Portland, ME - On December 26, 2018 Raeleen Michaud, loving daughter, mother, sister, partner, and friend is finally free from her pain and passed away peacefully after a long, brave and courageous battle from illness. She was born in Portland on January 22, 1958. She’s the daughter of Phillip Michaud and Shirley and Ray Letarte of Gorham. She graduated from Fermi High School, Enfield Conn. and attended Pierre’s School of Beauty in Portland.
Raeleen always known for her artistic imagination and was the “fashionista” of the family. She was one of eight girls. She was predeceased by sisters Tracy and Rebecca. She is lovingly survived by her mother, Shirley Letarte, a son Colin Shepard, sisters Brenda Lilly and husband Paul, sisters Christine, Shelly and Sue Michaud, twin sister Fayleen Brooks and her husband Robert, step-brothers Ronald and Matthew Letarte, and her long-time loving partner Peter Shepard, children Derrick and Alyssa Shepard, daughter –in law Katie Bolte and grandchildren Austin, Leah, Mya, Derrick, Sara, Olivia, Antonio, and Nicholaswho loved their Raerae very much as well as many wonderful aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins who loved her.
We will cherish Rae’s smile and subtle humor; and the many handmade gifts she made for others using her creative and artistic abilities.
It's the shared moments and simple pleasures that will stay with us forever.
The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Southern Maine Dialysis, New England Rehab, Maine Medical Center, Seaside Rehab Center and Dr. Stuart Abramson; your caring support during our time with you will not soon be forgotten.
Her burial and Celebration of Life will take place this summer.