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ST. ALBANS — Charlene Alace Shadle Draper born in Yuma, Ariz. on Aug. 1, 1957, to the late Alace Buck and Charles William Shadle passed away peacefully with her children surrounding her with love on June 7, 2016, at the Villa Rehab.

Charlene fought a long hard battle with her diabetes, but she always conquered most.

Charlene spent her days doing homecare for her mother-in-law for several years. Then she was a dietary aid at Redstone Villa and prep cook at Nana’s, Whistler’s and Louie’s Restaurants in St. Albans. For the last eight years, she was a caretaker for her two grandbabies, Jared and Kaleb and two other special children, Wyatt and Lei.

She enjoyed traveling to see family and taking her cat ‘Little Bit’ with her along with several camping trips with her husband, children and grandchildren to New Hampshire and New York. She also had several special trips with her grandson, Dalton, and Jared, to Alabama and Georgia. Charlene enjoyed playing Yahtzee ‘Handfoot’, Domino’s and bingo with her bestie, Theresa and Kay.

Survivors include her children; Elliemae Mitchell and her partner, Allyn Bachelder, Michael Bailey, Charles Bailey and his wife, Emily, Rita Draper and her spouse, Sue (Longway), Sheila Wiegand and her husband, Gerald, Mary Blackert and her husband, Gary, and Julie Gardner and her husband, Michael. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brothers, Charles Shadle and his partner, Alvin Marshall and his wife, Chris; special nephew, Ronald Rappold, many nieces, nephews, adopted children and special son-in-law, Kevin Mitchell.

In addition to her parents, Charlene was also predeceased by her husband, Frederick ‘Short’ Draper, Jr.; her siblings, Arthur Marshall, Almaron Rappold; nephew, Michael Rappold; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Viola and Fred Draper and brothers-in-law, George, Donald and Ronald Draper.

‘My dear sweet heavenly Father, I come to you today with faith and hope. I ask you to send an angle mama’s way. I know her time is near and soon you’ll take her home, to stroll a cross the streets of gold where other angels roam. It’s hard to watch her suffer and slowly fade away, help me God to understand, give me strength I pray. She means so much to all of us, forgive me for my fears. Life will never be the same without her presence here. My mother is my angel; she taught me how to love and told me about you, Lord and heaven up above. When she crosses over and steps into the light, tell her that I love her and when the time is right meet me at the pearly gates, where everything’s brand new. We’ll walk across God’s meadowlands, where skies are always blue, somewhere beyond the sunset every now and then. I pray she watches over me until we meet again!’

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Charlene’s name may be made to The Villa Rehab, 7 Forest Hill Drive, St. Albans, VT 05478 or to her family, c/o Elliemae Mitchell, 13 Ewell Court, St. Albans, VT 05478.

Assisting Charlene’s family is the Heald Funeral Home, where messages of condolence are welcome at