Marie Eva Jean-Francois (91) passed away on September 13, 2020 with her family by her side in Union, New Jersey.
She was born on June 26, 1929 in Saint Raphael, Haiti to Menelus Jean and Virgina Pierre. When her children reflect on her long life, they remember her days spent in her own general store– there was nothing you could not find ‘lakay Man Midas.’ She was truly a jack-of-all-trades– working as a merchant, seamstress, farmer, baker, babysitter and an occasional substitute teacher. Even when she moved to the United States in her 60s, she quickly learned the lay of the land and became a pillar in the community.
To say that Marie Eva is loved by many is an understatement. She is survived by her five children Dadas (Nadege), Nadia, Castel (Natalie), Anne (Michel), and Vivianne (Edou); her twenty-one grandchildren Charlie, Tracie, Belinda, David, Theonidas (Dad), Daendy, Irdwinda, Dadline, Ignace Jr., Sashay, Geraldine, Steven, Andrea, Brian, Patrick, Jurcic, Castel, Caslie, Michelle, Carlie, Eva; her nieces and nephews Francesca, Carlos, Jimmy, Junior, Dave, Marc (Boulou), Bobby, Wildy (Ti Fre) , Elvie, Rolande, Marie Paule, Harry, Dudley and her assumed children/grandchildren Zoune, Yves, Kobie, and Ayanna along with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren as well.
She is, however, joining her husband, Midas, her son, Ignace, son-in-law, Danny and her siblings Pradel, Marie Lucie, Marie Aline, Marie Therese and her beloved uncle Adrian Pierre (Parrain Adou) and many more in heaven.
To know Marie Eva, or “Grandma” to so many, is to know her strength and forceful love of our Lord Jesus Christ. She spent an innumerable amount of hours praying the rosary to her beloved Mary, Mother of God, even making rosaries for her church communities in New Jersey and Haiti. As a mother she will always be remembered for her unconditional love and commitment to her children. She never stopped praying, supporting, and encouraging her babies. As a grandmother she will remain a pillar of strength, guidance, and inspiration for her grand and great-grandchildren — her love of family will be passed on forever. As a parishioner and church leader she will be remembered by many for her powerful singing voice, vigorous prayer, and her fervent dedication to the Lord.
“Marie,” “Eva,” “Man Midas,” “Man Machal,” “Zotobre,” “Bouboute,” “Ma Tante Eva,” “Grandma” or anything else you know her as will be deeply missed but we should all be comforted in knowing that she is at peace now with the Lord.