Guirlene Armand (affectionately known as Lelene) was born on October 4, 1961, in Port Au Prince, Haiti, to the late Theodore (Todd) Armand and Farah Elena Armand. She attended elementary school and Middle school in Arcahaie, Haiti. At the age of 15, Guirlene migrated to the United States. In June 1977, she arrived in Westbury, New York, and attended Westbury High School, where she graduated in 1979. She had the brightest smile when she walked into a room, exuding positive energy. Guirlene shared her love, kindness, and compassion with everyone. Her unconditional love, loyalty, and devotion were paramount for her friends and family members.
She attended the State University of New York College at Old Westbury (SUNY) for her Bachelor's degree, majoring in Psychology. Later Guirlene enrolled in graduate school, earning a Master's degree from Columbia University. Guirlene worked as a Psychologist for the State of New York for over 25 years.
Modeling was one of Guirlene’s passion at an early age, she also loved flowers, she made flower arrangements for weddings and family events. Guirlene participated in horseback riding; she was a standing member of the Polo Club. She enjoyed going to annual Polo Matches at Old Westbury, decorating her stylish hats before Polo events. Guirlene would inevitably be the winner for "Best Hat" at several events.
Guirlene followed her path and discovered helping and counseling people was her true calling. She listened to others' problems and tried to solve or give positive guidance during the conversations. Guirlene was a true confidant to many! Guirlene loved traveling and enjoyed several adventures with friends Shirley Johnson-Hall and her sister Lona Presume. Guirlene enjoyed dancing, especially to the sound of Zumba. She was the life of family gatherings.
Guirlene was an active member of the community. She served on the board of the Haitian American Family of Long Island, Inc. (HAFALI), and was an active member of the Suny of Old Westbury Alumni Association.
Guirlene loved God and was devoted to the church. She was an active member of her home church Saint Brigid Church. She spent countless hours volunteering at Father Gordon’s church. She willingly served and was passionate about helping, i.e., she hosted several fundraising activities for the church. The church was an exceptional place that was near and dear to her heart.
We will remember Guirlene for her warmth, generosity, and her commitment to humanity. Guirlene– Heaven only knows what's in store for you next!
After a long-fought journey with cancer, she died peacefully surrounded by family and friends on July 4, 2020. Her precious father, Theodore (Todd) Armand, preceded her in death. Other family members who preceded her in death are her beloved Grandmothers, Clelie Toussaint (Keke) and Evanie Merovee (Aka). Her grandfather’s Theosmi Armand and Ocean Charles; Aunt and Uncle: Yolande Merovee Victor (Ti Yolande) and Achelus Merovee (Cheche).
Guirlene is survived by her loving mother, Farah Elena Armand (Dodo), Aunts and Uncles, Enide Armand-Calixte, Genita Joseph (Ya), Rosette Charles, Elizabeth Joseph (Tizabette), Yves Armand (Zolite), Ketchner Merovee (Nene) and Nicole Charles. Her sisters: Marie Micaelle Armand (Ti-Marie), Myrtha Armand-Sylvain, Kettlie Armand, Kenia Armand, Wendell Armand, and Dorothy Armand; Nieces and Nephews: Alexa Casseus, James Desrosiers, Curt Theodore Armand, Denver Kettlie Armand, Farah Elena Clelie Watson, Dovens Desrosiers, Christian River Armand, and Dahlia Desrosiers. She has a host of cousins and friends who mourn her.
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