacher and assistant director until 2003.  She was also employed at Blue Cross for a few years.  Most recently Michelle worked at HyVee as a cashier.

Michelle was an avid reader of a variety of genres, but especially loved reading Stephen King and Anne McCaffrey books.  She enjoyed crafts and exploring her ancestry.  She will be remembered for her beautiful voice and her care for her beloved dachshund, Zoey.

Survived by daughter Elizabeth Porcello; granddaughter Alita; parents Robert and Marie; sisters Barbara (Rich) DeMars, Sue (Kurt) Schwedler, Julie (Dan Danielson) Naylor as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Services will be planned at a later date.

To protect the health and safety of all, services are currently being limited as required by state and local authorities and the CDC. Expressions of sympathy during this time can be left on the condolences page available on the obituary portion on our website. We also encourage you to view the video tribute or complete the HeartStrings online sympathy page with the link above. Check the funeral home website for the latest COVID-19 update or updates to the service schedule.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Michelle Lee Prior, please visit our floral store.


You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or by planting a memorial tree in the memory of Michelle Lee Prior
© 2020 Kok Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA