She didn’t quite make it to 99 as she had hoped; she passed at 85 years young. Born the youngest of eight in Haiti, Gaby's sassiness and sense of adventure landed her in Spain, France, and later Minnesota for her undergraduate studies. A year later, she returned to Haiti to marry and had three daughters, Yvanne, Kristine, and Valerie. She worked at the American embassy in Haiti for several years. In 1963, she moved her family to New York to continue her education and start a new life. She obtained her PhD in psychology from Yeshiva University in 1974. She and her family then moved to South Florida. A few months later, she was asked to join the psychology department at Biscayne College, now St. Thomas University, and shortly thereafter became head of the department. She soon welcomed her son, Pierre, and her first grandchild. While teaching, she had a busy private practice and also spent several years designing and selling jewelry. More grandchildren arrived over the following years. She became the "sassy grandma" they loved so much. Later her love of exotic fruits led her to her true passion: making ice cream. And not just any ice cream, tropical fruit ice cream. She bought a farm in the Redlands and started her own ice cream business, Gaby’s Farm. Her ice cream was sold throughout Florida. She happily made ice cream with her children and grandchildren until she passed. She was a playful, vivacious woman who touched the heart of everyone she met. She is survived by her children; her grandchildren, Melissa, Michael, Stephanie, Mia, Marie, Joël, Nicolas, and Eleanor; her great-grandchildren, Johan and Chloe; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and friends who were like family to her. Many of us will continue to try and replicate her delicious sweet potato recipe, her upside-down pineapple cake, and all her other recipes, for that matter. But only she could make the perfect mango ice cream. May her spirit live happily forever on her farm among her tropical fruit trees.
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