Michele M. Nee, 59

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Michele M. Nee, 59, of Broadway, died Oct. 22, at Mercy Hospital in Portland.

She was born in Portland April 15, 1956, the youngest of five daughters born to John R. and Alicia J. (Silke) McCarthy.  She was a fun-loving, tender child known for her small size and big spirit. Her kind, outgoing nature allowed her to easily build lifelong friendships.

Nee graduated from South Portland High School with the class of 1974 and earned an associate’s degree in dental hygiene from the University of Maine.

She married Daniel R. Nee Sept. 16, 1978, at St. John’s Church in South Portland, merging two great Irish families into one.

Nee was proud of her Irish heritage. She hosted St. Patrick’s Day parties at her home and fulfilled a lifelong dream when she visited Ireland with her husband and daughter.

She enjoyed annual visits to Samoset Resort and camp at Granny Kent Pond, music and reading mystery novels. In her later years she enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren.

Nee faced decades of illness and declining health with exceptional grace and dignity. She never complained and stayed positive. Her example of personal strength and faith inspired everyone she met.

She was predeceased by her parents; a daughter, Meghan McCarthy Nee; and a sister.

She is survived by her loving husband of 37 years; a daughter, Caitlan Abrahamson and husband, Garrett, of Saco; three sisters, Alicia M. Coyne of Portland, Nancy McCarthy-Marsden of Cape Elizabeth, and Mary-Jo McCarthy Heal of South Portland; two grandchildren, Samuel and Shiloh Abrahamson; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Michele’s personal caregiver, Sally Chikuta.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Oct. 26 Holy Cross Church in South Portland. Private burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery in South Portland.