Deborah's Story

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Deborah Ann Johnston, 62, passed away on July 20th in the arms of her children at the Orono Commons Nursing Home after a courageous five year battle with breast cancer. Deborah was born on April 10th, 1954 to Richard and Joan Gaudet of Old Town, ME as the second daughter of eight children. She was employed by the Milford School department for 29 years, in the capacities of Food Service Director and Summer Recreation Program Director.

Deborah met the love of her life, Alyre Michaud, in 2007, and enjoyed many activities with him, including motorcycling, four-wheeling, and supporting charitable causes. Deborah's life passion was her children and grandchildren; her roles of Mom and "Nana" meant more to her than anything in the world. She twice supported the dual deployments of her son and daughter as members of the Maine Army National Guard, and was a proud military mom. She enjoyed spending time at her daughter's hobby farm in Newburgh, tending to the animals, flowers, and beloved "granddogs."

Deborah was an active member of St. Ann Parish in Bradley, ME, and was also an active supporter of the Knights of Columbus in Old Town, ME. She was a woman full of compassion and grace, known for her supportive text messages and acts of kindness for all loved ones and friends in their times of need.

Deborah was predeceased by her mother, Joan, and her brother, Chris Gaudet of Hudson, ME. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Troy and Jessica Johnston of Bradley, ME, two granddaughters, Kayleigh and Mikayla, her daughter and son-in- law, Amy and Peter Cartmell of Newburgh, ME, her longtime love, Alyre Michaud of Bradley, ME, and five brothers and sisters including Cindy and Terry Gaudet, both of Old Town, ME.

Friends may gather 5-7PM Monday at the Birmingham Funeral Home 438 Main St where a time of memory sharing will begin at 7PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10AM Tuesday at St. Ann's Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Milford Cemetery. All are invited to the Parish hall for a light luncheon and continued fellowship.
Published on  July 22, 2016
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