IN LOVING MEMORY
September 22, 1954 - January 1, 2022
Edlyne Dumas was born on September 22,1954 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the daughter of Augustin Bonnet Dumas and Venette Romulus Dumas. She died on January 1, 2022, in Panama, at the age of 67. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Jackson Dumas.
Edlyne grew up surrounded by her large family, and had 14 siblings: Jean Michel Dumas, Marie Yvrose Dumas, Marie Kettly Dumas, Antoine Anthony Dumas, Pierre Paul Necker Dumas, Julien Yvon Dumas, Jules Pinel Dumas, Emanuel Frantz Dumas, Jean Robert Bonnet Dumas, Venet Dumas, Pierre-Sully Dumas, Marie Ismaelite Dumas, Marie Nancy Dumas, Ange-Marie Dumas.
Raised in a Christian family, Edlyne gave her life to Christ at the tender age of 10 years old. She lived a life devoted to serving the Lord and faithfully teaching the truth of God’s Word to those wishing to draw closer to Him. Ordained by the First Church of the Gospel Ministry, Edlyne was dedicated to spreading the faith of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. She helped to seed over a dozen SDA churches across the globe, including Mid-Hudson French SDA Church in Poughkeepsie, New York; ´Eglise Adventiste Salem in Mableton, Georgia; and Iglesia Nueva Jerusalem in Juan Diaz, Panama. For her work in ministry and dedication to the body of Christ, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Church Administration, an Honorary Doctorate of Women’s Ministries and an Honorary Doctorate of Christian Counseling from The Kings Cross Victory Bible College.
In addition to her religious activities, Edlyne’s talents were many. She was an accomplished entrepreneur, a beloved mother, grandmother, community leader and friend. She was known for her generosity, business acumen and adventurous spirit. A lifelong learner, Edlyne relished in educational pursuits. She earned her nursing diploma from Evelyn Anspach Institute of Nursing in Brussels, Belgium in 1976; an Associate of Arts in Humanities and Social Science from Dutchess Community College; a dual Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Work from Mount Saint Mary College; a Master of Education from Central Michigan University; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education from California University.
In her early career she worked as a licensed practical nurse, and ultimately transitioned to teaching (K-12) and education administration. Her entrepreneurial ventures ranged from owning a bakery, an antique store, assisted living facilities and an international hotel visited by travelers from across the world. She leveraged her education to mentor nurses and caregivers for many years, bringing to life the African proverb of “Each One, Teach One,” where early slaves who were able to learn various skills took it as part of their responsibility to teach someone else, in order to spread knowledge for the betterment of the community. Her impact in the community was widely recognized, and she was presented with the “Woman of Excellence” Award by the Cobb County (Georgia) Government and “Excellence in Community Relations” Award from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, among other accolades.
She leaves to cherish fond memories four children: her step-son, Erd Jude Charles and his wife, Michelle Charles; her son, Evans Charles; her daughter, Fabiola Charles Stokes and her husband, Shereitte Stokes, IV; her daughter, Marsha Edlyne Charles and her husband Jephte Casimir; six grandchildren, Jameir Casimir, Neiah Jayleen Casimir, Miyah Janeice Casimir, Sophia Antoinette Charles; Saige Noelle Charles Stokes, Samara Nicole Charles Stokes; and twenty-four nieces and nephews.
Her family takes comfort in knowing that she is now resting in the arms of our Heavenly Creator, and to the assurance of God’s grace, He has determined the right timing of her homecoming. A service of remembrance will be held virtually on Jan 21, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Internment will be at the New Paltz Rural Cemetery in New York.
“We live where we want; we die where we must.”
Leave your memories, condolences, or well-wishes.
Expressions of Gratitude
The family of the late Edlyne Dumas would like to express our deepest gratitude to family and friends for the expressions of love and service during our time of bereavement. “When I was sick, you visited me…” Matthew 25:34-40. We thank God for your faithfulness and pray God’s blessing upon your lives.
Professional Services by:
Rhodes Funeral Home
43 Fairview Ave
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Lighten Online Memorial Services