Michelle Pelletier King, a native of Rhode Island who moved to Florida in 1986, passed away unexpectedly at home in New Smyrna Beach on December 21, 2019 at the age of 67. Michelle touched the hearts of many during her lifetime.
She was born on February 16, 1952 to Leonel and Mildred (Girardi) Pelletier and was one of four children. She had three brothers, Donald, Leonel (Sonny) and Brian. Her father and brothers all served in the U.S. Army and she proudly supported them and their service making her a huge patriot during her lifetime. Michelle was the last member of her immediate family to pass.
Michelle attended and graduated from Tiverton High School in Tiverton, Rhode Island, and later attended the Bristol Community College where she began to study Criminal Justice. She later was hired by a government contractor, and worked at the Newport Naval Base as a computer programmer for the Naval Underwater Systems Center. She decided to make a career change and became a dispatcher for the Barrington Police Department. Eventually she decided to return to the computer field and worked for Sutherland Global Services as Technical Support and finally as a Tier 2 Customer Service provider at Apple, Inc.
Michelle was a huge advocate of education and decided to return to school herself. She graduated from the Warner Southern College in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management and, then in 2002, she graduated from the Webster University with a Master of Arts, School of Business and Technology.
On February 22, 1992, she married the love of her life and true soul mate James E. King. They met while they attended classes at the Saint John’s River Community College in Palatka, Florida. Their love for each other was like no other love that any couple could have. It was truly amazing how compatible they were and there was never a day where they would not take day excursions and enjoy the day together. It was always said that James not only loved Michelle but, he idolized her too.
Michelle always has passion for the theater, cooking, baking and crafts. Her loved for baking and cooking was known by anyone who would attend a family event. Many would describe the amount of food she would make as “tons.” When her brother’s served in Vietnam, she would send them care packages and the packages would be full of home baked goods and snacks they loved. Later in her life when her son David also served in the military she would send boxes of home baked goods for him and his friends to enjoy. She always asked if she could get a tax break for feeding the military. She enjoyed painting ceramics and many of her home decorations were from her hand. She began to get into working with wood cutting out various different decorations that would be used in the yard. Her husband James showed her how to use the different tools in his work shop. To make her working with the various crafts easier, James built an easel where Michelle could place the decorations and paint them with ease. Friends, family and neighbors were in awe of her talents.
Michelle is survived by her husband James, her son David, her daughter Lana, (Lana is David’s wife but Michelle never believed in using the term in-law to describe to others who Lana was), her Granddaughters Sarah and Tayler. She spoke volumes to friends and family about Sarah and Tayler, and Michelle was truly a proud Grandmother. Michelle had a huge extended family too. Her sister Leatha, who is James sister, and Leatha’s husband Charles, James’ brother John and John’s wife Billie , Todd and Yolanda Buckles and their children James, Justin, Hunter and Skylar, and James and Lora Bradley. Michelle had numerous friends throughout her lifetime and touched so many of their hearts.
There will be a ceremony celebrating Michelle and her life on Saturday, December 28th, 2019 at 11 am at the Baldwin Brothers A Funeral Home and Cremation Society: New Smyrna Beach Area Funeral Home, 1 N Causeway, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168. Michelle has requested that in lieu of flowers, for donations to be made to two local area animal shelters.
ARK Saves (Animal Rescue Konsortium, Inc.)
1952 South US Highway 17
Crescent City, FL 32112
Southeast Volusia Humane Society
1200 South Glencoe Road
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168