Mikayla LaMadeleine was born on August 31, 1998 to Paula and David LaMadeleine. She followed her eldest siblings, Miranda, and Devin, and was then followed by Derick. She had many close friends and even a man that was like her brother, Justin Darling, who also passed away at about the same age just a few years ago. Now, they are together exploring the unknown, whatever it may be.
Mikayla acquired a second family working at Lavender Essentials of Vermont for her close friend, Michele Capron, but was better known to them as Scarlette for her choice of red hair color. To be blunt, she never stopped talking about it to the rest of her family. It was genuinely where her heart thrived. Adam Judd (Griz), said she had a "knack for figuring stuff out at the farm." She always helped with the children there and with the animals. He and her other friend, Buffy Lawton, noted a quote from her; "Hurry Buff! There's a chicken in the pig coup! We got to rescue it before the pigs eat it!" And so, they did. A simply and basic analogy that testifies to Mikayla's caring nature for animals.
She always made time after work for fun; kayaking, hiking, and definitely laying in the hammock. She helped them build a fishpond in the spring, and they noted incredible rock stacking skills. She was exceptional at making lavender wands that they all struggled to make. Their motto, "Work hard, play harder!"
She wasn't for sappy talk, she liked to get to the point. We could say there are no words for this or that she was the purest soul, but Mikayla would just roll her eyes and laugh in our faces. Leaving us on August 20th, 2021, at just 22 years old came as a shock to us all and left us wondering exactly what happened and why.
She took chances and always went out on a limb. Even though her decisions were not always advisable, she'd give it a go and take it from there. She was a go-getter and took things as they came, but when things got too overwhelming, she felt like she had to make it stop. She was brave and put up a good front. However, she had to deal with the demons within, as we all do, but some people struggle more than others and cope in their own way.
Many people have stopped in at the family's home, offering support and condolences. Many more have donated via the GoFundMe page, and in cash and check offerings, and we are so deeply grateful for that support that has been given to help finalize Mikayla's eternal resting.
Mikayla leaves behind her parents and siblings, David and Paula LaMadeleine, Miranda, her husband Josh Currier and children; Devin LaMadeleine, his fiancé Kayla West, and children; Samantha Corrow and her son; her brother Derick LaMadeleine; her grandparents Gaetane and Paul Stone Jr., Aline LaMadeleine, and Elaine LaMadeleine; her godfather and uncle, Alvin Stone; her aunt and uncle, Lucy and Steve Dobler, and cousins Emily, Faith, and Hope Dobler; her uncle and aunt, as well as godmother, Lorianne Pion, and cousins Katie, Travis, and Andrew McClure; Her uncle, Adam LaMadeleine and April Lapierre, cousins Braden and Celine; Her uncle and aunt, Danny and Tammy LaMadeleine, and cousins Tyler Norris, Alyssa, and Dani LaMadeleine; her aunt, Nicky LaMadeleine, and cousin Cameron Norris; her other godmother, Elizabeth Parker; her family by heart, MichAele Capron, Adam Judd (Griz), Buffy Lawton; and an abundance of extended family.
Mikayla has joined her brother by heart, Justin Darling; her grandfather Ronald LaMadeleine (TuTu); her great grandparents, Ruth and Paul Stone Sr., and Monique and Felix Roberge.
On the early morning of August 20th, Mikayla took her own life. This brought great pain and sorrow to her family. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness or anything else, there is help that can be accessed; you aren't alone.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line: Text "HELLO" to 741741
The family has decided against a traditional service for her, as Mikayla wouldn't have wanted that. Instead, there will be a celebration of life for her on Saturday August 28, 2021 at The Blue Horizon at Guillette's Shed located at 884 Salem Derby Road, Newport, Vermont, 05855. People may start arriving at 2:00pm and we will take time for people to share their memories of her at 4:00pm. Following that we will have a potluck dinner (So bring something special!). The family welcomes anyone who wishes to pay their respects or offer condolences, or simply wants to celebrate her life with them. You may also post online condolences by visiting awrfh.com.
In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the Lake Region High School Scholarship Fund in Memory of Mikayla LaMadeleine".
"I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy. Because they know what it's like to feel absolutely worthless and they don't want anybody else to feel like that."
Published by Newport Daily Express from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26, 2021.