“Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promise to her.”
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~ Luke 1:45
Our beloved mother, Marie L. Louis, gained her heavenly wings on Friday, January 24, 2020, at 7:45 a.m. She passed away of an unexpected heart attack at Northwest Medical Center in Margate, Florida. Marie was born on Sunday, May 3, 1953, in Camp Marie, Haiti.
She was the second youngest of nine children; the daughter of the late Egliana and Altidor Altiné. She went on to be with the Lord knowing that she was loved. While in Haiti, Marie married Vitay D. Louis and had five children, Edith, Golene, Emmanuel, Diana, and Venise. She loved her family profoundly. Marie was a family woman whose purpose in life was to make sure she provided her kids with the best possible life. She was a devoted wife, daughter, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and friend.
In 1982, at the age of 29, Marie left Haiti and migrated to Miami to join her husband. Two years later, she gave birth to her sixth child, Roseline. Marie enjoyed cooking, helping others, and shopping. She attended Miami Jackson Sr. High Adult Education Night School Program in her late 30’s and worked as a HHA for about 10 years.
Knowing that God is our Heavenly Father makes it easier to release control of our lives to Him. Anyone who knew Marie, knew that her faith in God is what kept her going. She would attend church services at least five days a week, two services on Sunday, home prayer services on Tuesday, bible study on Wednesday, Friday night service, and prayer and fasting service on Saturday morning. Several weeks leading to her death, and on the morning of her passing, Marie kept singing the creole hymn, “Konfie’m nan Dieu”, meaning trust in the Lord. Having faith in God means having faith in His plan, timing and reasons, even if it’s not clear to us. That was her way of telling us to trust God, for only He will give us the peace to surpass all understanding.
It’s a known fact that everyone who met you wanted to know more about you. Those who knew you, knew your beautiful soul, your selfless love, and mercy. We will remember you because of who you were and what you meant to us. The world will remember you through the many people still left behind whose lives you touched so positively. Your time on this earth may be over, but understand that you leave an amazing legacy
behind. Six beautiful, handsome, and brilliant children; we are your legacy! Through each and everyone of us a piece of you still lives, and for that, you have to be very proud.
Marie is joined in heaven by her mother, Egliana; her father, Altidor; her brothers, Gelice, LeGrande, Gerard, Antoine, Jean Claude, and Altinè; sister, Irana; and grandson, Jace Avery.
She is survived by: her husband, Vitay Louis; brother, Michaud Altiné; nieces, Rosena Altiné and Linda Altiné; nephew, Moncleste Altiné; six children, Edith Louis, Golene and Jeff (son-in-law) Gordon, Emmanuel Louis, Diana Louis, Venise and Stafford (son-in-law) Thomas, and Roseline and Arrington (son-in-law) Watkins; twelve grandchildren, Deddie, Magda, Shamarnia, and Shaun-Micah Dorcilorme, Ermisha, Joshua, and Angelina Louis, Nevaeh Battin, Jazmere, and Jireh Thomas, and Kameron and Kayleigh Watkins; her extended family, Dieufait Louis and family and Olgar Exilus and family; and a host of other family, friends, and loved ones.
Marie Lucile Louis, your wings were ready, but our hearts were not. We will miss you, we will honor you, but most importantly, we will always remember you with respect, admiration, and love.