Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Rosena Dumas

 Her children arise and call her blessed”-Proverbs 31:28


“Mama, Mommy, Grandma, Rose, Rosey, Tati, Friend, these are some of the names of our precious Rosena Dumas.


Born on August 29, 1946, in Cap-Haitian, Haiti, to Seide Dumas and Francoise Dumas. The fourth child of 11. She was always a protector of those she loved.


Her love for the Lord was incredible. Even in her sickness, she would raise her hands and give Him praise.  Even with her failing eyes, she had her Bible next to her reading.  She lived out her faith in God by how she treated others. She always made sure you were okay.  She would literally give her last. Even in her last days, she was always asking her grandchildren and her daughter, “Did you eat?”.


She always put others before herself, just as the Bible says we should.


She was full of life! She loved to take rides in the car just to look at different places. One of her favorite words was “wow”. She had this child-like joy when she looked at the world. It didn’t take much for her to be happy and to appreciate the little things in life.


She was the mother to her only child, Josie Cinalien. Their bond was indescribable. Josie was the pride of her life. The love between them was unshakeable. Even in her last days, she was making sure that Josie was okay. She held her face as she whispered her blessings to her.


She was a “mother” to many, whose lives she has touched beyond this life.  It was the way she cared about you that made you felt important to her.


She was the grandmother to Yvonika, Kahlea, and Amerh. They were the loves of her life. She would make sure each of them felt loved in a special way. She walked them to school each day and would have conversations that taught them life lessons that will carry them through their journey in life.


She was an amazing cook and she would always make sure to fix a plate for you. She also loved to work in the yard doing gardening and taking care of the plants.  She had that special touch that could bring a dying plant back to life.  She was an interior decorator. You would leave the house one way and when you came back, everything would be rearranged and you wondered how she managed to move all that heavy furniture by herself. 


She loved to look at the sunset. While she was in the hospital, she would make sure that her blinds were open so that she could look at the beauty in the sky, and just say “Wow.”


She loved her family and those she called friends.  She has left behind her beloved siblings, a host of nieces and nephews and a village of people who loved her beyond this lifetime. 


There is no one who could call your name like she would to make you feel so special as she did.


The sun set on her life, April 23, 2024, but her memories live on forever. Our hearts will forever have a missing piece that will never be replaced. We find strength in knowing that we will see her again. We know that she is dancing in heaven happily and has no more pain.


Thank you for the borrowed time you spent with us and the footprint you left on our hearts.  We will miss you forever, our forever angel, Rosena Dumas.

The family would like to thank all those have surrounded us during this time.  WE ASK INSTEAD OF FLOWERS, MONETARY DONATION IS APPRECIATED VIA CASH, ZELLE, VENMO OR PAYPAL AT 4076979416

Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2024 Church at the Cross- 700 Good Homes Rd., Orlando, FL 32818

Viewing 930 to 1030AM. Service 1030 to 1130.  Cemetery at 12:30 at Orlando Memorial Gardens 5264 Ingram Rd., Apopka, FL 32703

The family will receive guests at the Repast at Church at the Cross following the burial at 700 Good Homes Rd., Orlando, FL 32818

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Alice Davis Mackenzie


Alice Davis Mackenzie, 95, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and long-time Winter Park resident died at home April 15, 2024.

Born in 1929 and raised in Katonah, New York, Alice graduated Bedford Hills High School at 16 and attended Russell Sage College and the Maryland College for Women earning a B.A. in 1949.

After raising her six children, she pursued her love of running, completing four marathons, including the infamous New York City Marathon in 1988 at age 59, and the inaugural Walt Disney World Marathon in 1994. A familiar participant in Central Florida road races, she celebrated her 90th birthday at the Winter Park Road Race and enjoyed a huge crowd rendition of happy birthday.

Running, hiking, and traveling were Alice’s passions and she participated in many Road Scholar programs. In 1992, she met Jack Burns and together they navigated much of the Appalachian Trail. With family and friends, Alice traveled to Germany, Spain, Israel, and had extended stays in England and Italy.

Alice loved her garden.  We will always think of her when we “deadhead” our plants. Her yard was truly a paradise of native plants.  She also served as a regular volunteer in the Winter Park Library’s New Leaf Book Store for 15+ years.

Survived by Margaret “Marti” Mackenzie (George) of New York, NY; John Mackenzie (Sandi) of North Salem, NY; James Mackenzie of Sterling, VA; Betsy Hughes (Jon) of Orlando, FL; Kit Mackenzie of Dubuque, IA and Mary Hooper (Duane) of Atlanta, GA as well as 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. 

Alice was a devoted member of St. Richard’s Episcopal Church in Winter Park where a Funeral Service will be held Friday, May 10th at 4 pm with a Remembrance Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of Alice’s favorite non-profits.

Track Shack Youth Foundation

Track Shack Youth Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization that supports health and fitness programs for our youth. Track Shack - TrackShack Foundation

Saint Richard’s Episcopal Church, Winter Park, Florida

We are a church on a mission to discover God’s Grace, change ourselves, and change the world. https://www.strichards.org/give-online

Mead Botanical Garden,

Mead Botanical Garden Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to connecting people with nature. Make a Memorial or Tribute Gift – Mead Botanical Garden