Michelle Ann Parten, age 24, of Dallas, Texas passed away Thursday, October 18, 2018 after a hard-fought battle with a rare form of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Michelle was born in Odessa, Texas on May 30, 1994 to Kit and Penny Parten.
Michelle graduated from Midland High School in 2012. After high school she attended Texas Christian University where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Electrical Engineering. She was a past president of the TCU chapter of the Society of Woman Engineers and continued to be a member after beginning her career at Texas Instruments. She also mentored young women who were interested in pursuing STEM careers and volunteered as a mentor to the J.J. Pearce High School robotics team.
Michelle is survived by her spouse, James Benton, her parents, Kit and Penny Parten, her brother, Christopher Parten, her grandparents, Robert and Carol Parten, her aunt, Elizabeth Elizandro and her uncles, Neal Sparks, Glen Seal and Howard Parten.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Rachel and Wilma Seal.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM, Friday, October 26, 2018 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Odessa, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to https://rutledgefoundation.org, a wonderful charity who provides much needed support to young adult cancer patients and their families.
Arrangements are entrusted to Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home. To send family condolences please sign her guestbook at www.sunsetodessa.com.
Michelle shined light everywhere she went! She was such a bright woman, kind, passionate about the projects he worked on. While I did not work closely with her, I would walk in the lab sometimes when she was working there, and I also know how high everyone who did work closely with her thought of her. She always showed such dedication and work ethic! She will be greatly missed. While I know there are no words that can comfort her family, I would like them to rest assured she (and her beautiful smile!) will never be forgotten here in DLP. Keeping you in my prayers...
Michelle GSADallas, TX
Chris and Mr. and Mrs. Parten
I was so sad to hear about Michelle . I remember how much she loved Chris and would pick him up by my classroom after school, always checking to see that he had everything he needed to take home. She was a great big sister. I hope
you are doing well despite this terrible loss.
Barbara Young (Chris' Second Grade Teacher at Emerson)
Barbara YoungMidland, TX
Michelle touched many lives with her intelligence, compassion, and love for others. Her gifts to us will see us through.
Mary DowdleMidland, TX
We are sorry for your loss. Our hearts are with you.
Bobby & Kaye ShieldsAustin, TX
It is deeply saddening and my sincere heartfelt condolences to everyone in the family. In my limited interactions, I was so impressed of Michelle as an individual and her engineering talent. She had a contagious smile. Michelle will be dearly missed in DLP.
Balaji SrinivasanAllen, TX
Michelle was an amazing and talented engineer. We will deeply miss her. I was fortunate to get to know Michelle here at work. Kit and Penny you raised a wonderful daughter. She impacted so many people and lives in such a positive light. A true blessing from god. My sincere condolences to the family.
Please accept my heartfelt condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Michelle was a wonderful person and a great addition to the Texas Instruments team. She will be dearly missed.
Seema DeshpandeDallas, TX
We are so very privileged to have known and worked with Michelle. So very talented with immense potential who also made many contributions in such a short time. Our most sincere condolences to her late husband and family.
Melissa LopezSt Paul, TX
Please accept my sincere sympathy in the loss of your loved one.
At a sad time as this, the Bible gives us comfort at Revelation 21:3,4 where God promises to eliminate sickness, sorrow and death. What a wonderful time when we no longer have to face these enemies.
I hope this scripture gives you some consolation.
I am blessed to have worked with Michelle and to be her friend. She was always caring and quick to share a smile! We are praying for Michelle, her family and her husband.
David DudaskoIrving, TX
As a coworker of Michelle’s, it deeply saddens me to learn of her passing. The world has lost a bright soul with so much potential. She will be sorely missed. My sincere condolences go to Michelle’s family.
Mike BallattiLucas, TX
Michelle is a beautiful person inside and out. When she was in Taiwan last March, she faced lots of work pressure but she kept her cool and was able to handle situations with grace and control and came back with successful outcome. I am so glad I got a chance to work with her. She is a wonderful person and she will be dearly missed.
Lani BlackallPlano, TX
I was very fortunate to have worked with Michelle. She displayed a noble, selfless, and kind-spirited character. She was truly a blessing to all those around her. My prayers go out for her family and husband during this time of loss.
Grant FordFlower Mound, TX
Our Sincere Condolences to the family for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with ya'll during this time for comfort and peace.
Andrew and Brenda HeckmanCedar Creek, TX
So sorry.....a beautiful young lady. Much love and prayers from Jazmine and I.
Jessie BambergerJetmore, KS
I'm so glad I got the chance to work with Michelle, at least for a little while. She was a remarkable person and we will miss her.
Paul BarkerAllen, TX
Please accept my sincere condolences. Michelle was a wonderful and kind person. It was a pleasure to work with her and enriched our lives by doing so. She will be greatly missed.
Thomas C. CarringtonPlano, TX
I’m so sorry to hear about Michelle ... what a beautiful girl ... will be praying for God’s comfort during this terribly hard time Love & prayers Robin and Tommy
Robin ParsleyPampa, TX
We miss you, but we will never forget you.
Neal and Robbie SparksPampa, TX
Our prayers are with you and your family! May God and His Angels wrap their loving arms/wings around you and provide you comfort. God Bless you all.
Patti & Brent CollinsOdessa, TX
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I pray that when the sun shines you feel her sweet embrace from Heaven upon you. We love y’all!
Andrew & Brandi McCabe & FamilyWall, TX