Deceased Information


    Michelle Lewis

  • AGE



    Thursday, November 03, 2022 (After Sunset)


    Monday, November 07, 2022


    12:00 PM




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    Shiva will be at the Lewis residence on Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m. Visitation will be Monday 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., Tuesday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Wednesday 11 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.



    Michelle Eva Garber Lewis passed away at home on November 3rd after a long and valiant fight with Leiomyosarcoma (LMS) cancer.

    She is survived by her husband Craig Lewis, sons Sean and Matthew, sister Marsha Epstein along with many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and brothers and sisters-in-law.

    Michelle was predeceased by parents Sam and Esther Garber, siblings Yvette Shure, Sharon Halpern, and Stanley Garber.

    Michelle was born and raised in Atlanta and attended the Hebrew Academy and then the University of Georgia where she met Craig, her husband of 30+ years.  After five years of marriage, Michelle and Craig created the Atlanta Pet Resort from a little plot of land in Marietta, which they owned, operated, and loved for 25 years and sold in 2021. 

    Her proudest accomplishment was with her husband raising their two strong, caring, and amazing boys.

    Michelle was the glue that kept and brought their family together from around the world. Her house was always open. “Michelle radiated positivity.” She had friends from all walks and stages of her life. From her American Class in Israel to the Mommies group, the Matthew’s mom group, the Sexy Six, and high school and college friends. Michelle never met a stranger and would make friends at the drop of a hat.

    Michelle will be missed by those near and far for her “Sunshine,” and her fiery, intense, loving, caring and open heart.

    Our world has dimmed since you left us, but I know your family will shine so much brighter now that you are with them.

    Many thanks to her dear friends for the continued support of her family. Many thanks to Wellstar Hospice for their care of Michelle on this last leg of her journey.

    The funeral will be Monday at 12:00 noon at Crestlawn Cemetery with Zoom available on the Dressler’s website. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to or

    Shiva will be at the Lewis residence on Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m. Address to be provided at the service.

    Visitation will be Monday 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., Tuesday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Wednesday 11 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  

    Arrangements by Dressler’s, 770-451-4999.

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  • Andrew B. Adler

    On behalf of the entire Adler Family, may Michelle's memories be a blessing to all her friends and loved ones. Those who knew her the most will always remember her friendship and her tenacity for life. She is and will always be greatly missed.

  • Shelly McCosh

    I was out of the country last week, so I was very saddened to return and hear that Michelle lost her long fought battle! She was such a bright energetic light, and always had a kind and friendly word to everyone she encountered. She will be missed. May your sweet memories of her sustain you as you keep her forever close to your hearts. So very sorry for your loss.

  • Rose Anne schulman

    So sorry to hear! May her memory be for a blessing!

  • Sharon Ezell

    Sean and Matthew, I'm forever grateful that you guys chose to participate in the Walker plays and musicals because those provided me with the privilege of knowing your mom. She was a force of nature and every interaction with her left me smiling. She fought and loved fiercely. Condolences to you and to your dad on your tremendous loss.

  • Cheryl Duron

    Craig my thoughts and prayers are with you and your sons? sending heartfelt condolences.


    Craig, so sorry for your loss brother. Thoughts and prayers for you and the boys. Her memory is a blessing to us all.

  • David and Suzanne Buckholtz and Family

    Craig, Sean, Matthew, Marsha - Suzanne and I are thinking of you and everyone in Atlanta today. She was the best - a Limited Edition Garber. I have so many great memories of my college time in Atlanta and our visits since. Our sincere condolences and she will be dearly missed.

  • Marilyn Goodrich

    Michelle worked very hard with other Psi chapter alumnae to support the chapter, which she cherished along with the members. She was someone who reached out to others of all ages in supporting groups to which she belonged.

  • Brian & Carrie Wysocki and family

    Our hearts are deeply saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sending love & hugs your way.

  • Stacy Ward

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Craig and your family. Please know you have people that will support you through this process. I pray for peace and comfort.

  • Ryan Buckholtz and Diana Micutuan

    Craig, Sean, Matthew, Marsha, and Family/Friends, sorry to hear about Michelle's passing. She had such a warm smile and laugh and I have many fond memories of our time spent time together at family gatherings. Sending you all our love.

  • Nancy Light Dickinson

    Marsha, I I am So sorry to hear about Michelle. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and Michelle’s family. All my love

  • Laura Bidlack

    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your mom as a giving , caring, dog-loving woman of substance. I will keep her in my prayers. Find those amazing memories and hold them close to your heart.

  • Sandra Seplow Ginsberg

    Thinking of my dear cousins and all the fun we had at Esther and Sams home warm and full of laughter luv to you Craig and dear Marsha and the children.... Michelle is always radiating light and sunshine to us all ....

  • Judy Levine and Stuart Farber

    Craig, we always got a big positive smile and welcome from Michelle when we brought our pups for so many years to Atlanta Pet Resort. She was always so professional and kind. Our sincere condolences to you and your family.

  • Janet Rosenfield

    We are saddened by Michelle’s passing. We wish Craig, Sean, Matthew, Marsha, the family and treasured friends much love, healing, strength, and comfort at this time. May Michelle’s Memory continue to be the inspiration and flame that so inspired others. ????? ???? ???? ???? ??? ???? ???? ???????? ??? ?????? ????? ???


    I am so sorry for your loss. I so enjoyed working with Michelle when she volunteered at Epstein. She was a caring, funny and wonderful volunteer and human being. Sending condolences and best wishes to all her family and friends. May her memory be a blessing. Laura Blaskett The Epstein School

  • Rachel Waters

    This news is devastating. Not just because a beautiful, loving woman has passed far too early but because that woman was an outlier in this crazy world. She was a beam of light when things felt dark. She was a motherly guide when I felt lost. She was a mentor to me in a way that I have not found again in the world. She was a comedian and even when she didn’t know she was being one. She used to call me a ray of sunshine but the truth is she was that to me. If everyone in this world could just share a few of Michelle’s traits, we would be in a much better place. A decade ago when I worked her she and Craig she would tell me she just wanted to make an impact on the Atlanta Pet Resort employees. I hope she knew she did. Not just to me but to all of us. That was her most magical gift. She made everyone she came into contact with feel special and loved. You will be beyond missed, Michelle. Craig, I am thinking about you and the boys. If there is anything at all I can do to help during these unimaginable days of pain and processing, please let me know.

  • Janet Light Brooks

    My heart is heavy. I have known Michelle all of her life. I pray for G-d to comfort Marsha, Craig and her boys. She was a wonderful person. May her Memory be for a Blessing. Janet

  • Michelle Easton and Mark Williams

    Matthew and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. May her memory be a blessing. Michelle was literally the very first person I met when my son, Sam, and I were touring The Walker School. Who would’ve thought that he first person would be another jewish mom that knew my husband as a teenager? Our paths were obviously meant to cross. Michelle was always quick with a smile or a laugh and always had time to say hello and will he remembered for that kindness. May G-d comfort you all as you mourn.

  • Howard and Eileen Buckholtz

    Dear Craig, Sean, Mathew, and Marsha. We send our deepest sympathy on the loss of our courageous Michelle. She has been an inspiration to Howard and me, sharing her experience and offering advice. She will live in all our hearts forever. Sending hugs and prayers to all of you.

  • Marcia Baumrind

    Marsha and family, We're so shocked to hear about Michelle's passing. I would see her at Wrights in Dunwoody and we would catch up with each other. We're so sad and miss the good ole days with the Garber family. Offering sincere condolences to everyone. Love, Marcia and Emil

  • Craig , Sean and Matthew

    I am so glad I was able to spend time with Michelle a few weeks ago. I will cherish that time. She was the strongest woman I know with a love for her family that was like sunshine. Craig , you were her rock and the most loving husband and caretaker. My heart goes out to you that you will find peace knowing that she is no longer suffering and always present in our hearts. With love , Yvonne and family

  • The Rogerson Family

    Dear Craig, Sean and Matthew, We are so sorry for your loss! Michelle was an amazing person to know over the last few years. Her smile and energy was contagious. You all are in our thoughts and prayers! -Donald, Courtney, Peyton and of course Maverick Rogerson.

  • The Engbergs

    Dear Craig, Sean and Matthew: We are so very sorry and thinking of you. Kaj, Tina, Finn and Soren

  • Tracy Dankberg

    Dear Craig, Sean and Matthew, I am so sorry for your loss. While I did not know Michelle well, all of my encounters with her were very positive. She was such an energetic person who brought positive energy wherever she was. May her memory be a blessing.

  • Vicki & Levent Cimkentli

    Our deepest condolences on the loss of Michelle. Our thoughts are with all her family members and friends at this very difficult time. May you find peace.

  • Lisa Goldstein & Family

    Dear Craig, Mathew & Sean We are thinking of all of you during this most difficult time. So glad we had the opportunity to meet Michelle. I will miss Michelle’s laugh and wicked sense of humor. I will be out of town Monday and am so sorry to miss the service. Hugs, Lisa, Al, and Max

  • jan kinsler and Jack kinsler

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Michelle was such a wonderful person ..She and my Julie have been friends since pre-k at Epstein school. And of course her Pet Resort was great for our dogs..Michelle you will be missed!

  • Stefani Faer

    Craig , Sean and Matthew - love y’all and we are so sorry for your loss. Michelle was one of a kind and will be truly missed xoxox Stefani, Craig Hannah and Emily Faer

  • Judy Levine Soble

    I am heartbroken to hear the news. Michelle was one of a kind and I mean that in the best way possible. I loved her from the first time I met her when she came up for Street Dance my freshman year while she was a senior year in High School. She will be missed by so many. Unfortunately we are out of town for the funeral so I will not be there, but did want to let Craig know that I am sending my love and will reach out to you once we are back.

  • Jody Diamond

    I am going to miss you forever and ever.

  • Connie Jacobs

    Craig, Marsha, and family, so sorry to hear about Michelle. She was a beautiful person inside and out. I remember when she was born. May G-d be with you at this time, and may she be a blessing in the book of life.