Marie Lisette Rhuma born on February 5, 1965 in the town of Camp-Perrin, Haiti. She was mostly known as “Kiline” by the entire community, Liz in our family circle, and Tante Kine to the nephews and nieces. Kiline passed away unexpectedly on Monday March 21st, 2022.
Liz was the first born of Josette Cherestal and Joseph Wenceslas Rhuma. She was a candid and loving person. One neighbor called her “la fille au coeur d’or” (the girl with the golden heart). Another one referred to her as “the person with the beautiful soul”. She was loved and admired by so many.
Liz faced many challenges in life from the time she was born. Some of them she overcame and some others she struggled with limiting her schooling to primary education. However, none of them kept her from living her life fully. She never stopped learning on her own. She had a unique way of processing information and advancing her reading skills. One of her fun ways to spend her spare time was to make sure she had her word puzzle books all finished. (smiling tone).
She was also our encyclopedia when it came to remembering phone numbers, information and especially anything that has to do with numbers (smiling tone). Liz became more adaptive to daily life shadowing mom and assisted her in all household duties. She learned to serve, and to later become the mother figure to all of us after mom’s passing. She enjoyed cooking great meals, babysitting her nephews and nieces, spoiling them with candy or a few bucks. She discreetly assumed that role and fulfilled it with grace and love. She never complained. She was always amical and never confrontational.
Liz was the glue of the family. She was always initiating contact by calling, inquiring about everyone’s well being, asking about the children's commitment to schoolwork, when they would come to visit, and to remind you how long she has not seen you! She always felt compelled to update everyone on the news of the community. You would learn from Liz who passed away, funeral arrangements or any other events that took place.
Liz quietly lived her life with her loved ones. We all have some profound memories of her, a connection that is unique, pure, and honest. Her death came as a shock to everyone, a disbelief that Liz has left us so suddenly and so fast.
Liz, Kiline, Tante Kine, you will always be missed. We thank you for your sacrifices to make our lives better. We thank you for who you were and the lessons of love, humility and warmth that you taught us. With your passing, it is like losing mom for the second time and it hurts, deeply. You will be resting by mom’s side and beloved brother Chener.
Liz is survived by her Father, Sisters, Brother, sister-in-law, brother-in-laws; nieces and nephews, Uncle, Aunt, cousins and close relatives Micheline Merise and Ermite Remarais. She will be missed by all her relatives and close friends.
We say goodbye but we keep you deeply concealed in our hearts. And “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen the salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people.” (Luke 2:29-31)
Requiescat in pace.