Lydie Jean-Pierre Tribute

Lydie Jean-Pierre

I'm Free
Author: Unknown

Don't grieve for me for now I'm free.

I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard him call.
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day,

To laugh, to love, to work, or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I've found that peace at the close of day.

If my parting has left a void,

Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow:

I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full I've savored much,
Good times, good friends, a loved one's touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,

Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, he set me free.
In Loving Memory of
A Devoted Mother,
A Loving Grandmother,
A Strong Great-Grandmother,
A Supportive Sister and
A Devout Christian.

Lydie Jean-Pierre was born on September 3, 1931 in Cap Haitian, Haiti to Carmen Narcisse and Louis Narcisse. She had five sisters, Madelain, Simone, Gisette, Vasty, Marie and one brother Prony. She received her high school diploma in Cap Haitian, and lived there until 1965 when she moved to Brooklyn, New York with her husband Gerard Jean-Pierre and their seven children at the time; they would later have three more children.

Lydie was married to her true love Gerard Jean-Pierre in Cap Haitian in 1952. Together they parented four daughters; Betty, Nadia, Cynthia, Collette and six sons; Harold, Gerald, Joseph, Ronald, Rodney and Leslie. She was a very devoted wife and attentive mother. Her youngest daughter Collette was born with heart difficulties and spent a lot of time in the hospital, which inspired Lydie to attain her Nurse’s Aide Certification in 1976. After she became a widow in 1978 she dedicated even more time towards her family. She stayed strong for all her children, yet shortly after the passing of her husband she met another tragedy with the lost of her youngest daughter. She used the two main tragedies in her life to instill in her kids the ability to overcome adversity and not taking anything for granted while pursuing a better understanding of God and a good education.

She loved her children and her children’s children so much that she often made it her duty to spend time with/babysit her grandchildren whenever the need aroused. Even after she raised all nine remaining children, Lydie would always put in months in assisting with cooking, cleaning and taking care of the majority of her grand children. She always thought of her children and her grand children first. She brought motherhood to the next level in her altruistic acts of being there for her kids.

Lydie went to work in the hospitality industry but she was an excellent seamstress by nature. However, her biggest asset was her ability to give of herself unconditionally and volunteer at her church whenever she was needed. She was a great cook and her kids loved her Haitian dishes. It was no wonder that she and her husband operated their own Haitian Restaurant for awhile. Her children were not the only one who enjoyed her good cooking. She would often volunteer to cook for church functions. Like any mother with a large family, she really enjoyed sharing her dishes with her congregation, and they enjoyed her dishes immensely.

Lydie was a woman of many trades and talents. She was a great seamstress and would often sew dresses and outfits for her children and others. She was so good at it that people would not be able to tell the difference from store bought outfits and her designs. She would spend countless hours sewing outfits for her kids and grand children and still find time to go to work, cook and clean after her children and well as be supportive for her kids in school. Lydie also believed in giving back to the community. She often volunteered her time and service to those in need, in the community and church.

Lydie Jean-Pierre was truly blessed. She shared her blessings everyday with her family, friends and even strangers that she would meet by exhibiting a positive attitude as part of her daily way of life. She was a perfect example of how to live a righteous life without prejudice, judgment, contempt of others, but with the strength to take on the hardships that came her way. Her journey on this earth ended on Wednesday June 6, 2012. It is certain she is now with her Heavenly Father, where she will enjoy an eternity with her savior and Lord Jesus Christ.

Lydie Jean-Pierre will always be remembered by her family and friends who love and appreciate her.
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