Marie Julie Sanon was born on June 26th, 1943 in Jérémie, Haiti. She was the third child to Venalas Sanon and Clemance Bron-Home. She had three brothers, named Simon, Lucien, and Phalente and two sisters, named Vernelie and Lise Sanon. At a young age, she was taken in by her mother’s family who raised her for most of her youth in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. After meeting Absalon Corriolan at the age of twenty-two and sustaining a long relationship, they welcomed seven children. Although unfortunately, suffering the loss of two daughters and one son, Marie and Absalon were blessed to raise their four remaining children, Jean Fritzber, Gerald, Nicolas, and Absalene Corriolan.
In early 1984, Marie was chosen out of her five siblings by a relative to help file documents to attain a Visa. Despite initially being worried about leaving her children behind in Haiti, she quickly realized that this was an incredible opportunity to bring her family to live a better life in America. Upon arriving to the United States, she traveled to live with her relatives in Brooklyn, New York and rapidly worked on attaining status as a Permanent Resident.
Although working several jobs, Marie found a love for working as a Cook for Kentucky Fried Chicken. While in between the process of working to bring her family to the States, Marie made the move from New York to New Jersey in 1991. Tirelessly working for ten years, she was able to complete the paperwork necessary to first bring her daughter to America. Nine years later, Marie was able to accomplish her goal of bringing all her children and grandchildren to America.
Aside from being a hardworking single mother and employee, Marie was a passionate believer of Jesus Christ. Saved at a young age, her faith was an essential part of her identity. After making the move to New Jersey, Marie joined the Outreach Evangelism Ministries. Not satisfied with simply being an attendee, Marie decided to become apart of the choir. She was a very active member of the church as she assisted in recruitment, promotion, and the implementation of community events. Marie believed in teaching her children and grandchildren the values and commandments of Christ but also allowing them to make their own decisions along their journey with Him. A seasoned and avid prayer warrior, she served as the primary person interceding on behalf of many before God.
Marie’s biggest battle with her faith manifested in February 2018 as she was diagnosed with Metastatic Gastric Carcinoma. Although symptoms of the cancer appeared throughout a span of three years, it was not detected until it was in stage four. Not initially accepting the cancer verdict, Marie received similar conclusions from several different hospitals including Saint Barnabas Hospital. Beginning chemotherapy in May 2018, she fought a long hard battle for three months.
Throughout her battle with cancer, Marie never lost her faith in God and remained grateful for everyday of life. She had numerous special moments with her sons Jean Frizber, Gerald and Nicolas and her grandchildren, Fritzbertho, Kerby, and Nedjee Corriolan. Whether she was telling her sons to quit sleeping or cleaning so much, Marie constantly motivated her family to keep pushing forward and to keep God first in everything they did. As described by her family, she was the best mother and grandmother any person could ever ask for.
As of July 19th, 2018, Marie is no longer in pain but rather in the presence of her Lord and Savior.