(née THEVENOT)- Amelie Etienne of Ormond Beach, FL, died Thursday, May 24, 2012. Amelie was born in the northern coastal city of Port-de-Paix, Haiti on July 22, 1936. She was one of eight children born to the late Renée Thevenot and Marguerite Van der Poole Thevenot. Following her adolescent years, she moved to the capital city of Port-au-Prince where she completed her education and eventually attended medical school at the Faculté de Medecine, Haiti. In 1965, she married one of her classmates, the late Dr. Noles Etienne, with whom she had three children. She immigrated with her young family to Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1972. Amelie lived in Brooklyn for 37 years before relocating to Ormond Beach in 2007. Amelie was a pediatrician and enjoyed children but her real passion was family. She regularly opened her home and her heart to friends and family. She was a traditional Haitian-American woman who for over 40 years was a regular member of St. Francis of Assisi (Brooklyn), Our Lady of Lourdes (Brooklyn) and Prince of Peace (Ormond Beach) churches. But she was also an adventurous woman who was open to new experiences. She experienced many "firsts" in her 60's and 70's including learning to swim, yoga, acupuncture, skyping, Wii dance and sports, and Caribbean travel. She enjoyed poetry and music throughout her life. She is survived by three grateful and admiring children: Annemarie Nola Etienne, Margareth Etienne and Junod Etienne. She is also survived by five granddaughters, three siblings and countless other loved ones. She will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Haiti Help Med Plus (haitihelpmed.com). A viewing will be held Friday, June 1, 2012 from 5-8p.m. at Lohman Funeral Home Ormond, 733 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach. A Mass will be held Saturday, June 2, 2012 at Prince of Peace Church at 11 a.m., followed by the burial at Daytona Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are under the careful direction of Lohman Funeral Home Ormond. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on May 27, 2012