Marie “Ghislaine” Paul, 68, died on Sept. 15, 2018 at Rush Oak Park Hospital due to complications from stomach cancer. Ghislaine, as she was affectionately known, fought a great fight but went into cardiac arrest while surrounded by her family and friends. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on July 7, 1950, she migrated to America in September of 1983 and settled in Oak Park, where she worked as a housekeeper and lived for the remainder of her adult life. A woman of great faith and pride in her Haitian culture, she had an abundance of love for, and commitment to, her family and was a generous, loving, and caring person to all. She took great pride in being a single mother of five children, all of whom were Oak Park and River High School graduates. Throughout her life and time living in the Oak Park community, she was a faithful member of Ascension, St. Bernardine, and St. Edmund parishes where she would often be seen front and center with her sister, Yvette Durand, and her best friend, Luthan Haider. She loved traveling to many places in the U.S. and abroad. In particular, and dear to her heart, was her first trip to Paris. She will be remembered for her upbeat personality, delicious Haitian dishes, her love of dancing, welcoming friendship, and an unwavering strength and determination to provide a better life with boundless opportunities for her kids, Elsie Paul, Beatrice Baptiste, Emmanuel Baptiste, Gregory Baptiste, and James Baptiste; and her grandkids, Destiny, Imani, Fatima, Anthony, Marc, Christian, Adrianna, Garrison, Kaleb, and Roman. Her loving smile and nurturing heart will be missed by all.
Family and friends will meet at St. Edmund Church, 188 S. Oak Park Ave., on Saturday, Sept. 29 for visitation from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by Mass. Interment will take place at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
Arrangements were held at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home in Oak Park.