Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home

199 Woodford Street, Portland, ME


Katie Milligan Lee

October 24, 1979October 29, 2019

“She may be small, but she is mighty.” 1979 - 2019 Gorham, ME- Bonnie Katherine “Katie” Milligan Lee was courage, strength and beauty wrapped up in one tiny package. She grew up in Gorham, Maine where she later put down permanent roots. She was a daughter, sister, wife, and best friend- but no matter how she came into your life, her magnetic personality would quickly fill your heart. Truth be told, she made quite an impression in her 40 years.

Katie had unmatchable strength and a fiery Irish personality. She never forgot a detail to any story or memory. She was fiercely loyal to her friends and family. These are only a few of the qualities that made her who she was.

She graduated from Gorham High School, class of ‘98 and went on to earn a B.A in Mass Communications from the University of Maine at Orono in 2002. There she was a member of the Phi Mu Sorority. She later went on to work for Idexx Laboratories where she found lifelong connections in her work family. Idexx also provided an opportunity for her to show her passion for animals. She married the love of her life, Chris Lee on October 1st, 2016. As she said in her vows, Chris and Katie shared a lifelong connection and love, not a bass fisherman’s “catch and release.”

Katie grew up dancing with her sister Bess, and never missed an opportunity to be the life of the party. She could be found most days cuddling with her beloved dog Belle and cat Oreo, gardening, sewing, spending time at the beach, and cruising on the pontoon boat on Mooselookmeguntic Lake. Among her talents, she had the ability to create a playlist that could get anyone moving.

Katie passed away peacefully at Brigham Women’s Health in Boston Massachusetts, Tuesday, Oct. 29th 2019, surrounded by her loving family. Katie lived with Cystic Fibrosis and fought it courageously her entire life. She is survived by her husband Chris Lee of Gorham, her parents Jim and Debbie Milligan of Gorham, her sister Bess and brother-in-law Brendan Johnson of Cumberland, her mother-in-law Peggy Lee of Portland, her sister-in -law and brother-in-law Jen and Dave Sumner of Portland, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends she considered family.

Visiting hours will be held from 4-7 pm on Friday, November 8, 2019, at Jones, Rich & Barnes, 199 Woodford St. Portland, where a Celebration of Life will begin at 11 am on Saturday, November 9th.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to: Rangeley World Record Snowmobile Ride- For Cystic Fibrosis, designated for Team McGee. Donations can be made online at http://fightcf.cff.org/rangeley. You may also choose to make donations to the New England Lab Rescue, P.O Box 58, Limerick, Me 04048


  • James Loring Milligan, Father
  • Deborah Ann Milligan, Mother
  • Christopher M. Lee, Husband
  • Bess Johnson, Sister
  • Brendan Johnson, Brother-in-law
  • Peggy Law, Mother-in-law
  • Jen Sumner, Sister-in-law
  • Dave Sumner, Brother-in-law


  • Visiting Hours Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 9, 2019


Katie Milligan Lee

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Jim Clohosey

November 13, 2019

Dear Jimmy & Debbie,

I was very saddened to learn of your lovely Daughter's untimely passing.

Embrace all of your great memories of her.

Kind regards,

Jim Clohosey

Jon Boron

November 3, 2019

Shorty (Katie) had an incredible smile, twinkle in her eye and infectious laugh.

Jean Davis

November 2, 2019

I am extremely sorry to read of Katie’s death. I was thinking of her earlier this week and wondered how she was doing. Katie was a student in my GHS English 9 Advanced class, and she was always a joy to work with. I can picture her reliable smile as if she were my student only yesterday. My thoughts are with Bess, her parents, and her husband.

Wendy Knight

November 2, 2019

I grew up babysitting Katie! I'm so sorry to hear of her passing. She was a courageous beautiful young woman and lived a beautiful life. Condolences to her family.

Michael Tewhey

November 1, 2019

My thoughts, prayers and condolences for you and family. Losing a spouse is the most heartwrenching emotional experience.

Adria Garneau

November 1, 2019

My deepest sympathy,
Adria Garneau

Maegan Laplante

October 31, 2019

To Bess and the entire family, I’m so sorry for your loss. My memories of Katie will always be happy ones. We danced together for years and we had so much fun. She was an amazing woman. Hugs to all❤️

Mary Gideon

October 30, 2019

My beautiful brave cousin. My first weekend in Nursing school I babysat you... and then most weekends until I graduated. You were the sweetest most brave, beautiful girl. There are no words.... 24 th ... remember???❤️❤️❤️❤️