A Tribute to a Matriarch at Heart
Marlene Duvivier was a cherished matriarch, who led loved ones through the aches of everyday life with smiles, laughs, loves and unmatched strength. That strength, love and levity over the past few years, restored Marlene’s family to their vibrant beginning, despite the weakening of her own physical body. With her divine assignment complete, Marlene Duvivier, transitioned peacefully to God on Thursday, September 2, 2021. She was surrounded by her loved ones, in the comfort of her home.
Marlene was born to her father Luc O. Rancy and her mother Anita Jacques in Haiti. She was affectionally known as Lelane, Mama and Malo by her family members and close friends. She attended private school, mastered the art of cooking, and became a talented, professional seamstress. However, she was always a matriarch at heart. After her mother passed, Marlene helped raise her teenaged brother Max Hiltler and her late sister Nadine Lherisson. She also cared for her niece Manouchka who also joined her household as a teenager. Although she dreamed of attending college, Marlene married the late Gerard Duvivier, immigrated to the United States, and also raised five children of their own: the late Islime Duvivier, Helena Duvivier, Marjory Thompson, Drunia Duvivier, and Kevin Duvivier.
Mama Marlene loved to be in control in her house and at work. She was a skilled worker and became a supervisor at Madelaine Chocolate Company. She retired in 2009, and created a new life filled with fun activities with new friends at St. John’s Recreation Center. She enjoyed the aerobics swimming classes for seniors, Zumba, and traveling with her friends.
Marlene ensured her home was filled with the love and levity that contributed to her own fortitude. Dancing was a great part of that. Not only did she share her love of dance with her children, she insisted that they teach their own children to dance. Aside from dancing with them herself, one of her greatest delights was watching them and smiling asking “OH YEAH?” With that and a fire in her eyes, she accepted their dance challenge.
Joyful times of dancing with Marlene, were easily matched with delightful meals
by hand. Marlene enjoyed cooking and hosting community and family fellowship over fabulous food. She also enjoyed making sweets such as beyen and Haitian Kremas. Marlene often shared life wisdom, counsel, and strength with her children and grandchildren over these meals and other meaningful moments. She often encouraged their personal confidence and advocacy. Marlene challenged them to speak up and speak out about their personal priorities.
When she wasn’t loving others with sage advice, food, and fun footwork, Marlene celebrated beauty and fashion! From fur coats, statement bags, and heels, to apparel of her own design, Marlene loved looking sharp. Her passion was evident in details like meticulously manicured nails and traditions like Elizabeth Arden Red Door spa treatments on her birthday.
We will miss Marlene’s vibrancy, beautiful smile, strength, and wisdom. Her generous kind spirit was exemplary in its breadth and depth over the course of her life. She leaves this rich legacy in the lives of all her children, their spouses (Helena) Eddie Casimir and (Marjory) Dau’d Thompson, her other brother Pierre Rancy, and in-laws Wilner Duvivier and Marie-Maude Borgella; her grandchildren Jean-Pierre Duvivier, Islima Duvivier, the late Marshalam Duvivier, Matthew J.L. Casimir, Samaiya Duvivier, Morgan Duvivier, Macai Duvivier and Elishima (Ellie) Duvivier; her nieces and nephews Manouchka Casimir, Jeffrey Lherisson, Richardo Lherrison, Joecey Colas, Max LeClair, Jr., Aarons Hiltler, Gene Odell David Cormier, and a host of Great Grand Children. The world is more delicious, more stylish, more vibrant, more loving, wiser and brighter because Marlene Duvivier was here. We are so grateful for the light that was her life here.
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