Veronique Elie – A Century of Resilience And Grace – St. Lucia Times

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Vieux Fort resident Veronique Elie, affectionately known as Ma Marque, Ma Marc, Ma Elvay, or Elvalina, stands as a beacon of resilience and grace, celebrating 100 years of an extraordinary life.

Born on May 11, 1924, she is the eldest child of Philomene Jn Charles-nee Baptiste and Joseph Willie Baptiste.

From her parents, she inherited a strong work ethic, deep compassion, and a profound connection to the land.

Veronique’s father lived over 100, instilling in her the values of perseverance and determination. Her life was marked by the loss of five of her fifteen siblings, yet she remained steadfast, cherishing the enduring bonds they shared.

As a matriarch, Veronique welcomed fifteen children, including four stepchildren, fostering a home filled with love and warmth.

Alongside her beloved husband, Matthew Elie, she navigated marriage with grace until his passing.

A pillar of her community, Veronique’s wisdom and strength have earned her deep respect. She contributed to her family’s livelihood by selling farm produce at the Vieux Fort Market and maintained a reverence for the sea.

Her unwavering faith has been her guiding light. A devout Catholic, she is known for her sharp wit, quick tongue, and remarkable capacity for forgiveness.

As Veronique celebrated this centennial milestone, her family, friends, community, and officials of the Elder Care Unit of the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment, gathered to honor her resilience, love, and spirit.

Her life is a testament to the enduring power of faith, family, and resilience, inspiring many generations.

We at the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment wish her many more years ahead.

SOURCE: Ministry of Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment