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Carmelita Norelus (affectionately known as Carmene), daughter of the late Nore Norelus Jean-Louis and Felicia Previlon. She was born on December 1, 1937, in Desdunes Haiti. She was educated within the Desdunes school systems. She developed a keen interest in sewing at a young age and went on to become a professional seamstress. During this period, she met the late Dieugrand Dumay, one of prominent men of her town, and the two were united in holy matrimony. Their union was blessed with four children whom, Carmelita loved dearly.
In 1973, Carmelita immigrated to the United States to join her late husband in search for a better life for their family. Carmelita worked tirelessly to provide for her family. Upon her entry into the United States, she capitalized on her seamstress background and worked several jobs in the sewing industry. Her career as a stellar seamstress began at Allison Corporation from August 1973 until they close their doors, and she subsequently moved on to Romerovsky Corporation where she retired in 2017. As the compassionate individual she was at both firms, anytime certain opportunities were available, she would refer someone for the position, assisting many people in obtaining employment after immigrating to the United States. Like her late mother, she was a very savvy business woman who could turn a penny into a dollar.
Carmelita was one of the pillars of the Previlon and Norelus family, and she was very hospitable and welcomed many people who immigrated to the United States into her home. She was a source of great strength and wisdom for all whether or not they sought her advice. She was very forthright, even when she knew her viewpoint would elicit some criticism. That’s because she believed in telling it "Like it is".
Carmelita unexpectedly departed this life as she was called home to the Lord on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at St Barnabas Hospital, Livingston NJ; leaving many beautiful memories for all of us to cherish. She was preceded in death by her first-born child Williamtrax Dumay and husband Dieugrand Dumay; her sister and brothers Madame Philippe Philius, Pierre Norelus, and Eugene Norelus.
Her remarkable life will forever be cherished in the life of her children Wilcox Dumay, Dieulanda Dumay and Traxler Dumay, as well as her grandchildren Faradiane Dumay, Vanessa Dumay, Georgina Dumay, Wilcox Dumay, Jr, Quinton Hines, Jr, Shakinah Sampson Dumay and Amaya Dumay.
Also, to cherish her life and legacy is her loving brothers and sisters Xavier Norelus, Pradel Norelus, Mrs. Mimose Norelus Jean-Louis, Bedson Jean-Louis, Guirlaine Norelus, Patrick Norelus, Adeline Norelus, Bernise Norelus, Jocelyn Norelus, and a host of cousins, devoted nieces and nephews and some very special friends who were like her extended family.
She touched the lives of many with her generosity, open heart, and strong sense of family and community. She went home to be with her Lord, where she is resting peacefully. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and interacted with her.
Avinu Malkeinu, Our Father Our King, thank you for the 85 years You had blessed Carmelita with on this earth.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be given to the Carmelita Dumay's endowment fund at New Jerusalem Baptist Church via Zelle using email@example.com to support the congregation's widows and elderlies.