Cartwright Funeral Homes


LEONARD, Marie Solina Eugene was born on Christmas Day of 1931 in Tabarre, Haiti, to parents Laforest Eugene and Louise Adolph. She passed away peacefully at the age of 90 at her home in Brockton, Massachusetts on December 20, 2022.
While a student in Port-au-Prince Haiti, Marie met a nice young man named Manes Leonard. Manes and Marie fell in love, and married in the year of 1952. The couple went on to have a large loving family which produced five wonderful children: Michelet, Marlina, Margarette, Maliza, and Fanfan. Together, the Leonard family household embodied principles of discipline, patience and humility. Manes and Marie worked hard to provide a stable foundation for their children. In the late 1960s, they migrated their family to the U.S.A where they landed in New York City to begin the pursuit of the “Haitian American Dream.” Nearly a decade later they would relocate to a more long-term location which was Boston, Massachusetts.
Along with being a great mother and wife, Marie was also a seamstress. She was very talented in her craft and enjoyed making clothing. Although she worked long hours, that never stop her from doing what she loved. Her passion was reflected in her stylish mix of outfits that she would sew herself. Marie’s unique eye for fashion and appeal was never unnoticed. She was always well put together, elegantly. Her style is still echoed today through her generation of children and grandchildren and is sure to continue.
Marie immersed herself in the Haitian community in the states, as well as back home. She played central roles in the of lives many people around her. No matter where she lived, she always set out to extend a helping hand to those in need. Her love and stern hand were not only for her own children but also with the neighborhood children as well. Some may know Marie as Manman or Tina. She was affectionately called so, by many loved ones. Manman was a loving woman that would mother everyone of any age.
Manman’s character was exemplary. She found true fulfillment and joy in the service of others. She taught us that life was not only about getting; but was greatly about giving; and most importantly, that life is much bigger than ourselves. We cherish these life lessons and her legacy will carry on with our own families. Manman was greatly loved and will be dearly missed.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend a visitation period Friday evening from 4:00-8:00PM in the Cartright Funeral Home, 419 N. Main Street. A service will be held Saturday morning at 10:00AM in the New Jerusalem Baptist Church, 871 N. Main Street followed by a burial at St. Mary Cemetery.

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