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Marie Elizabeth Ireland-Christie

March 1, 1964April 21, 2018

Marie Elizabeth Ireland, 54, of North Lauderdale, Florida, passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Marie was born in Jamaica West Indies on March 1, 1964. She attended Immaculate Conception High School and The University of the West Indies, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics. She migrated to the USA 25 years ago and settled in Broward County, Florida. She worked as a Property Manager, life coach and taught adult literacy. Marie had a brilliant analytical mind and was a prolific writer who, shortly before she died, had published a book of poems entitled "Poppies & Purple Popsicles in Paradise", which was inspired by her experience with breast cancer. She loved life, nature, and music. She played life to her own tune and was truly unique among women. She leaves a void in the Ireland family and will be greatly missed. She is survived by her sisters Helen, Yvette, Joan, Marjorie and brothers Raymond, Franklin and Philip.

There are no services scheduled at this time. Marie's last loving act was to donate her body to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine program. Later, Marie will be cremated and her ashes scattered. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Margate, Florida.

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Phillip Hudson

May 31, 2018

I met Marie about 2005 while she worked in property management at Homefinders in Ft. Lauderdale. As a Realtor I did business with them. She kept that office together, and was the right arm of her boss. She was always warm, pleasant, and just great to do business with. Her brother Phillip and I were students at Ardenne High, and were cadets. Their resemblance was evident, so we had a connection from Jamaica.

We lost connection sometime after Homefinders closed shop, but we later
reconnected on Facebook. I learnt of her illness from her postings. Always a loving, caring person, she made her illness an open book, and script for learning for anyone facing breast cancer, as well as families caring for them.

I will never forget Marie, her warm smile, and that melodious warmth in her voice. I am glad she is in no more pain. Much blessings, thanks for sharing this life with us.

DENISE COURTENAY

May 4, 2018

I did not learn of Marie's illness until March of this year, when a message from her was posted on our high school graduating class page. I sent a short message to Marie via that page, and was surprised and thrilled when she replied by email separately. We had not seen each other for 30 years. In fact, I reminded her that the last time I saw her was at Norman Manley Airport when I was setting off to Belize to get married! She teased me about my getting married so quickly (we were both 24 at the time) and we chatted about our school days of course. In my last email to her, I told her that was how I would remember her. I was so happy that we were able to connect even though by that time, she was so ill. The fact that she took the time to respond to me, that she was still keeping up with correspondence despite her fragile state, shows her great strength.

In my memories of her, she is always laughing, always mischievous, full of life and fun. That's how I will remember her.
My condolences to her family and loved ones. May she rest in peace.
Denise Courtenay (nee Mitchell)

Kofi Okyere

April 27, 2018

I didn't meet you in person Marie, but our short time getting to know each other via Facebook was quite memorable for me.
May you rest in power wherever you are.
With lots of love

Marjorie Ireland

April 24, 2018

Marie, I will always remember when Amira my beloved grand daughter was born 4 years ago. You had just been diagnosed with cancer and Amira would come over with Ms. Claire her babysitter every day. She sat on your pink hassock while you sat in the lazy boy chair. I remember Amira resting her tiny hand on your leg while you both watched nursery rhymes, African drummer Babatunde and Jerry Lee Lewis pound the piano with his feet! You and Amira would both laugh as you both did a native American dance around the living room. You later told me that Amira and Jerk the cat helped to keep you alive during those very dark days.

Karon Pitts

April 24, 2018

I did not have the pleasure of knowing her but I did have the pleasure of working with her beautiful sister JOAN. My heart goes out to all that knew and loved her.
This angel on earth was needed and now in heaven.
💘

FROM THE FAMILY