Adleda Louissaint was born on February 22, 1935, in Janhose, Archaie, to the parentage of the late Frangère and Tulia Louissaint. She was the second of nine siblings. Adleda had seven wonderful children: Kénol Corielan, Claudette Louis, Bénita Charles, Jean Wenson Charles, Ginette Charles, Monique Momplaisir, and Eliane Toomey. To say that she loved her children would be an understatement – she adored them all. She sacrificed a lot to ensure that they attended prestigious schools to acquire utmost education. She would prepare their uniforms the night before and would also rise up early to cook them breakfast. Adleda was a hard-working woman filled with energy, discipline, determination, and ambition. She was a superb seamstress and a lucrative merchant. On March 31, 1988, she immigrated to the United States to expand her opportunities. She resided and domiciled in New Jersey for the first six months, then she moved to Long Island, New York. Adleda worked at Uniflex where she became an exemplary worker. She was quite an inspiration to her children, creating a successful pathway for them to become distinguished nurses, entrepreneurs, managers, and businessmen. She inspired everyone around her to achieve the highest of excellence.
Aunt Adleda was a real extrovert who was not shy to express herself loud and clear. She was an amazing woman and a dedicated philanthropist. Some of her attributes included amusing, selfless, respectful, friendly, enthusiastic, and generous. Everything she owned was available to donate to anyone in need. She would use her cooking talent to feed not only her family members, but also other people in her community. My aunt was blessed with multiple talents from sewing to cooking which, of course, included the making of her delicious desserts, such as cremas, confiture, and liqueur. And, she was known for her signature dishes: Légume, poisson gros sel, riz colé, poulet frit, and bannann peze.
Eliane remembers Adleda as a strong, protective, and independent mother who raised her children with great pride and dignity. Furthermore, she was very meticulous about our appearance, posture, and upbringing. Bénita affirms that Adleda was a “one-of-a-kind” mother who took care of them including all the grandchildren. In addition, her mom was a fastidious woman when it came to cleaning her house and organizing their clothes. Benson remembers Adleda as the mother, the father, and best friend he will always miss. Monique says, “Although mom was strict and tough, she was very outgoing and fun to be around – always joking.” Ginette states that Adleda was the best role model that motivated her being a single mother as well. Last but not least, Claudette remembers Adleda by her genuine character – loving and caring – how she loved to dance with them and the grandchildren during the holidays.
On February 2, 1990, she surrendered her life to Jesus Christ and became a dedicated woman that always gave God praise in all circumstances. She was a faithful servant at Upper Room Church of God. On April 7, 2022, she slipped away peacefully into the arms of the Lord. The children and extended family she left behind will surely miss her presence, her smile, and her loving spirit. We can rest assured that she is in Heaven with God and the angels singing all the songs of joy and glory. Adleda’s legacy will live on forever, and her image will remain always in our hearts.