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Michele Dillehay 'Ma Gna-nadevi Ananda,' Jan. 11 1956 — May 10, 2013

By Glenda Ortega
May 23, 2013 | 8:06 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Michele Dillehay died Friday, May 10, 2013. She was 57.

She was born Jan. 11, 1956, in Oklahoma City in 1956.

She legally changed her name to Ma Gna-nadevi Ananda, which means "Enlightened Healer."

She graduated from Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City and attended Columbia College.

Ms. Dillehay became an avionics technician in the Navy and received a doctorate in naturopathy. She also was certified as a massage therapist.

In 2012, she received her airframe and powerplant license through Metro Technology Centers.

She worked as an avionics technician at Commander Aircraft, Kestrel Aircraft, March Air Force Base and the Air National Guard in Oklahoma City. She also served in Iraq as a civilian aircraft technician during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her last job was at Aircraft Services in Oklahoma City as an aircraft mechanic.

She is survived by her sisters Kaylyn Dillehay Blank and Shaun Dillehay; a brother-in-law Larry Blank; three nieces, Jamie and Danielle Blank and Haley Dillehay Lister; and a nephew, Michael Blank.

Her parents, Gene and Patricia Dillehay, and a sister, Jamie, died earlier.

In lieu of flowers, people may send donations to the National Park Foundation, 1201 Eye St., NW, Suite 550B, Washington, D.C. 20005 or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 424 E. 92nd St, New York, NY 10128-6804.

Memorial services were held May 17 at Guardian Funeral Home in Warr Acres, Okla.

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