The Women in Business Regional Network is mourning the passing of foundation member Michelle Lihou who died on April 5 after a courageous battle against cancer over almost 18 months.
For more than a year she continued to receive fortnightly treatment at Flinders Medical Centre, plus several major surgeries, all the while continuing to run the business she founded, Goolwa Conveyancing, with the support of her staff.
Last April Michelle was named as a national finalist in the PEXA PropertyX awards for her innovation in embracing online technology for conveyancing and her commitment to assisting others in her industry to adapt to the changes.
She was considered a pioneer in the SA conveyancing industry being the first in the state to utilise the online technology offered through PEXA. In 2018 she was acknowledged as a “super user” for PEXA.
Friend and network founder Carolyn Jeffrey said Michelle had been looking forward to returning to her business on a day-to-day basis in 2020 as she celebrated being “cancer free” when news of a secondary cancer outbreak was discovered.
Michelle founded Goolwa Conveyancing just over 20 years ago and grew the business to the point where it was employing four people.
As well as her commitment to assisting others in the conveyancing industry, Michelle was also committed to her local Goolwa community, including being an active member of the Rotary Club of Goolwa.
Michelle is survived by her parents Leonie and Bill Longworth and her two adult children Rebecca and Mathew Cutting.
The family have announced that, due to COVID-19, a memorial service will be held for Michelle at a later date.