Michaella Margret “Meme” Hanifan, 18, of Todd, formerly of Carteret County, died in an automobile accident in Napa, Calif., Sunday, June 23, 2019.

A celebration of life is scheduled for 2 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Twickenham house on Jefferson Hollow Road in Jefferson.

Michaella was born in Morristown, N.J., Nov. 4, 2000. She attended primary school at Gramercy Christian School, as well as being home-schooled. She finished the last three months of high school at Croatan High School in June.

Michaella’s life motto was, “When you can’t find the sunshine be the sunshine.”

For those who knew Michaella knew her joy. Her joy was 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, which was infectious, drew children like a magnet. She knew no stranger.

Michaella is survived by her parents, Jerry and Jennie, and their children, Finnuala, Treas and Cian, all of Todd.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Iris African orphanages through Appalachian House of Prayer. Please make checks to APPHOP/Appalachian House of Prayer/Michaella, P.O. Box 2227, Boone, NC 28607. Condolences can be sent to ghanifan1@gmail.com.

The family handled the arrangements.

(Paid obituary)

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