A Mother Like No Other, May You Rest In Perfect Peace Mommy!!!
Adelina Noel, also known as “Mammy”, “Mamman”, “Madiani” and “Mannonu” fell peacefully asleep in death on April 3, 2021. We were blessed to have spent 87 years with her.
She was born in Haiti on July 17, 1933, to the late St. Armand and Suzanne Amonise Bellot Noel. She grew up in a household that believed God is the centerpiece of life, a home should be a place of love, joy and commitment towards one another, education and hardwork. As a result of this, Adelina devoted herself to serving God, raising her children with sound values, pushing them to excel in their education and showing them what it means to work hard.
As a faithful servant of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Adelina understood the importance of calling out the name Jehovah in good times and during difficult times. Her passion and commitment for God led her to serve in multiple ministries where she made her mission purposeful by bringing the word to people. She loved seeing people commit their own lives to Jesus Christ. In addition to spreading the gospel, she served in a number of leadership positions within her church, Eglise Evangelique De L’union Chretienne in Brockton MA, under the leadership of Pastor Fred Ulysse and his wife Vena. Over the course of her 25+ years of service, she led initiatives that involved the growth and development of children, women and the elderly within the church. As a council member and deaconess, she had her pulse on every aspect of the church’s day to day.
Adelina’s spiritual involvement wasn’t only in Massachusetts, she also served faithfully in her previous home church in Newark New Jersey, under the leadership of Pastor Metalis and his wife.
Growing up, Adelina was the eldest girl of ten siblings: Leonard Noel (d) (wife Solange), Michel Lucner Noel (wife Lerese), Dominique Noel Bain (d) (wife Carmen), Rigobert Noel Sr. (wife Eliana), Olest Noel (d) (wife Agnes Noel (d)), Bernstein Noel (d) (wife Marie (d)), Uzelaine Labossiere (d) (husband Jean Claude), Marie Claudette Jean Pierre (husband Christian), Marie Ange Noel and Albert Noel. Having a big family, Adelina played a vital role in caring for her siblings.
In addition to having a lot of brothers and sisters, she had a host of cousins whom she also cared for. Her cousins Parfait Bellot, Theresa Bellot, Marie Monette, Estanie Fils-Aime, Antoine Bellot, Lumack Bellot and cousin Charles benefited because of their close relationship.
Her experience in caring for her siblings and her cousins gave her direct experience she would need later when she would become a mother. As a mom, she gave birth to 5 children. Her first two children, Marie Maude and Dadi unfortunately passed away shortly after birth. Losing 1 child is difficult, but losing 2 children can cause people to question the purpose of life.
Adelina remained faithful as God heard her heart through these extreme difficult times. And, because of her faithfulness, she is survived by her 3 living children, Magdeleine Constant (son-in-law Eddy Sr.), Arnold Noel (wife Barthine) and Rigobert Noel (wife Leticia).
In addition to her children, she has been blessed with 9 grandchildren, Ansy Telfort, Mackendy Constant, Eddy Constant, Jr (Kiki)., Jhaneh Noel, Naijhalek Noel, Chase Noel, Xavier Noel, Arnold Noel, Jr. & Lee Noel.
God saw it very fitting to further bless her by also giving her 3 great grandchildren, Laila Constant, Emani Hatten & Ky’Mani Hatten during her time alive.
Adelina was a terrific mom, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. There wasn’t anything that she would not do for her family and her friends. While she gave herself to God, this allowed her to pour more of herself into the people she loved. Children and people gravitated towards her because her heart was genuinely made of gold. Her selflessness can be seen by her acts of kindness where she gave and gave and gave and gave. The quote “give you the shirt off my back” fitted her to the T because she literally gave you everything and in almost all cases, she’s giving you whatever she had first. That kind of beautiful spirit unfortunately isn’t found frequently. These are the characteristics that made her the Matriarch of our family and the leader of many.
Adelina was savvy in every aspect of life. Like a chess player, she knew all the right buttons to push, all the right pieces to move, exactly where to position those pieces and the right people to get involved so that she gets the best results. She was very tactical in that regard. This skill helped her excel as a business woman in Haiti and as a blue collar worker in the United States. Living in Haiti, she specialized in trades, import and export. She traveled, often by boat across the open sea to purchase goods at wholesale prices and brought them back to Haiti to sell for a profit. She took great risks, despite having been capsized and wreckage at least 7 times. If anyone knows anything about the Caribbean Islands, import and export is their business and Adelina made it her business so that she can provide for her family and be in a position to give to others.
She came to the United States to create a different and better opportunity for her children. She worked blue collar jobs and saved her money to bring her children from Haiti to the U.S. In addition to working, she always kept her entrepreneur spirit by starting her in home business, where she cooked delicious Haitian meals to fill the bellies of people who enjoyed fine cuisine. On any given Thursday, Friday & Saturday she would sell many plates of grio, plantain, rice, lambi, legume, bean sauce, chicken and more. Her cooking was so yummy, after your first plate, you automatically became a repeat customer.
Education was very important to Adelina. While her own opportunities were rare, she preached to her children the importance of education. Her words carried weight when she spoke and at times, we may not always listen right away, but, we ultimately conceded to what she was asking of us because she was 100% right and we knew her position was from a place of love. As such, her children today are college graduates.
Adelina worked hard. She labored without murmuring. She knew that her strength was coming from God and that she would succeed in all her endeavors because she invited God into her plans. She was purposeful in all that she did. This is why she had such an impact on her children, her family and the many people she came in contact with. She is no longer with us, but her love, her legacy and the tools she’s armed us with will live forever in our hearts until we see her again in paradise. Adelina, Mammy, Madianie, Mannou...we greatly miss you and we love you tremendously. May you have rest and peace!"
All are welcome to her celebration of life service on Tuesday, April 13th from 4-8 p.m. in United Evangelical Christian Church, 144 Belmont Avenue, Brockton, her funeral service Wednesday, April 14th at 10 a.m. in Waitt Funeral Home, 850 North Main St., Brockton, with visitation in the funeral home beginning at 8:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Melrose Cemetery, Brockton.
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