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Colleen Marie (Douglass) Michaud

March 22, 1928 ~ October 16, 2017 (age 89)

Burke, VT:  Colleen (Douglass) Michaud, 89, died in the early morning on October 16, 2017 at The Pines Health & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on March 22, 1928 in Ferrisburgh, VT the daughter of Richard C. and Grace (Bushey) Douglass.

Colleen was a graduate of Vergennes High School with the class of 1946 and took employment in Burlington at the Hotel Vermont where she met her future husband - a WWII veteran on the GI Bill college student. In 1948 she married Robert B. Michaud, a native of Burlington and five children were born to their marriage.

Colleen was a loving wife and mother. She was a homemaker and while raising her family she cared for her husband’s late aunt and his late mother who was an invalid for many years. Being homebound caring for the young and old, she enjoyed babysitting her grandson and many other children. The birthday parties and macaroni and cheese lunches are fond memories of these adults today.

Colleen had many talents. She was a self-taught master seamstress tailoring wedding gowns and prom dresses. Due to illness, she sadly had to curtail garment construction and reduce her sewing to repair work for her extensive and persistent but appreciative clientele.

Colleen is survived by her husband Robert and children: 2 daughters: Jean Michaud of Arlington, VA; and Anna Cowen and husband, Fred, with grandsons Jonathan and wife, Emilie, and Thomas of Natick, MA; and 3 sons: Michael and wife, Lois (King), of Burke, VT, with grandson David and wife, Shona (Galloway), of Minot, ME; Paul and wife, Marilyn (Mezaros), of Somerville, NJ; and Peter and wife, Paula (Knowles), with grandson, Samuel, and granddaughter, Renee, of Cochrane, Alberta Canada.

Colleen is also survived by a sister: Jean Dastalto of Winooski, VT; and brothers: Benjamin and wife, Beverly, of Standish, ME; and Wilfred and wife, Theresa, of Richford, VT. Colleen was pre-deceased by her parents, Richard C. and Grace Douglass, and an older brother, Amand.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.  There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to: H.O.P.E. 101 Depot Street Lyndonville, VT 05851 or East Burke Volunteer Fire Brigade, P.O. Box 36, East Burke, VT 05832. 

Memories and condolences may be shared at www.saylesfh.com.


Charitable donations may be made to:

H.O.P.E
136 Church Street, Lyndonville VT 05851

East Burke Volunteer Fire Brigade
PO Box 36, East Burke VT 05832



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