Born in Mombin-Crochu, Haiti on January 25th, 1931 to Carmélie St-Fleur and Daméthas Desarmes, Yvonne enjoyed a happy and sheltered childhood. She quickly grew up to become a very elegant young lady, with a big and generous heart. Her love of all people, especially of small children, made her a popular choice when young couples were looking for a godmother to their newborns.
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After earning her “Brevet d’Études Vocationelles” at the Elie Dubois School for Girls in Port-au-Prince, she started on a teaching career path that eventually led her to the “École Rurale de Chatard” near Plaisance, where she met and fell in love with the quiet, kind and smart fellow teacher, Michel Théoma Pradieu. They married in 1962 and moved to Cap-Haïtien, where their modest home was always open and welcoming to members of their respective families.
In the mid-1960s, Yvonne and Théoma left behind their two children and travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaïre) as part of Haiti’s cooperation with that nascent nation. There, they had their third and last child. At the end of their contract, they moved to New York City, NY in 1969 and resigned themselves to having their youngest join his siblings in Haiti so that they could work. A couple of months after her husband returned to Haiti, Yvonne followed suit, and in early 1976 joined him and their three children, Marie M. (Maggy), Michel H. (Ricot) and Yves G. (Dadou). Shortly thereafter, she became a widow and spent the next 10-12 years working tirelessly to provide for her children and for whoever else needed her assistance.
Yvonne moved back to the USA (Boston, MA) in 1988, to keep a watchful eye on the well-being of her fragile daughter, who recently went to live there. Yvonne found work at the Walter E. Fernald State School in Waltham, MA and enjoyed taking care of the special-need children there. In the process, she became close friend to quite a few co-workers, who always valued her good nature and the thoughtful advices she would provide when asked.
Yvonne retired in 1998, and she spent more time developing a closer relationship with her Lord, explored a couple religious denominations and eventually joined Dedham Temple (formerly Golgotha) Seventh Day Adventist Church. She received the water baptism and never looked back, became as active a member as she could be, was elevated to the rank of Deaconess, played a prominent role in the welcoming committee and was responsible for preparing and presenting Sabbat school weekly reports. The last two years saw her health steadily decline, but she never complained, remained gracious through it all, steadfastly trusted God for her recovery. When in the hospital, medical staff attending to her could easily have voted her most pleasant patient… When her time came this 20th of August, she peacefully took her last breath, leaving quite an empty hole in the hearts of so many…
Manmie Yvonne / Grandma Vovonne will be dearly missed by her children Maggy, Ricot and his wife Karine, Dadou and his wife Carmela, and by her grand-children Lindsay, Erika, Richard, Emmanuel and Lily. She will also be dearly missed by Aurel and Josette Hyppolite, and by Jeanne Michel.
Tante Yvonne will be dearly missed by her many nieces and nephews and their families, including (but not limited to) Rose-Marie and Marie-Lourdes St-Fleur, Marie-Josée, Théo, Laure, Nolla, Marie-Merci, Francesca, Luce, Pierre-Marie, Keitel and Leo Audate, Gabriel, Carl, Frantz, Jean-Hervé, Ronaldy, Ricardo, Handy and Lourdes Ménard, Joséphine, Gui, Gilbert and Yvon Pradieu, Monique D. Adam, Orianne, Aivey, Jenny, Cassandra and Geraldine Hyppolite.
Man Théoma will be dearly missed by so many cousins, ‘filleuls” and friends, including (but not limited to) Marthe, Flore, Lucienne, Thérèse, Annette, Herminie, Alfred, Abner, Michot, Marlène, Ronel, Jonas, Carolle, Justin, André, Daniella, Excellent, Viola, Théocles, Nanotte, Margot B., Anine and Fontane Beaubien…
Sr Pradieu will be dearly missed by many brothers and sisters in Christ from Dedham Temple, Jean-Jean, Crescent, Lefaite, Dorméus, Merzéus …