June 4, 1977 – Oct. 3, 2017

A Mass of Christian Burial for Shana Suzanne Michiels will be Monday, Oct. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Church, Alexandria, with the Rev. Chad Partain officiating. Burial will follow at Alexandria Memorial Gardens under the direction of John Kramer & Son Funeral Home. Visitation will be at the funeral home Sunday, Oct. 8 from 4-8 p.m. and will resume Monday from 8:30-10 a.m. A recitation of the Holy Rosary will be in the Kramer Chapel Sunday at 6 p.m.

Shana was born June 4, 1977, in Alexandria and was a resident of Humble, Texas, where she worked as a Certified Public Accountant in the firm of BDO, LLP. She attended St. Frances Cabrini School and graduated from Natchitoches Central High School and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Shana lived with a spirit of giving and of joy. She was a fan of the Kingwood wrestling team, the Houston Astros, the New Orleans Saints and several Christian singers including Lauren Daigle. She loved the outdoors, her pets, and most of all, her family. Her engagement and approaching marriage brought much joy to her life. Shana died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Humble.

She was preceded in death by her beloved son, B.J. Baham Jr., who died seven months ago while a senior in high school; her maternal grandparents, Fabian and Myrthlee Vanhoof; her paternal grandparents, James B. and Marie Michiels, and her nephew, Logan Schmidt.

She is survived by her fiancé, Peyton Gwinn of Hattiesburg, Miss., and his parents, Ronnie and Becky Gwinn of Natchitoches; her mother, Carol (Richard) Wester of Natchitoches; her father, Raymond (Ellen) Michiels of Alexandria; brothers, Ben Michiels of Bossier City, Jeremy Michiels of Dallas, Lt. Col. Daniel (Rachel) Wester of Rapid City, S.D.; sister, Haley (Luke) Schmidt of Cherryville, N.C.; nieces and nephews, Olivia Michiels, Jackson Michiels, Scarlet Wester, and Liam and Cora Schmidt; along with her many cousins, aunts and uncles.

Pallbearers honored to serve are Jeremy, Ben and Robbie Michiels, Paul and Ronnie Gwinn and Heath Belgard.

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