Degrace Odine was born on April 16, 1933, in La Plate,
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Haiti. She was the daughter of the late Amelius Odine
and Alizena Jean. She was the oldest of seven siblings.
She later moved to Port-de-Paix, Haiti, in her late
teenage to early adulthood, to provide a better life for
In 1996, at the age of sixty-three, Degrace emigrated from
Haiti to the United States, specifically Fort Lauderdale,
Florida. Thereafter, she became an active member of La
Renaissance Baptist Evangelical Tabernacle, founded
and led by Pastor Marcel Metayer. She was a woman of
unwavering faith. For many years, she was a part of the
women’s choir known as Group Dame of La Renaissance.
Degrace was a devoted mother of three children, Amos
Milfort, Francis Dorestil, and Polene Dorestil Arne.
She was known for being a quiet, graceful, caring, and
Degrace Odine, age 86, died peacefully and went home
to be with The Father, at 7:45 p.m., on Saturday, March
Left behind to cherish the memories and celebrate
her home going are: her three loving children, Amos
Milfort, Francis Dorestil, and Poléne Dorestil Arne;
sister, Lucienne Odine; daughters-in-law, Elaine Milfort
and Bertha Dorestil; son-in-law, John Arne; daughter-
in-law’s sister and best friend, Saintana Milhomme;
nine wonderful grandchildren, Velda Milfort, Aline
Milfort, Frantz Dorestil (Rebbeca Dorestil), Bethony
Dorestil, Beatrice Dorestil, Claudine Dorestil, Nicole
Dorestil, and John Arne, Jr.; great-grandchild, Scarlett
Dorestil; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, church
family, neighbors, and friends who will forever miss her
beautiful smile and quiet spirit.