Marie Solange Gaston was born to Mr. Saint-Rock Raymond and Ms. Victoire Jean at the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince Haiti on August 9, 1947. Marie Solange, affectionately called “Soso”, accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior in 1970 while pregnant with her 1st child.
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Solange attended Republique Argentine School for elementary and junior high and later went to Lycee de Jeunes Filles for High school. After her matriculation, “Soso” worked at the factory on the island to help support her family. Shortly after,“Soso” met and married the love of her life, Jean Baptiste Gaston (deceased) and their union produced three beautiful children: Gregory, Herby and Nadege Gaston.
In December 1981, Solange migrated to the United States of America in search of a better life for her family. Shortly after her migration, her beloved husband passed away and “Soso” was reunited with her three children. “Soso” was a strong independent woman who worked 2 jobs tirelessly for many years to provide for her family. Up until her retirement, “Soso” was employed with the Boston Children’s Hospital for twenty five years as a housekeeper. There she was loved and well respected by her coworkers. Her work ethics and humor was contagious and for it she was revered.
“Soso” was a faithful member of Church of God Christian Life Center of Boston for 38 years. She served faithfully until her Father called her home on November 14, 2019 at the age of 72. Her life testimony was, “trust in the Lord, surrender all to Him and you will see His mercy manifest.” “Soso” was happiest when she was caring for others. She loved people and her generosity was beyond compare. In her presence you felt loved, genuine appreciation and concern for your well-being.
“Soso” was a prayer warrior. You could hear her prayers reverberating off the walls in her room and up and down the halls of the house. She believed in prayer and that it was the answer for everything. After she prayed, she would feed you. Food was her love language to us all. For “Soso” there was nothing prayer and food could not solve.
“Soso was a shrewd and wise financier and became financial advisor for others. “Soso” was able to stretch a few dollars into thousands!
She loved going on missionary trips with the church enjoying the travel and fellowship with her Church family and giving of her praise and finance. “Soso” purchased the property at the location where she attended church in Haiti. She renovated the property and built a presbytery above for the Pastor. “Soso” helped to finance the education of numerous children in Haiti by collecting and cashing in soda cans. She lived a virtuous life; she was a true woman of God and believed a Christian should live a life of prayer.
“Soso” had many gifts and talents, she exercised and exhausted them faithfully for the benefit of the church. She was a motivator and a firm leader. In the kitchen she was known as the “boss lady!” Leading with a firm hand but with a gentle, humble and jovial spirit. “Soso” loved and respected her Pastors and spiritual parents Revs. Othon and Marie Lourdes Noel very much. She made them parents to her children not just in words but in deed. “Soso” was a strong believer that it takes a village to raise a family.
“Soso’s memory will be kept alive by her three biological children, Gregory, Herby, Nadege and Frantz Damour, her grandchildren Fenzy, Fabiola, Nicholai Joel, Victoria Luna, Iverson Herby, Madoche, Clara, Sarah and Ralph Ti-Blanc. Her great grandchildren Aiden, Lamar and Sevyn Nola TiBlanc as well as her nephews and nieces John, Livie and Evelyn Althema, her brother and sister-law Jean Althema, Jean Robert, Madone, Zette, Esther and Nanotes Gaston.
Words are insufficient to express the character that was contained in her short statue, her beauty, her generosity and her humor. “Soso” was extremely loved and was a pillar of strength, unconditional love and support in our lives and in the community. Her contributions and investment in our lives will continue to live in us and future generations as her legacy. Today, we celebrate her life with thanksgiving for the time we had with her.
She has fought a good fight, she has finished the race and she has kept the faith.
Mommy Soso, you will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, your memory will live on in our hearts.
We love you Mommy Marie Solange Gaston.
There will be a Wake on Friday November 22, 2019 from 6:00 to 9:00pm at CHURCH OF GOD CHRISTIAN LIFE CENTER, 839 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02124 where a Viewing will be held on Saturday November the 23rd from 8:00 to 9:00am followed by Funeral Service at 9:00 O'clock.
Interment: Oak Lawn Cemetery, Roslindale, MA 02131