Marie Alvarez, a homemaker and former nurse’s aide, died on Friday, June 21, 2019. She was 91.
She was born on Jan. 7, 1928, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to the late Maurice and Alice Alvarez. She was raised in Port-au-Prince with her three brothers and a sister in the Catholic faith. She remained a faithful Catholic throughout her life.
In her 20s, Alvarez worked as a dactylographer and stenographer at the Archives Nationales d’Haiti.
She married Jean de Vastey in 1954 and raised three sons in Haiti and the Democratic Republic of the Congo before settling in Philadelphia in 1970.
Always wanting to be a good homemaker, Alvarez attended sewing and cooking schools in order to prepare Sunday dishes and sew the perfect shirt for her husband or sons. She also made her own dresses. In the 1970s, she worked as a nurse’s aide to help support her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Gerty; and brothers, Roger and Pierre.
She is survived by: her sons, Henri (Melody), Jean-Pierre and Richard (Roslyn); niece and nephews, Josette (Jesse) Adjaye, Patrick (Marie-Rose) Dejean, Georges Dejean and Patrick Alvarez; grandchildren, Dominique, Genevieve, Jacques, Julienne, Nicole, Paul, Renay and Rochelle; grandniece and grandnephews, Deborah, Gershon, Jesse Jr. and Michael; great-grandchild, Rylen; and brother-in-law, Paul de Vastey.
Services were held July 5 at 10 a.m. at Saint Raymond of Penafort Catholic Church, 1350 Vernon Road.
Emmanuel Johnson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.