Michelle Anchustegui was born on December 29, 1972. She unexpectedly passed on September 11, 2021. Michelle was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. She is survived by her husband, Aaron Lowe, her mother, Janice Renee Anchustegui, her two siblings, Tony and Tracey Anchustegui, her five kids; Meliah Anchustegui, Alexander Anchustegui, and Braden Anchustegui, Marie Valerio, Jake Butler, and seven grandkids.
As an infant, she lived in Germany and later in Colorado while her father was in the U.S. Army. She was a vibrant, beautiful young girl and always tried to be neat and clean, and played the saxophone and the french horn. She attended Middleton Elementary, Whitney Elementary, Fairmont Junior High, Capital High, and Boise State University. Michelle participated in marching band, both in high school and college. When she entered the workforce, she was employed at the U.S. Post Office as a mortgage broker and a local business owner at The Triangle Restaurant with her family. Beyond the workforce, Michelle was a vocal advocate and a survivor of domestic violence and donated countless hours and time to The Women's and Children's Alliance in Boise, Idaho.
Michelle loved crafts, and Christmas was her favorite time of year. She also notably supported many events in her community, including but not limited to the schools her children attended. She was a PTO mom and a fantastic cook who loved to cook for anyone and everyone. Food was truly Michelle's love language. She loved pickles and all sorts of weird foods. She once made pheasant, swiss chard, and some alfredo pasta for her family. So, as usual, Aaron, Alex, and Braden each finished the meal first and didn't say anything about how bad the pheasant was and the grass(swiss chard) they had just eaten. Well... Michelle finally started eating her pheasant, and she says it was sour and gross and vowed that she followed...well, most of it. Michelle absolutely hated onions, so instead, she used onion powder, causing the awful and sour taste. The next day she threw it away. It was so gross.
Michelle was, what you could call, a prankster; she was always trying to find a way to scare her immediate family. One time, her children were younger; she, her husband, and the kids were playing Hide and Seek in the Dark. She jumped and yelled with a scary wolf mask and a cape covering her body, making her kids puke and pee because they were so scared.
She was also superb at making desserts. Some of her more famous desserts such as the lemon meringue pie, huckleberry cheesecake, bacon pecan pie, red velvet cake, and many more. One time her boys actually bought two of her pies at an auction because they hardly got dessert. They both paid fifty dollars each.
Michelle LOVED to be involved in her children's school activities and would frequently attend school board meetings. She and Aaron would discuss how to fix the world for her kids and their schools. Michelle never missed an opportunity to support local fundraisers for everything from Football to the Band!! She learned a lot about Football from Alex and Braden!! There was never a dull moment with Michelle.
Michelle was BASQUE, and everyone knew it. Aaron picked up a plaque at the Basque Center in Boise that said, "I am not yelling I'm BASQUE" The cashier asked if it was a gift..." No, it is the truth," was his reply. Michelle had so much more to give, and we had so much more to learn from her!! Her influence is everywhere in this community and her family's hearts. She will be sorely missed!!!
Visitation will be held on Monday, September 20, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett. A Vigil will be held at 9:30 am on Tuesday, September 21st followed by Mass of Christian Burial to be held at 10:00 am, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Emmett. A reception will follow at the Church. Burial will be held at a later date at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise.
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